Background

Students are invited to apply for full Academic Year (i.e. fall and spring semester) Open Education fellowships with the Lafayette Libraries. 

Fellows will work on projects that enhance or promote the work and values of Open Education on campus or beyond. Open Education can briefly be summarized as a move towards making educational materials (such as course textbooks) freely available and fully accessible for all students. For more detailed information please read SPARC’s page describing Open Education

Project Examples

Fellows will have the chance to tailor projects to their interests, but potential projects may include:

  • Event planning: putting together programming for Open Education Week or organizing guest speakers to educate the campus about textbook affordability issues
  • Promotion/outreach: bringing attention to and bolstering participation in an upcoming campus student survey about the affordability of course materials
  • Data analysis: interpreting results of the above survey; quantifying the impact of the Libraries’ Open Educational Resources Initiative

While we are open to projects concerning all types of topics and interests, we prioritize projects that center Open Education as a means to empower student advocacy and/or advance goals of social justice.

More information

  • Fellowships will last a full academic year – fellows will begin in the Fall semester and continue through the end of Spring semester.
  • Students are expected to spend approximately 2-3 hours per week on their project throughout the course of the fellowship – for a total of 60-90 hours. 
  • Each fellow will receive a stipend in the amount of $2,500 for a full academic-year fellowship ($1,250 paid at the beginning of each semester).
  • Students will be expected to publish any materials created as part of their project under a Creative Commons license – Creative Commons training will be provided as part of the fellowship.

Application process

Students interested in applying for a fellowship should first contact Ben Jahre, Head of Electronic Resources, to discuss their interests and project idea(s).

Applications will be accepted from June 1 through July 15. Fellows will be notified of their acceptance by August 1, 2022 and will be expected to begin working on their projects at the beginning of the Fall semester. Depending on the scope of the project, students may need to begin work prior to the start of the Fall semester – in these cases, early housing may be arranged.

After discussing their project with the Head of Electronic Resources, students should submit an application including:

  • Name, pronouns, and year
  • Disciplinary Area(s)
  • A resume highlighting relevant experience
  • A personal statement (500 words maximum) addressing the following:
    • Why the student is interested in the fellowship, including any specifics about the student’s interest in and/or experience with:
      • Open Education
      • Affordability issues
      • Social justice
      • Student advocacy
    • A description of the project or the type of work the student is interested in pursuing. Include details of how the project would further the goals of Open Education and how it can have a positive impact on Lafayette students, the college as a whole, or the broader academic community
    • How the fellowship would advance their future academic or career goals
  • If applicable, budget needed in addition to the stipend to complete the project, including travel, materials, early housing, etc. (though funds may also be requested in the middle of the project if needs arise).