Become A Resident

Beginning in winter 2017-18, NDSR Art will accept applications for its second resident cohort. Applicants should wait until the 2018/19 hosts are announced before completing their applications. In the meantime, follow along with the current residents on their blog and see below for additional information about goals and requirements for participating in the program.

Residents Webinar – Learn about the NDSR Art resident application process and hear from our four 2017-2018 hosts. The webinar is recorded and available on the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal.

Program Details

NDSR Art seeks four residents for year-long placement at host institutions across the country. NDSR Art residencies run for 12 months, from August 2017 through July 2018 and from August 2018 through July 2019. Residents will complete digital stewardship projects on-site at their host institutions.

2017-2018 Residencies will run from July 30, 2017 to July 21, 2018, preceded by a week-long training period in Philadelphia. For more information on the timeline of NDSR Art, please visit the Timeline page on this site.

To get a sense of what it is like to participate as a resident, we recommend blogs created by the current AAPB cohort; past NDSR-NY and NDSR-Boston cohorts; the Library of Congress.

Professional Development

Participation in the program includes a week-long advanced training session, ongoing workshops, lectures, and special events, and other cohort activities. Residents work with mentors at their host institutions and local ARLIS/NA chapters. Mentoring and career development services are available through involvement in the larger NDSR and ARLIS/NA communities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have received a master’s degree (or higher) within two years of the residency start date in a field related to the stewardship of digital information. If you are receiving your degree after the application deadline, and are selected as a NDSR Art resident, you will need to sign an agreement confirming you will receive your degree prior to the residency start in August 2017 or will relinquish your place in the program.
  • The NDSR is an ongoing, multi-city program developed and supported by IMLS. As such, residents should expect to interact with former and current residents in other cities, to advocate for the program at professional conferences and events, and provide valuable input to NDSR program officers on ways to improve and extend the NDSR program.
  • Applicants should be prepared and willing to move to the geographic location of their host institution for a twelve-month period beginning in August 2017.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

Application Details

  • Applicants should fill out the application form, compile supporting documents, and  submit them in one e-mail to with the subject line “[Your Name] NDSR Art Application.”
  • A sample application is available here


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NDSR Art is presented by

Philadelphia Museum of Art