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College of Mass Communications and Information Studies


Cultural Heritage Informatics Leadership Program

Our school is home to the Cultural Heritage Informatics Leadership program, a prestigious doctoral fellowship focusing on the intersection of libraries, museums and archives.

The program addresses the need for new scholars who understand the problems and opportunities faced by cultural institutions. Our program connects students to mentors and leaders in many areas, including business, government, education and non-profit organizations.

The major features of this fellowship

  • Students in the program explore problems and solutions from many perspectives. They take classes and have learning experiences across the USC campus in areas including museum studies, business, history, journalism, public administration and archival studies.
  • Students focus on the practical problems facing cultural heritage institutions. As part of their program of study, they take part- or full-time internships to get a closer understanding of the challenges.
  • Students have the opportunity to teach, develop workshops and seminars, present research papers and attend professional conferences.
  • Students have extensive and sustained interaction with faculty from a wide variety of fields.
  • Students explore and learn more about the connections between technology, information and cultural institutions.
  • Students create new partnerships not only with faculty and fellow students but also with leaders and managers of museums, archives and libraries.
  • Students graduate prepared to take leadership roles in cultural institutions as well as teaching and research positions at universities.

This program is federally funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Participants receive three to four years of funding for tuition, research and teaching opportunities, resources to support research and travel, an annual stipend/scholarship, and mentoring from SLIS faculty as well as the Digital Humanities Research Fellows.