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A Call for Applications: Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship (2022-2023)

Application Deadline: April 25, 2022

Award Notice: May 2, 2022

Are you an SIS graduate student looking for real-world experience in digital preservation?

The University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences (SIS) and the East Tennessee Public Broadcasting Station (ETPBS) invite SIS graduate students to apply for the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship for an opportunity to gain hands-on experiences in the practices of audiovisual preservation, address the need for digitization of at-risk public media materials in underserved areas, and increase audiovisual preservation education capacity in our MSIS program.

Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)awarded to WGBH (GBH) Educational Foundation in Boston to support graduate students to pursue digital preservation projects at public broadcasting organizations around the country.

The Fellowship

The Fellowship will begin in the summer 2022 with a series of preliminary training webinars to provide basic training in audiovisual preservation concepts and cohort activities. In August, the fellow will attend an in-person Immersion Training and gain hands-on experience in appraisal, handling, and digitization of sound and audiovisual material. The Immersion Training will run over three days—dates, location, and schedule for the Immersion Training will be announced in May.

Following Immersion Week, Fellows will begin the Fellowship in September working 16 hours/week between both the East Tennessee Public Broadcasting Station (ETPBS) and Knox County Public Library’s Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) for a total of 224 hours per semester (with a break in the middle in accordance with the UTK academic calendar). The Fellow will be assigned a faculty advisor to supervise and support their work throughout the Fellowship. Fellows will also be matched with a local mentor from TAMIS.

The first semester of the Fellowship will be primarily focused on inventory, assessment, digitization, and cataloging. In the second semester, the Fellow will complete preservation activities and focus on creating a digital preservation plan for their materials and special collection updates to promote the station’s materials on the AAPB website. Fellows will also be responsible for creating documentation and video tutorials for future students. Fellows will attend the Association of Moving Image Archives conference in November 2022 to present on their projects. The Fellows will conclude their Fellowship by working with their Faculty Advisors to present a training event for other students in their programs.

Eligibility & Terms

  • Fellowship is open to all students enrolled in the MSIS Program at the University of Tennessee during the fellowship year
  • Must be in good academic standing (with a minimum GPA of 3.0)
  • Must have the ability to work on-site in Knoxville
  • Students from historically marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply

Offer: The Fellow, pending final funding approval, will receive a stipend for their work over the course of the fellowship, at the rate of $23/hour for a total of $5152 per each semester fall 2022 and spring 2023. Fellows will also receive travel funding to attend Immersion Week training and the AMIA 2022 fall conference.


  • Summer 2022: virtual & in-person (TBD) training
  • Semesters fall 2022 & spring 2023: in-person Fellowship (Knoxville)

Hours: Flexible schedule. 16 hours/week for a total of 224 hours per each semester fall 2022 and spring 2023

How to Apply

Applications are submitted through the following LINK. Please be prepared to upload:

  • Cover letter stating:
    • any relevant classes and/or work experience that shows their interest in technical areas of the information profession;
    • your interest in the Fellowship and future career goals relevant to digitization of at-risk public media materials in underserved areas
    • any other commitments during the Fellowship.
  • Resume or CV
  • A copy of your (unofficial) transcript


Applications are due April 25, 2022.  Applicants will be notified of final decisions by May 2, 2022. For further questions, please contact Dr. Abebe Rorissa (