Summer Repository Research Fellowship

Partner Repositories



In partnership with Indiana University Bloomington repositories and with support from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Institute for Advanced study offers a short-term Summer Research Fellowship to support immersive collections research. This initiative is intended to support research in the rich collections of the IU Bloomington campus and to build partnerships between scholars at and beyond IUB.

Started in Summer 2015, this program funds a short-term Summer Research Fellowship for a visiting faculty member or community scholar researcher to conduct in-depth research in the collections of one or more of our partner repositories. Applications from faculty members at Minority Serving Institutions and community colleges and from source community scholars are welcome.

Visiting researchers may apply independently or jointly with an IUB faculty research partner. Applications for collaborative research with Indiana University Bloomington faculty members will be given preference.

The fellowship provides an allowance for travel, lodging, and per diem as well as a two-week stipend for the visiting researcher and for the IUB faculty researcher.

Award funding includes:

$2,000 travel, lodging, and per diem (maximum allowance)

$3,000 two-week stipend for visiting researcher

$3,000 two-week stipend for IUB faculty research partner

Maximum award amount is $8,000.

While in residence, the visiting researcher or research team will be expected to conduct at least two weeks of research and make an informal presentation about the project in progress.Resulting analyses or conclusions should be disseminated online, in print, or through exhibition.

Project proposals should clearly articulate the research question and approach, how it fits with any larger research agenda, and the importance of the specified collection(s) to the project. Applications will be reviewed by staff at the partner repositories and by a small committee of scholars in diverse fields. Project descriptions and research dissemination plans should be composed with such audiences in mind.

Please note that this fellowship is intended to support research in IU Bloomington’s unique collections, so research focus should be on materials that cannot be accessed elsewhere. Projects focusing on items that can be purchased, borrowed through interlibrary loan, or utilized effectively from a distance via digital surrogates are not within the scope of this program.


Note: Applicants must receive approval of dates and proposed research from the archive, library, or museum where they propose to conduct research before submitting application materials. List the name and contact information for the staff member/s you speak with on the application.

Questions may be addressed to IAS Associate Director Suzanne Godby Ingalsbe at

Applications should be submitted electronically in ONE PDF FILE to Kristina Downs, Communications and Projects Manager, at by Friday, March 23, 2018. Notification of awards will be made in April 2018.

Download Application.


Archives of African American Music and Culture

The Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) is a repository of materials covering a range of African American musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era. Our collections highlight popular, religious, and classical music, with genres ranging from blues and gospel to R&B and contemporary hip hop. The AAAMC also houses extensive materials related to the documentation of black radio.

Archives of Traditional Music

The Archives of Traditional Music is an audiovisual archive that documents music and culture from all over the world. With over 100,000 recordings that include more than 2,700 field collections, it is one of the largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the United States. Its holdings cover a wide range of cultural and geographical areas, vocal and instrumental music, linguistic materials, folktales, interviews, and oral history, as well as videotapes, photographs, and manuscripts.

Black Film Center/Archive

The Black Film Center/Archive was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions. Collections include films, interviews, photographs, posters, press kits, pressbooks, and materials documenting the careers of individual filmmakers.

Indiana Geological Survey

The IGS is the repository for more than 1,100 rock cores collected in the state of Indiana. The cores have geospatial coordinates and are accompanied by paper and digital geological logs; these data are available via the IGS’s Petroleum Database Management System. The collection serves as an Indiana and midwestern resource for sedimentologic, stratigraphic, paleontologic, and paleoecologic research, as well as for applied research on industrial minerals, petroleum, and gas. With permission, the collection may be directly sampled. The IGS collections also include other large collections accessible to researchers, such as 84,000+ petroleum records, 10,000+ lithologic strips, and 5000+ gamma log records.

Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology

The Glenn Black Laboratory is a repository for archaeological artifacts, data, and documentation for sites in the Midwest including those associated with Indiana’s largest archaeological site, Angel Mounds State Historic Site. GBL collections include objects, papers, maps, microfilms, photographic negatives and prints, slides, films, digital files, illustrations, and artwork.

