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Call for Applications: Self-Funded Fellows for IDEA Institute on Artificial Intelligence (Tentatively In-Person July 10-16)–Deadline Fri., April 9

(via Dr. Clara Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at Mortenson Center, UIUC Library)

We invite applications for self-funded Fellows for the inaugural IDEA (Innovation, Disruption, Enquiry, Access) Institute on Artificial Intelligence (AI). We are seeking library and information professionals and educators interested in enhancing their knowledge of AI to participate in the Institute.

The IDEA Institute offers one-week of intensive learning and practical experience in AI applications in library and information environments. The first Institute will be held at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville on July 10-16, 2021, Saturday-Friday (dates are tentative, pending COVID-19 circumstances).

We are seeking 5 Self-funded Fellows. Program fee: $250.  Fellows will additionally be responsible for the cost of their housing, transportation and non-program meals.

Our priority is to recruit and create a cohort of Fellows who will represent diverse socio-demographic backgrounds, types of positions, types of libraries, and capacities of implementing AI in their workplace. We are recruiting applicants who:

(1) are enthusiastic to learning, evaluating, and applying AI in library and information environments;

(2) are committed to learning web coding and statistics fundamentals during the Pre-Institute Onboarding Program;

(3) are committed to participating in the online Pre-Institute Onboarding Program (10-15 hours contact time over three months) and post-Institute activities (e.g., project presentations and implementation); and

(4) can attend the 2021 IDEA Institute in Knoxville, Tennessee, for one week.

IDEA Fellows will be chosen through a competitive selection process.

The first Virtual Information Session was held on January 12, 2021. The recording can be accessed here.

To apply, fill out the Application Form directly or go to the Institute’s website and select APPLY.  Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 9. Fellows accepted to the Institute will be notified in mid-April 2021.

For more information, please check the website or contact Dania Bilal (dania@utk.edu).

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