Become a Host

NDSR Art seeks partner institutions across the U.S. to host recent master’s degree recipients for a year-long residency. These residents will work onsite to complete a digital stewardship project designed by host institution staff.

Those who are considering applying should review the following:


To learn more attend, our Host Applicant Webinar, August 18, 2017, 1:00 p.m. EST. Potential applicants can register and view past NDSR Art applicant webinars here.

Host Institution Benefits

  • Contributions from a highly skilled and motivated residents selected from a national pool of applicants
  • Salary and professional development stipend for a full-time resident for twelve-months (hired by the host institution in partnership with the program)
  • Access to continuing education and professional development for staff
  • The chance to be an integral part of a collaborative, national network of host institutions sharing knowledge and experiences related to art information digital stewardship


Participation in NDSR Art requires a high-level of institutional engagement, which is why applicants must send a letter of commitment from the institution’s director in their application. Host institutions are expected to hire their resident for one year and assign one full-time staff member to act as the resident’s institutional mentor. The institutional mentor should be able to dedicate a percentage of their time to the project and is expected to join their resident at the week-long training session in Philadelphia. Host institutions must designate a workstation and provide project resources, and incorporate the resident into the entire institutional culture.

Project Proposals

Host applicants are responsible for submitting a digital stewardship project proposal. This should include an explicit description of how the project and its outcomes will be incorporated into organizational operations and a summary of how the project fits in the larger scope of digital stewardship and the institution’s mission.

Host applicants should identify projects that are challenging, deeply steeped in some aspect of the digital preservation lifecycle, promote innovation in the field, and provide leadership opportunities for both the resident and their institutional mentors.

NDSR Art projects should focus on one or several aspects of art information digital stewardship, such as

  • planning for long-term sustainable access to digital assets, including
    • born digital works of art and time-based media,
    • electronic publications,
    • interpretive technologies and apps,
    • in-house produced audio-visual materials
  • reformatting, migration, and/or emulation of complex digital objects,
  • design and planning for content management and metadata systems,
  • addressing institutional readiness and assessment of digital preservation planning, and
  • policy issues, including
    • intellectual property,
    • copyright,
    • access and use, and
    • accessibility.

Read about selected project proposals for the 2017/18 NDSR Art cohort here. Additional examples of successful NDSR project proposals are available on NDSR-DC and NDSR-NY program pages.



NDSR Art is presented by

Philadelphia Museum of Art