Five College Undergraduate Digital Humanities Fellowship CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Evan Young/ September 20, 2018/ Sandbox: The 5CollDH Blog/ 0 comments

Submissions due 15 November, 2018.
Successful recipients will be notified by December 1st, 2018.

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 2018-2019 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 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 25th, 2019 and all materials are due no later than June 30th, 2019.

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

If you are curious about the Fellows program and want to learn more, please attend our “Digital Humanities Mixer” where you can learn more about the 5CollBLDH program, meet others interested in digital humanities, and find encouragement for your ideas. The mixer will be Thursday, October 18, 4:30-6:30pm at the Five Colleges offices (97 Spring St in Amherst). We will be serving pizza and soft drinks. Gluten free and vegan options available upon request; email The building is wheelchair-accessible and other accommodations can be provided upon request.


All applications are due by Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 9 PM (EST). The application page is here: A direct link to the application form is here: 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 a 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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