Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) is proud to be a part of The American Library Association’s (ALA) Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program. The program stems from the Spectrum Scholarship Program and aims to recruit more diverse library and information science (LIS) faculty members.

The University of South Carolina, the University of Maryland, the University of Washington, and Emporia State University will join Syracuse and ALA to recruit a cohort of 8 to 10 racially and ethnically diverse doctoral students focused on advancing racial equity and social justice in library and information science curricula.

“As a participant and graduate of the 2013 cohort of Spectrum Doctoral Fellow program, I recognize the benefits of peer and faculty mentoring in pursuit of the Ph.D. The curriculum benefit and the cooperative work between institutions make this a wonderful opportunity for those interested in studying with scholars that research in areas defined by anti-racism and social justice in the LIS field,” says iSchool Assistant Professor LaVerne Gray. “The LIS professoriate needs more representative and intellectual diversity to expand knowledge in the field and contribute to the valuation in areas that need more exploration.”

The fellowship will focus on the development of future LIS faculty committed to fostering racial equity. It’ll also build capacity and cooperation amongst partnering LIS degree programs to expand social justice curricula and increase support for doctoral students and faculty who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Fellowship students will also attend a two-day conference and join a professional cohort.

On November 3, 2021, prospective applicants can attend a virtual informational session. Advanced registration is required to attend the event.

Applications for the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program open on November 4, 2021, and close on December 10, 2021. Those interested may apply here.