How to Apply
The Innovator in Residence application process has two phases: 1) a 3-page concept paper and 2) an invitation-only full proposal.
The Library is accepting concept papers until May 2nd, 2022 at 12pm EDT. Follow the instructions in Sections 4.1 and 5.1 of the Broad Agency Announcement External to apply. You may also wish to consult this list of Frequently Asked Questions as you prepare your application, and these collection ideas from library staff.
Library staff will host two public information sessions to share information about the announcement and answer questions from the audience.
The Library will provide answers to questions periodically by issuing amendments to the announcement, and will keep a running list of questions and answers on this web page.
About the Residency
We’ve established a broad Innovator in Residence Program to support innovative and creative uses of our collections that showcase how the Library relates to and enriches the work, life, and imagination of the American people.
We will pay you up to $80,000 each year for a maximum of two years to do research with Library of Congress collections, produce a creative and transformative digital work for the American people, and serve as an ambassador for the Library. We anticipate the residency will take place part-time both virtually and in-person, beginning in September 2022. You will propose your own schedule for the residency as part of the application process. The unique work must be delivered within the first year. In the second year, you will promote and connect your work and Library resources with communities, continue your research, and create scaffolding materials for your work to support community interaction. Work completed in year one cannot be dependent on a second year, which is optional.