Digital Humanities Student Fellowships
About the Fellowship
During the second half of the fall semester, the Five College Digital Humanities Undergraduate Fellowship program invites undergraduate students at any of the Five Colleges to submit proposals for creative and/or scholarly projects that draw together the humanities or arts and substantial work with digital technologies. The fellowship itself runs during the following spring semester. The Fellowship includes a $1,000 educational stipend, additional funds for research expenses, and active support from our program.
What are the digital humanities? Projects in the digital humanities can emerge from any combination of academic disciplines, but nonetheless demonstrate a commitment to sharing of tools, methods, and insight. Such projects are often driven by new connections between thinkers and makers, and ideally, transform how we connect with others through scholarship. Since 2013, we have supported student projects such as a virtual reality showcase of local plants and environments, a study of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, mixing tech and hip-hop, and an exploration of the relationship between visual media and the viewer, as well as still more not mentioned.
We support digital humanities projects that are novel, creative, and cutting edge. For instance, projects might focus on innovative, humanistic applications of digital mapping, computational arts in installation or performance, database or web resource design, public interfaces for knowledge sharing, 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.
Fellows attend regular meetings with peers and advisors from Five College Digital Humanities throughout the spring semester, present their projects at a public student symposium at the end of the project, and contribute blog posts to the 5CollDH website.
Check out our FAQ section below or send an email to [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions
- WHAT ARE THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES?
- The term “Digital Humanities” is a bit of a catch all, but we describe our initiative as one that helps artists, scholars, and practitioners to integrate new technologies into their scholarship, teaching, and creative work, while also bringing the insights and the domain-specific practices of the arts and humanities to bear on technological growth and transformation. The Digital Humanities cut across academic disciplines, but with a commitment to the sharing of tools and to the spreading of knowledge. DH projects are often driven by new connections between thinkers and makers, and ideally transform how we connect with others through scholarship. At their best, the Digital Humanities generate new ways of understanding the world’s complexities.
- WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS ARE ELIGIBLE?
- Because of the digital humanities’ wide, interdisciplinary scope, the range of eligible projects is also broad. In the past, we have funded projects as diverse as developing iOS apps for museum tours, organizing digital artists’ residencies, and creating born-digital essays. All we ask is that your project draw together digital technologies and the humanities in ways that address both fully, and that ideally interrogate each other in new and surprising ways.
- WHO CAN APPLY?
- Sophomores, juniors, and senior undergraduates (or their institutional equivalent) at any of the Five Colleges are welcome to apply. We are unable to fund students who will be graduating before May of the current fellowship year, although those students are welcome to join a group application.
- WHAT ARE THE AWARDS?
- The fellowship includes a stipend and access to materials and travel funds. The stipends are $1000, paid in two parts, one at the beginning and one at the end of the fellowship. Applicants will be reimbursed for materials and training expenses up to $500.
- IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN’T PURCHASE WITH FELLOWSHIP FUNDS?
- Setting aside purchases that are illegal or unrelated to the proposed project, there are a few limitations on what can and cannot be purchased through the fellowship. Materials and travel monies cannot be used to purchase computers, tablets, or smartphones, although they can be used to purchase components (hard drives, RAM, etc.). The same goes for major electronics purchases such as DSLR cameras—lenses and SD cards are a possibility; the camera itself is not.
- TALK TO ME MORE ABOUT COLLABORATION.
- 5CollDH believes that Digital Humanities is a necessarily collaborative practice. It is the rare individual who possesses all the skills required to successfully complete a DH project. As such, we ask that each proposal address some collaborations, whether with fellow students, staff, or faculty, that you feel are integral to your project. It’s okay if these collaborations be speculative—we just want to know that you’re thinking about them!
- I DON’T KNOW HOW TO CODE. CAN I STILL APPLY?
- Yes! Many projects today rely on tools and platform that require only a small amount of familiarity with writing lines of code. The 5CollDH Fellowship is an opportunity to grow as a scholar and to gain the skills and experience you need to do DH work. All we ask is that you come in with a sense of what you want to learn, whether it’s a set of programming languages, research skills, technical facilities, or simply more about a research question.
- MY PROJECT IS ALSO MY HONORS THESIS, OR OTHERWISE PART OF MY COURSEWORK. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MY APPLICATION?
- You’re welcome to submit honors thesis or Division III projects as a fellowship application, but should be aware that the deadlines of the 5CollDH Student Fellowship do not always sync up with the dates required by your department or institution. Check with your programs first to make sure that you can make all of the deadlines they require from you.
- I STILL HAVE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS AFTER READING THIS FAQ. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
- Reach out to us at [email protected].