IU Herbarium

The IU Herbarium is a research museum with 150,000 specimens. It is the official herbarium for the State of Indiana, it holds the collections of Charles Deam (the basis of The Flora of Indiana), it is the specimen repository for faculty and student researchers at IU, and it is an essential campus facility for specimen-based research because specimens are loaned only to established herbaria, not individual researchers.

Kinsey Institute

Founded by Dr. Alfred Kinsey in 1947, the Kinsey Institute Collections document a persistent pursuit of sexual expressions, sexual understanding and knowledge, from the erotic images on a Roman oil lamp to the landmark studies of Dr. Kinsey to current research. The collections comprise more than 500,000 items, including books, journals, photographs, art, films, archival records and other special and unique research materials. Thousands of students and scholars of human sexuality use the collections. More detailed information about the collections can be found here

IU Libraries

(Contact Marion Frank-Wilson ( for information about which library units are accepting applicants.)

IUB Libraries provide strong collections, quality service and instructional programs, and leadership in the application of information technologies. The collections support every academic discipline on campus and include more than 7.8 million books, journals, maps, films, and audio/visual materials in over 900 languages. Users can access more than 800 databases, 60,000 electronic journal titles, and 815,000 electronic books, as well as locally developed digital content. Of particular note are the extensive collections of the University Archives; the Lilly Library, the rare books, manuscripts, and special collections library of the Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington; the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive; IU Libraries extensive area and international studies collections which include published as well as unique archival materials; the IU Libraries’ Folklore and Ethnomusicology Collection, which is the largest, most comprehensive library collection devoted to this subject in the world; and the William and Gayle Cook Music Library.

IU Paleontology Collection

The IU Paleontology Collection is public trust research repository for fossil material. Its 1.3 million specimens document past research projects and serve as a resource for new synthetic research on stratigraphy, paleoecology, evolution, and the biotic effects of climate change. The Collection serves as a resource for paleontological research at Indiana University and the international scientific community. With permission from its curators, researchers may gain access to the Collection by visiting Indiana University or via loan.

Jerome Hall Law Library

The Jerome Hall Law Library is among the finest academic law libraries in the country. It houses a first-rate collection in Anglo-American law as well as substantial holdings in international and foreign law. In addition to the print collection, users have access to numerous, important electronic legal information sources through the Library's website.

Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Mathers Museum Collections consist of over 30,000 objects and 10,000 photographs representing cultures from each of the world's inhabited continents. The museum holds several significant collections of materials from various countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific/Oceania, and Central and South America. The museum also has North American Euro American collections and North American Native American collections. Of particular note is the museum’s collection of over 2,000 ethnomusicology items, which is one of the largest such collections in the country and includes materials from all continents.

Sage Collection

Elizabeth Sage, the first professor of clothing and textiles at Indiana University, began her Indiana University career in 1913. As author of one of the first costume history textbooks, she established historic costume as a topic of serious study. During her summer breaks from teaching, Miss Sage traveled extensively and collected exquisite costumes and textiles to use as teaching samples in the classroom. After teaching for twenty-four years, she retired in 1937. At that time, she donated her collection of samples to Indiana University and the Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection was born. Today, the collection is composed of two parts: a museum-quality collection intended for exhibition and research, and a study collection used in classrooms and studios for hands-on examination of historical, contemporary, and couture fashions and techniques.

The recipient of the 2017 Summer Repository Research Fellowship was Isaac Leung, of The Education University of Hong Kong, Chairman of Videotage. Dr. Leung conducted research in the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive (IUMIA).

The Institute for Advanced Study's 2016 Summer Repository Research Fellows were:

Michelle Ann Abate from The Ohio State University, collaborating with Heather Elizabeth Blair of IUB to work in collections of the Lilly Library.

Deborah Cohen from University of Missouri-St. Louis, collaborating with Lessie Jo Frazier of IUB to work in the University Archives.

