What is IDEASc?

IDEASc—Integrated Doctoral Education with Application to Scholarly Communication—is a fellowship program designed to further scholarship and practice in the area of scholarly communication by integrating practical experience in the library with the research and classroom experiences that comprise the traditional education of doctoral students.

Why choose IDEASc?

Fellows will be provided with intensive mentoring, wide-ranging opportunities to conduct research in scholarly communication, and comprehensive training in pedagogy, curricular development, and in-class instruction. Our efforts are motivated by an awareness of the complex transformations of library roles in the scholarly communication environment and the increasing need to educate future LIS faculty with an integrated understanding of research and practice so as to meet the needs of future MLS students.

What can I study?

Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited to, digital libraries, scientometrics, intellectual property, metadata, altmetrics, university presses, data curation, digital humanities, scholarly publishing, institutional repositories, and copyright.

How will I be supported?

IDEASc will accept four doctoral fellows. Each doctoral fellow will receive a stipend of $23,000, health insurance, tuition, travel assistance, and funding for publication in an open access journal for three consecutive years as part of this program. They will also have an opportunity to work in the library and with leading faculty studying the diverse range of issues related to scholarly communication.

Funding was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the grant “Integrated doctoral education with application to scholarly communication (IDEASc)” (RE-02-14-0023). The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. IMLS's mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. IMLS's grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit IMLS and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

More Info & Contact

Please download this file for more information about IDEASc. If you have any other questions, please contact Dr. Cassidy Sugimoto or any other members of the IDEASc team for more information.