The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress announces a new Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies to examine the impact of the digital revolution on society, culture and international relations using the Library’s collections and resources.

History teaches that groundbreaking technological innovations can be agents of broad and profound change. Their transformative effect on society can be greater than is anticipated or originally understood. Innovations such as the printing press and aerial flight continue to affect every level of human experience. The digital revolution is another such transformation.

The Library’s John W. Kluge Center seeks proposals from scholars worldwide that will generate deep, empirically-grounded understanding of the consequences of the digital revolution on how people think, how society functions, and on international relations. Proposals may also explore and analyze emerging trends and new phenomena that may generate consequential changes in the future. All proposals must state the importance of the research to fundamental thinking about the human condition.

Scholars should include a discussion of how the resources of the Library of Congress will inform the intended research. Resources at the Library of Congress include:

  • The National Digital Library with more than 30 million online documents in support of the study of the history and culture of the United States.
  • The World Digital Library, a collaborative digitization of national and cultural treasures from countries worldwide.
  • The Library of Congress web archiving program, which preserves millions of websites pertaining to significant events such as the terror attacks of 9/11 and United States Presidential elections.
  • The National Digital Newspaper Program of 5 million newspaper pages.
  • The Records of the U.S. Copyright Office, including digital deposits.
  • The Law Library of Congress collection of more than 2.8 million law books and other legal resources.
  • The Library’s general collection of 35 million volumes.
  • The Library’s subscriptions to e-journals and electronic databases.
  • The Twitter archive (expected to be available solely to on-site researchers in the coming years).

Scholars are encouraged to think creatively of how the Library’s collections may inform a study of the digital revolution’s impact on how we think, how we live, and how we relate to one another.


  • Open to scholars and practitioners worldwide.
  • Open to U.S. citizens or foreign nationals.
  • Open to scholars from all disciplines.
  • Ph.D. or other advanced terminal degree strongly preferred.

Tenure & Stipend

  • For residency up to eleven (11) months. Constraints of space and the desirability of accommodating the maximum number of Fellows may lead to an offer of fewer months than requested.
  • $4,200 per month, paid monthly by the Library of Congress, by means of electronic transfer to a U.S. bank account.
  • For residential research at the Library of Congress only.


Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form, in English
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages; additional pages will be discarded)
  • A complete project proposal, including:
    – A single-paragraph abstract
    – A statement of proposed research (maximum 3 pages)
    – An explanation of why the Library of Congress is the appropriate venue for your research (maximum 1 paragraph)
    – A bibliography of works you have consulted for your proposal
  • 3 references with completed reference forms from people who have read the research proposal

Applicants should indicate the collections of the Library of Congress that will be used for research. Please do not use any staples for the mailed application materials; use paper clips instead.

Due Date

All applications must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on November 15, 2013. Please follow all instructions carefully.

Submission of applications by e-mail is preferred. Submit to Print applications may be mailed to The John W. Kluge Center at the address at the bottom of this page. Please include an original application (signed).


Kluge Fellows in Digital Studies will give at least one public presentation of their research. Two copies of any ultimate product of this research (book, article, film, website, etc.) should be sent to the Library of Congress Kluge Center.  Fellows can expect to have opportunities to meet with Library specialists and curators while in residence. This is a residential fellowship, and the Fellows are expected to be in full-time residence (for up to 11 months) at the Kluge Center within the Library of Congress while conducting research at the Library.  The Fellows will be provided with research space and support in the Kluge Center and are expected to engage in the life of the Center while in residence.


A panel of scholars will review your application materials. The panel will consider your application in relation to numerous other proposals. Evaluation criteria will include:

  • The significance of the project’s contribution to knowledge in the field.
  • The quality of the conception, definition, organization and description of the project.
  • The likelihood that the applicant will complete the project.
  • The appropriateness of the research for the Library of Congress.


Up to three (3) Kluge Fellowships in Digital Studies will be awarded by the Library of Congress.

Awards will be announced on or about June 1, 2014.  For non-U.S. fellows, your award is conditioned on visa and payment eligibility, which are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Your payment may be subject to federal and state income taxes.  To qualify for entry into the United States under a Library-sponsored J-visa, you must obtain specific types and amounts of medical insurance to cover you during your stay in the United States.  If your present medical insurance does not meet these requirements, you are required to arrange for a separate policy prior to your arrival.  Staff members are available to provide guidance regarding insurance requirements. The Library does not provide health insurance coverage but can provide contacts with commercial providers.

If you are a U.S. resident, the Library will provide you with an annual report of Library payments to you during the calendar year, but it will not issue you a Form W-2 or Form 1099-MISC.  Determining the amount of federal and state income taxes that you may owe will be your responsibility.

Award letters will include a form that must be filled out and submitted to the Library of Congress to determine tax residency status and the potential for U.S. Federal income tax withholding. Scholars who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who do not already have a U.S. Social Security number will be required to obtain either a Social Security or tax identification number, as appropriate, at the start of their fellowship at the Library, regardless of the taxability of their income under this program or exemption under a treaty with the United States.

Transportation arrangements are the responsibility of each fellow. Housing is not provided by the Library of Congress.

Contact Information

Completed application packets, questions, and other requests for information should be sent to or to the following address. Please note that continuing mail delivery problems at the Library make it preferable that the application packet be submitted by fax or email. If, however, you mail the packet, please insure delivery by the deadline date:

The Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies
The John W. Kluge Center / Office of Scholarly Programs
Library of Congress, LJ-120
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4860
tel. 202 707-3302; fax 202 707-3595