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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The 2019-2020 Five College Undergraduate Digital Humanities Fellowship

Submissions are due December 6th, 2019 at 9:00pm.
Successful recipients will be notified by December 13th, 2019.

The Five College program in Blended Learning and Digital Humanities is pleased to announce that our Undergraduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. Junior and senior undergraduate students (and exceptional sophomores) at any of the five colleges are invited to submit proposals for creative and/or scholarly projects that draw together the humanities and substantial work with digital resources and/or technologies. Up to five fellowships will be awarded. The Student Fellowship includes a $1000 educational stipend and support for research expenses (up to $500). Final projects will be presented at our spring symposium on April 23rd, 2020, and all materials are due no later than June 15th, 2020.

What is (or are) the digital humanities? In the Five Colleges, digital humanities refers less to a specific field and more to a collection of interests, practices, and questions about current and historical interactions between humanities research and digital resources and computing technologies. Because of this wide and interdisciplinary scope, the range of potentially successful fellowship applications is also broad. For instance, projects might focus on digital mapping, computational arts in installation or performance, database or web resource design, or the interpretive study of the humanities’ relationship with digital technologies. In all cases, proposed projects should result in a piece of independent and original work that can be shared with the community, whether that be scholarly research, a curated exhibit, a multimedia performance, or a piece of software.

Digital humanities projects rarely succeed through the work of a single researcher working in isolation, hence interested students are strongly encouraged to seek out and to propose collaborative opportunities across disciplines. Preference in fellowship awards will be given to proposals that include interdisciplinary collaborators, be they fellow students with similar interests or useful skills, research librarians, instructional technologists, or faculty members. While proposed projects should deal principally with questions related to the humanities, student applicants do not have to be humanities majors or concentrators at their institutions.

If you are curious about the Student Fellows program and want to learn more, please visit our Student Fellowships Webpage (https://5colldh.org/dh-student-fellowships/) and the FAQs at the bottom of the page.


All applications are due by Friday, December 6, 2019 at 9:00pm (EST). A direct link to the application form is here: https://forms.gle/EZBSNn1jiuJDevM56. Please note that late applications or applications sent any way other than the link above will not be accepted.

The application form includes the following questions:

  1. Describe your project including details about a timeline and possible collaborators. (750 words maximum).
  2. What are your goals and plans for the output of your project?
  3. What other projects exist that are similar to yours or explore similar questions?
  4. Describe your scholarly and/or creative background and your preparation for this project. (500 words maximum).
  5. Create an outline of the project’s timeline.
  6. If supplies and/or training are expected, propose an itemized budget. Funding for supplies or other research expenses may not exceed $500.
  7. Provide the name and email address of a faculty member who can speak to the strengths, weaknesses, and overall outcome of your project.

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