Michael P. Gonella from the Myaamia Research Center, Miami University, working in collections of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and IU Herbarium.

Philip M. Novack-Gottshall from Benedictine University, Lisle, IL, working in the Indiana University Paleontology Collection.

Paul Tyler from Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago City Colleges, working in the Archives of Traditional Music and Traditional Arts Indiana/Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

The recipient of the 2015 Summer Repository Research Fellowship was Benjamin J. Barnes. Barnes, Second Chief of the Shawnee Tribe, is collaborating with the directors of the Glenn Black Lab and the Mathers Museum, April Sievert and Jason Baird Jackson, and Glenn Black Lab staff member Wayne Huxhold. For more information click here. For flyer information click here.

August 5, 2015 presentation kewakotam'ka'fope": Together we find treasures in archival sources of knowledge click here.

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IAS Summer Repository Research Fellow Ben J. Barnes giving a talk at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, August 2015


Q: What are the dates of the summer research residency?

A: The Summer Research Fellowship period may be scheduled between May and August. Exact dates are proposed by the researcher(s) and must be approved by the host repository.

Q: May graduate students apply for the Summer Repository Research Fellowship?

A: This program is intended for faculty members and community scholar researchers, especially those who might be engaged in collaborative research with IU Bloomington faculty members.

Q: May I stay for longer than two weeks?

A: Yes, in arrangement with the host repository, you may schedule a longer stay. However, we will only provide stipend funds for the first two weeks, and the housing and per diem allowance cannot be increased.

Q: Do my two weeks in residence have to be consecutive?

A: No, if the partner institution agrees with a non-consecutive schedule, you do not have to complete your research weeks consecutively. But the travel allowance will not be increased if you travel to and from Bloomington more than once.

Q: May I apply for a research visit of only one week?

A: We feel strongly that a minimum of two weeks is necessary for the type of immersive research experience we are striving to facilitate. For this reason, only applications proposing two or more weeks in residence will be considered.

Q: Will I be able to conduct materials sampling or test conservation methods on collections?

A: Any research methods need to be cleared with the repository staff, including creation of digital surrogates, sampling, etc. All collections access and interaction will be undertaken according to the policies and procedures of the host repository.

Q: May I bring a research assistant?

A: If your host repository agrees, you may bring a research assistant. This should be made known to IAS (ideally at the application stage, although certainly before your arrival). Only the primary research awardee(s) will receive the IAS award funds, including stipend.

Q: Who will make my travel and lodging arrangements?

A: The visiting researcher is responsible for making travel and lodging arrangements and collecting receipts for reimbursement. The Institute for Advanced Study can provide a list of possible campus accommodations.

Q: What if my travel and lodging costs exceed the maximum allowance?

A: We can only provide travel and lodging reimbursements up to the amount specified.

Q: What if my travel and lodging costs are less than the specified amount?

A: We can only provide reimbursement for travel or lodging costs documented by receipts.

Q: What documentation will I need to submit for reimbursement?

A: You will need to keep and submit receipts for all travel and lodging costs for which you want reimbursement. If you have questions about specific costs, please contact us at

Q: Do I have to stay in a particular place while in Bloomington?

A: The lodging allowance is based on the guest rates for Evermann Apartments on the IUB campus. ( Evermann is cost efficient and convenient since it is on the bus line, but we realize that visitors may prefer to make other arrangements. You are welcome to choose another place to stay, but the maximum lodging allowance will not change.

Q: How is the per diem rate figured?

A: The per diem rate is provided by the IU Travel Office. The 2015 rate is $56/day. A maximum of 14 days of per diem may be awarded to a visiting researcher.

Q: I am an IUB faculty member with a 12-month contract. Am I eligible to be a research collaborator for this program?

A: IUB faculty members on 12-month contracts may be included as research collaborators for this fellowship, but we are unable to award the summer research stipend to IUB faculty members in such an instance.


Photo courtesy of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.