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ACMS Library Fellowship 2016

American Center for Mongolian Studies is pleased to continue the ACMS Library Fellowship. This fellowship supports US advanced graduate students, faculty members, or professionals in library and information sciences from colleges and universities to conduct short-term library development projects and/or research in Mongolia for a period of up to 12 weeks between May and October 2016. The fellowship is supported with funding from the US State Department Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau through a grant by the Council of American Oversees Research Centers.

Applications to the 2016 Program

The ACMS Library Fellowship program is intended to help support the development of the ACMS research library and build stronger connections among local library partners through specific defined projects designed to enhance collection content, resource accessibility, and training. Fellows are hosted by the ACMS and should propose projects that have measurable positive outcomes for the scholarly community served by the ACMS. Project proposals with similar outcomes and impacts on local partner libraries are also especially encouraged. Fellows spend a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks onsite in Mongolia at the ACMS library. Projects must begin after May 1, 2016 and end no later than September 30, 2016. Prior experience working in Mongolia is not a requirement. One to two Fellowships of up to $4,000 will be awarded to fund travel and living expenses.

Applicants are encouraged to examine the ACMS library portal to assess the current state of development of the ACMS library and local library partners. Project proposals should demonstrate how the project once completed will have a positive and measurable impact on the scholarly community served by the ACMS and/or local libraries through enhanced collection content, resource accessibility, or training.

***Due to conditions set by the funding agency only US citizens are eligible to apply to this program.***

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 15, 2016. Applications must be received by this date to be considered.

Applications must be submitted online HERE .

Note: Your application is not saved until you click the "submit" button on the last page of the online application form, so you may initially work through the application without submitting the form to see all required data. It is advisable to prepare your data for the application in advance before attempting to submit your complete application.

All inquiries about the program should be sent to:

Instructions for applying are available directly below:

Award Amounts

The program will provide up to $4,000 per individual award (allowable expenses include domestic and international airfare, in country transportation). Applicants are encouraged to apply for funding from other sources in addition to the ACMS Library Research Fellowship program to support their work. Demonstrations of other applications or receipt of other sources of support will be viewed favorably by the review committee. Successful projects must require fellowship recipients to be in Mongolia for at least 4 weeks but not more than 12 weeks to complete.

Selection Process

Library development projects in any area that address enhancing collection content, resource accessibility, and training are eligible. Prior experience conducting research, studying, or working in Mongolia is not a requirement for applicants. Final selection is made by a selection committee comprising members of the academic and professional communities in Ulaanbaatar utilizing uniform evaluation criteria. The application is due by February 15, 2016, and selection announcements will be made by the end of March 2016.

The ACMS is committed to equitable access and participation without regard to gender, race, national origin, color, disability or age. Due to the requirements of the funding organization, participants must be citizens of the United States. The ACMS will work with all applicants to overcome barriers, however applicants with disabilities should be aware that disability accommodations in Mongolia may be limited. Applicants need to be aware that there may be limited to no access to regular medical treatment in Mongolia, and applicant’s health status should permit travel to and within Mongolia in order to be eligible for this program.

Terms and Conditions

1. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or have completed a degree in a library and information sciences or related field at least at the master’s level.

2. All applicants must be current members of the ACMS to be considered for the program.

3. All applicants must be citizens of the United States.

4. Proposed projects must require at least 4 weeks but not more than 12 weeks to complete. Proposed project start dates should be no earlier than May 1, 2016, and proposed project end dates should be no later than September 30, 2016. Award recipients are expected to adhere to their proposed start and end dates as much as possible and to spend at least 4 weeks and not more than 12 weeks contiguously in Mongolia.

5. All travel between the US and Mongolia that uses funds from the fellowship program must meet the provisions of the Fly America Act. Details about these provisions will be provided to Fellowship recipients.

6. A portion of the fellowship stipend will be withheld until the recipient submits their final report on their fellowship experience. The final report will include reflections on both the programs conducted, and how the experience is expected to impact future academic and career development.

7. Award recipients are responsible for paying all taxes related to their awards. The fellowship funds awarded are generally considered income in the United States, and therefore must be reported to the tax authorities. The ACMS bears no responsibility for withholding or remitting taxes related to these awards.

8. Fellows are responsible for ensuring proper medical and evacuation insurance coverage during their time in Mongolia. Proof of insurance coverage will be required before disbursement of fellowship funds.

9. The ACMS reserves the right to adjust the amounts and types of awards given under this program, as well as the general terms and conditions, before award agreements are reached with each recipient.

Additional Information

The ACMS offices in the US and Ulaanbaatar are available to assist the scholars chosen for the program to prepare for their project in Mongolia by providing pre-departure information on Mongolia, assisting with logistics such as travel arrangements to and from Mongolia and within the country, helping to locate research materials and local contacts, assisting with the fellows' living arrangements (if applicable), and overseeing the projects during their time in Mongolia. Previous experience working or studying in Mongolia is not a requirement to apply for this program, but applicants should demonstrate an ability to successfully complete their proposed project.

Applicants without prior experience in Mongolia are especially encouraged to contact the ACMS at for guidance about particular aspects of their project proposals.

All participants are required to submit a final report on their fellowship experience that reflects on both their proposed project and how the experience might impact their academic or career development. Poster presentations are organized at the Association of Asian Studies annual meeting to allow participants an opportunity to report on their research experience, and recipients are encouraged to participate if possible.