Five College Undergraduate Digital Humanities Fellowship CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:

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Five College Undergraduate Digital Humanities Fellowship CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 

Submissions due 22 December 2017. Successful recipients will be notified by 2nd of January 2018.

The Five College Consortium is pleased to announce the return of our fellowship for undergraduate projects in the digital humanities. Junior and senior undergraduate students (though others will be considered) across 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 Fellowship includes a $1000 educational stipend and support for research expenses (up to $500), work with a project mentor, and active participation in a Fellows’ seminar. Fellows will also be eligible to apply for additional funding to attend conferences to learn relevant techniques or information or to present their results.

What is the digital humanities? In the Five Colleges, digital humanities is less a specific field and more a collection of interests, practices, and questions about current and historical interactions between humanities research and digital resources and computing technologies.

3D Technological Approaches and More

This year the Five College Digital Humanities Program is looking to support innovative digital humanities scholars and studies that take advantage of these newly accessible 3D technologies that are radically reshaping our lives, worldviews, and our scholarly studies. By 3D technologies, we mean 3D scanning, virtual reality, 3D modeling and anything that moves humanities research from flatland to the third dimension. Looking beyond 3D, we will also be accepting applications for other digital humanities projects that are innovative and creative. 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.

Collaboration is the Key

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, students do not have to be humanities majors or concentrators at their institutions.


Work on each proposed project must begin before January 22nd, 2018 and be finished by June 30th, 2018. Fellows must participate in intensive introductory seminars, attend regular meetings with peers and advisors from Five College Digital Humanities throughout the year, and present their results at a public symposium during the spring semester.

If the proposed project forms any part of the student’s curricular obligations, whether for a thesis, capstone project or independent study, the student should consult his or her academic department for policies on due dates and submission requirements.

Ask Us!

In advance of applying, students are strongly encouraged to consult with their faculty recommenders; with Eric Poehler, Faculty Director of Five College Digital Humanities (; and/or with Jeffrey Vadala, Five College Digital Humanities Postdoc (

All applications are due December 22th, 2013 at 9 PM (EST). The submission link for the application may be found at:

Please note that late applications or applications sent any way other than the web application will not be accepted.
Applications must include:

  1. A description of the proposed project including a timeline, possible collaborators, and the likely final format (1000 words maximum).
  2. A description of the student’s scholarly and/or creative background and his or her preparation for this project. (500 words maximum).
  3. An outline of the project’s proposed budget if supplies and/or travel for research or to present at conferences is expected. Funding for supplies or other research expenses, other than travel to conferences, may not exceed $500.
  4. A name of a faculty referee who can speak on the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate and project.


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