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Application Process

To be considered for a Buchanan Library Fellow position, candidates must be undergraduate students enrolled at Vanderbilt University in good academic standing. Application is through a linked RedCap form on the Fellows' homepage. Required documents include:

  • Curriculum vitae including name, address, email, and telephone
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member

Previously selected Library Fellows may not reapply for a new project.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until filled, at which time the opportunity is closed. Accepted students will receive a formal notice of acceptance. For general information about the Buchanan Library Fellows program, contact

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Spring 2022 Fellowships - Apply Here

Tsuguharu Foujita and the Art of the Cat Exhibition

If you like researching art, enjoy cats, and want to learn about curatorial work, join the gallery staff to work on an exhibition opening in summer 2022 on the artist Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968.) As a curatorial assistant, one fellow will assist the interim curator with research for the upcoming exhibition Tsuguharu Foujita and the Art of the Cat. The position will require 5-6 hours/week of work at the Fine Arts Gallery at Cohen Memorial Hall. Tasks include object and image research, writing and other tasks related to exhibition production and installation. Prerequisite: coursework in art history, art or related discipline. Contact: Mary Anne Caton

21st Century Climate Fiction

The climate crisis is here. How will you navigate it? How do contemporary authors address the changes we face across natural, social, political, psychological and cultural landscapes?  What can we learn from them about growth and survival? In this Fellowship, students will develop curate an exhibition in the Central Library using climate fiction from Special Collections and other works. Visitors to your exhibit will learn how fiction helps us to imagine/navigate these landscapes. Prerequisite: Eng3730 Literature and the Environment: 21st Century Climate Fiction
Contact: Mary Anne Caton, Teresa A. Goddu

Archives and Storytelling: Exploring the Life of Dizzy Gillespie through Photographs

Vanderbilt’s Special Collections recently received the John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie collection which includes a wealth of photographs and snapshots that document the musical activities of this iconic figure in jazz history. Fellows will work to identify Gillespie's associates in the photos and then build a web exhibit to tell a story about the life of Dizzy Gillespie. Fellows will also have the opportunity gain hands-on experience with exhibition production and installation by curating an exhibit on Dizzy Gillespie. Included in this fellows program is an opportunity to work with Gillespie scholars who are actively researching this collection to gain first-hand knowledge of how researchers use archival materials to advance scholarly publications.
Contact: Zach Johnson, Holling Smith-Borne 

Exploring Disinformation in Media and Society

From the 2016 presidential election to contemporary conspiracy theories related to the pandemic and politics, much attention has been paid to the role of social media in the rapid spread of disinformation. What exactly is disinformation, though? Is this a new phenomenon, or is it deeply embedded in power structures predating social media? Join this fellowship to explore the role of disinformation in both legacy media and social media, and its effects on society. Through a seminar-style approach, students will follow this open access curriculum, connect theory to contemporary news, and create a podcast as their final project. These podcasts will become part of an ongoing project exploring the intersection of media and society.
Contact: Andy Wesolek 

Modalities of Textual Analysis: Exploring British Periodicals 

How can you identify and explore patterns across millions of documents? In this fellowship, Buchanan Library Fellows will learn state-of-the-art techniques for text mining at scale. Fellows will join an ongoing research project to analyze constellations of information in ProQuest's British Periodicals Collections. Depending on interest, Fellows will learn to use Databricks, a framework for analyzing datasets on Spark; Rumble, a query engine for exploring semi-structured documents on Spark; and Netsblox, a block-based programming language with robust connections to network-based tools like Stanford’s CoreNLP. After completing the fellowship, Fellows will be able to extract information from big data sets in the humanities, social sciences, or other fields with relative ease and confidence. The fellowship can accommodate up to ten students.
Contact: Cliff Anderson, Mark Schoenfield