Learn more about libraries and librarianship as a career by becoming a Provost's Fellow in the University Libraries. 

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About the fellowship program

The Provost’s Fellowship in Information Science for the University Libraries provides outstanding CU Boulder graduate students at the master’s and PhD levels with the opportunity to expand their understanding of libraries’ and librarians’ roles in the evolving information ecosystem (facts & statistics about the University Libraries). From data curation, to archival management, to information literacy, librarians are organizing, preserving and providing access to information in ever-changing formats. Over the course of the spring semester, fellows work with library faculty to explore the intersections of people, technology and information. 

The University Libraries offer Provost's Fellowships to graduate students for the spring semester. The Fellowship must begin in the spring semester, but work can continue into the summer.

Fellows are awarded $1,500 for 100 hours of participation in the program that pairs them with a Library Faculty Mentor. Fellows receive the stipend in three installments. Fellows may also concurrently work towards earning the CTL Future Faculty Development Certificate.

Examples of project opportunities

Cultural Heritage Guide Development: Collaborate with the Library Communications Team, Library collaborators, and campus partners to develop a series of library resource guides that celebrate various cultures and heritages. Get hands-on knowledge creating resource guides and will play a key role in developing a process and best practices for creating and sustaining cultural heritage resource guides.

Metadata Enhancement Project: Work with legacy metadata to improve or enhance it according to emerging descriptive practices - an opportunity to work with several digital collections and multiple schema according to current needs.

To Apply 

Applications for Spring 2023 are now closed. Please check back in mid 2023 to learn about opportunities for Spring 2024.


Fellowships take place in the spring semester. A call for applications is issued during the previous fall semester, and finalists are selected and interviewed by the Libraries’ faculty members late in each calendar year. Interviews have been held remotely via Zoom in recent years. 


  • You must be currently enrolled as a full-time CU graduate student in good standing during the same academic term you are to serve as a fellow and receive a fellowship.
  • You must not have previously earned a graduate degree in library science.

Documents & Application Form

  • We ask that applicants complete our online Fellowship Application Form, and submit a Curriculum Vitae or resume.