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Extended Professional Development Opportunity Program

The Extended Professional Development Opportunity Program (EPDOP) provides professional-development leaves of one to three months' duration-with full pay and benefits-for independent projects that increase professional competencies while providing direct benefit to Harvard's libraries.

Applicants must have completed a minimum of three consecutive years of service to the University and must demonstrate the approval of appropriate supervisors, librarians, department chairs, and/or other designees. Arrangements must be possible to cover necessary assignments in the applicant's absence.

Eligible projects may include:

  • scholarly research directly related to the applicant's position at Harvard;
  • initiatives to improve technical or library-oriented activities, such as internships and exchanges;
  • internships at other institutions;
  • writing in areas served by the applicant's position; and
  • intensive reading and study in areas new to the applicant's profession and of a scope that extends beyond normal professional expectations.

Proposals must include descriptions of any "deliverables" to be presented afterwards and the amount of time needed. EPDOP may be used in conjunction with awards from other fellowships or research grants if permitted by the supervising librarian of the faculty.

Spring Deadlines
May 1—discuss preliminary proposals with local supervisors and library administration

June 1—submit final, locally approved proposals to HUL Associate Director Barbara Graham in Wadsworth House

June 30—EPDOP awards announced

For full details, visit the HUL web site at, or contact Dana Hanify in the University Library Director's Office at 5-3650 or

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