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Read about the 2013-2014 residents here. Details about the next residency will be available soon.

Applicant Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the National Digital Stewardship Program. Before going any further in the application please remember the following guidelines for eligibility. If you don’t meet all these requirements your application may not be considered.

Applicants to the NDSR should:

  • possess a master’s degree with graduation between Spring 2012 and later in one of the following fields
    • Library Science
    • Information Science
    • Archival Science
    • Records Management
    • Computer Sciences
    • Museum Studies
    • Art History
    • Engineering
    • Digital Media
    • Master of Arts in New Media
    • OR any discipline related to these fields that deal heavily with digital objects.
  • have a demonstrated interest/engagement in digital stewardship
  • have demonstrated leadership qualities/abilities
  • have solid communication skills (written, oral and multimedia)
  • be comfortable working and learning in group settings
  • expect to provide post-residency feedback to the Library, IMLS, and future residents, informally and through planned events
  • remain engaged with the program, post-residency
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be able to work full time on site in Washington, D.C.

Application Materials

Materials for the 2013-2014 residency included:

  • Complete questionnaire at USAJOBS posting
  • A federal resume or CV created in USAJOBS geared towards digital stewardship work.
  • A one-page cover letter that describes interests and qualifications for the program and the projects the applicant is most interested in working on.
  • Unofficial or official undergraduate and graduate-level transcripts
  • An OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment form
  • A two to three minute video, submitted by hyperlink, that creatively shows your aptitude for tackling the challenges of your favorite host proposals and your passion for digital preservation.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, one professional and two academic (from professor, department head, and/or advisor), that attest to the applicant's proficiency, reliability, and interest in digital stewardship.

Please see our FAQ section or send application questions to