Fondren Fellows


About the program

The Fondren Fellows program funds Rice undergraduate or graduate students to conduct research or teaching projects sponsored by Fondren Library that involve skills, collections, spaces, or services related to libraries and archives. Projects are proposed by Rice faculty members or Fondren staff who serve as mentors, establishing parameters, monitoring, and assisting the Fellows in time-management and the development of new skills. These projects cover a wide range of topics, and may involve working with archival collections, developing digital databases, or helping people learn how to effectively find and use information.


Check out the 2022-2023 projects:

  1. Topic Database Creation Over the Rice Thresher  
  2. Design, Development, and Delivery of Python Workshops 
  3. Post-Covid Corporate Stakeholder Engagement and Social Advocacy     
  4. Fondren Library Data Repository for Data Science Education and Experiential Learning, Phase I 
  5. Houston Highways 
  6. Visualizing Catastrophe in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Interactive Map of Photography and Natural Disasters
  7. Mapping TIMEA
  8. The President’s Scientists: Understanding the Evolving Role of White House Science Advisors
  9. Mapping Hispanic Early Modern Theater in the US
  10. Blood Will Tell?: Genetics and Madness
  11. Listening to our users: Centering DEI in Library Publishing Services
  12. History of Japanese Farmers in Texas
  13. OUT OF THE GUTTER: cataloging a new collection of international comic art at Rice University
  14.  Building Capacities for Systematic and Qualitative Analysis in the Social Media Archive
  15. Developing Houston Hip Hop Archives
  16. Where Is Texas on the SlaveVoyages Website? Reconstructing the Coastwise Traffic to the
    Lone Star State in the Nineteenth Century



The Fondren Fellows program offers the following benefits to students:

  • Receive a competitive wage. Fellows will receive $17/ hour for up to 200 hours of work.
  • Create a meaningful research or teaching project in collaboration with experts.
  • Hone research and communication skills.
  • Work flexible hours; most positions involve at least some remote work.    


Program expectations

Once selected, Fondren Fellows must:

  • Submit a research plan
  • Participate in regular meetings with their mentor(s) and, as appropriate, with other Fellows   
  • Be able to dedicate at least 5-10 hours of work per week to their project
  • Provide reports on their progress in meeting the project goals
  • Present their project at a public forum, such as the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium (RURS) or a Fondren Town Hall Meeting
  • Acknowledge the Fondren Fellows program in any publications or presentations resulting from the fellowship
  • Provide feedback on the Fellows program, including by completing a brief survey at the middle and end of the fellowship


How to apply

Applications for the Fondren Fellows 2023-2024 cohort selection will open late summer/fall of 2023.


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More about the FF

Fellows are encouraged to upload completed project materials and presentations to the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive (RDSA). This has resulted in the FF section of the RDSA, which is available here

Fondren Library gratefully acknowledges the John “Terry” Maltsberger III estate for creating an endowment to support expanding the Fondren Fellows program - "Surprise for Fondren Library: $2 million endowment to fund experiential research," Rice News (November 5, 2018).

Between 2016 and 2019, the Fondren Fellows program was funded through the generous support of Trish Brice. The program's inception originally drew inspiration from a similar program at Vanderbilt, as well as by student research programs at Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership and Rice’s Humanities Research Center.

For more information, see Jeff Falk's article: "Fondren Fellows Program showcases students’ research prowess," Rice News (April 17, 2017).

Contact Information



Mailing Address:

Fondren Library MS-44
Rice University
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892