Berry IJC Fellowship

The Berry International Jazz Collections Fellowship funds one student each year to collaborate with the faculty and staff at the University of Idaho Library to increase the visibility and use of the International Jazz Collections (IJC) through work on a specific project. The University of Idaho Library invites students from any discipline at the University of Idaho to apply for the Berry International Jazz Collections Fellowship.

2020/21 Fellowship Project

The fellowship project for the 2020/2021 academic year is based on the Library’s Lionel Hampton Collection and is titled “Exploring Hampton’s Social Network.” The 2020/2021 Fellow will work with faculty to conduct original research to identify dates, places, and individuals in historical photographs, and then use that information to create new features in our digital collections. These features may include geolocating photos, creating interactive timelines, and/or employing other digital humanities methods to allow users to engage with the Lionel Hampton Collection.

The fellowship begins in the fall semester and will conclude with an exhibition of the student’s work at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival as part of the Library’s International Jazz Collection exhibits. The fellow should plan to spend approximately 10-15 hours per week between October and February in order to accomplish the goals of the project.

This award includes a $4,000 student fellowship given as a stipend and up to $500 in research funds to help cover the cost of materials and supplies, project-related travel expenses, etc.

How to Apply

Students must submit 1) a written application as outlined below, and 2) a letter of support from a U of I faculty member. The faculty member may assist the student in preparing the application, but the application must be the student’s own work. To apply, email application materials to on or before Monday, September 28.

Please provide a written answer of approximately 500 words to the following prompt:

This project will require original research and creative uses of technology. Library faculty members will provide assistance and mentorship at all stages of the process, but the work will also require solid time-management and regular proactive communication. Please describe how your own experiences (personal, academic, and professional) have prepared you to be successful.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Student is prepared for the project (coursework, experience, interest and ability to navigate and use primary sources etc.)
  • Student is prepared to take intellectual ownership and can complete the work in the allotted time period
  • Faculty member has submitted supportive recommendation