Apply Now for The METRO Fellowship

We're thrilled to announce that we're moving on to the next phase of the METRO Fellowship. After being in receipt of a great number of well-considered "reverse pitches" for fellowship projects from our members, we are ready to let the applications roll in.

Feel free to either read on or view application info on the fellowship website.

Application Process
Individual applicants should focus their project proposals within one or more designated areas of inquiry; applicants are also welcome to submit proposals that fall outside these areas. We encourage all applicants to take a close look at the reverse pitches that METRO member organizations provided.

While we are excited to hear any and all ideas in your proposals, we are paying closest attention to proposals that solve real-world challenges or problems of practice as they have been defined by our members. In addition, we are seeking proposals that can solve cross-organizational challenges, so referencing more than one reverse pitch will certainly capture our attention.


  • Fellowship Applications due: May 13, 2016
  • Fellows selected/notified: June 17, 2016
  • Fellows confirm acceptance: June 24, 2016
  • Fellowship period: September 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017

[Note: Dates subject to change.]

Areas of Inquiry
METRO and the advisory council have assessed the pool of reverse pitches and are suggesting the following Areas of Inquiry to help fellows frame their proposals in a way that can solve cross-organizational challenges. Applicants are also welcome to submit proposals that fall outside these areas.

[Another note: the areas of inquiry are posted here; click through to see a list of the proposals that fall under each heading.]

Linked Open Data/Crowdsourcing to Expose Institutional and Community Archives
Explore strategies and tools to enhance discovery of various collections through linked open data and crowdsourcing. Surface and expose underrepresented communities and collections by facilitating community-based selection and description. Examine the ways in which we can best serve underrepresented, under-exposed communities by empowering them to frame their own historical records, to tell their own stories, and to participate in the process of naming.

View corresponding pitches here.

Inclusivity and Diversity in the Profession and Beyond
Examine solutions for systemic change in the profession--how we hire, work, collect, and connect. Develop initiatives and identify practical solutions to ensure effective representation and inclusion of diverse individuals and communities.

View corresponding pitches here.

Transforming Workflows, Procedures, and Organizational Culture
Consider ways of embedding new workflows and work practices into existing duties of staff. Evaluate resources, develop training materials, and create realistic solutions that will enable libraries, archives, and museums to effectively address the needs of collections, staff, and users in the 21st century.

View corresponding pitches here.

Community Lab
Identify tools and necessary resources, build curricula, deliver programming, and design space requirements for a centralized hands-on learning and teaching laboratory.

View corresponding pitches here.


Please reach out to us with your questions! Margo Padilla is leading this project; be in touch with her at mpadilla at metro dot org.