Resident Applications

From January 28, 2016, to March 21, 2016, the AAPB NDSR will be accepting applications for residents to join the 2016-2017 cohort. Seven residents in total will be selected. Each resident will be assigned to complete one of the seven AAPB NDSR host projects focusing on digital preservation of public media.

Resident Applications are now CLOSED. Selected residents will be announced May 2.

AAPB NDSR 2016-2017 Resident Application Form

Residents will be paid a stipend of $29,977 for the ten months of the program, with benefits provided on top (not taken out of) their salary. For more detailed information about how the resident will be supported and how they will spend their time, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on this site.

To be eligible to apply for AAPB NDSR, applicants must:

  • have received a master’s degree or expect to be receiving a master’s degree in a field with relevance to digital preservation or public media (such as Library and Information Science, Moving Image Archives and Preservation, Computer Science, Media Production, etc.) within the past two years of the residency’s start date (July 2014-July 2016)
  • be prepared to move to the geographic location of their host institution for a ten-month period
  • be eligible to work in the United States

Applications should be mailed to, and should include:

  • A completed application form, including a ranking of preferred host projects; those preferences will be taken into consideration when matching selected residents with host institutions
  • A resume/curriculum vitae containing a summary of your employment history, qualifications, and education
  • A 1-page cover letter which provides a clear statement of your goals and demonstrates an understanding of or strong interest in audiovisual digital preservation
  • Two reference letters (to be sent independently by the authors of the reference letters, as per instructions in the application form)
  • A video or online project which should answer the question, “Why are you interested in audiovisual digital preservation and/or preservation of public media?”

If selected, residents will gain:

  • a full-time, fully funded position working in a public media organization or archive for ten months
  • hands-on experience developing and carrying out preservation projects focused on digital audiovisual media
  • a week-long immersive advanced training session in digital and audiovisual media, as well as access to ongoing education opportunities through the course of the residency
  • ongoing mentorship and career development guidance from notable digital preservation professionals
  • travel to three national professional conferences fully funded by AAPB NDSR
  • an educational stipend for the resident to take advantage of other professional development opportunities of their choice
  • the opportunity to create a final professional portfolio of deliverables created for AAPB NDSR projects
  • a direct connection to a broad professional network of local and national archivists, digital preservation experts, hosts, instructors, mentors, and previous residents

Residencies will run from August 2, 2016 to May 26, 2017, preceded by a weeklong training period in Boston. For more information on the timeline of AAPB NDSR, please visit the Timeline page on this site.

If you’re interested in becoming a 2016-2017 resident, we also recommend checking out the blogs created by previous cohorts of New York and Boston residents; past NDSR project updates at The Signal; and Vicky Steeves’ online presentation about her experience in NDSR NY.

AAPB NDSR program staff are also happy to answer any questions about the upcoming residency. Please reach out to Rebecca Fraimow ( with thoughts or queries.