CALL FOR APPLICANTS: DIGITAL RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative invites proposals for two new fellowships. These fellowships will support graduate students wishing to include significant digital components in their major research projects in the humanities and arts, who are interested in hybrid models of dissertations (or significant publications), and who wish to strengthen their digital methods capacities while collaborating with others.

Two types of Fellowships will be awarded:

1. Digital Innovation Research and Dissertation Fellowships. We are eager to see proposals from PhD-seeking students wishing to develop significant digital components of their dissertations. We are particularly interested in proposals for hybrid dissertation models that complement a significant digital research project with scholarship in another format or medium (e.g., a database and associated long-form report, a research report and associated media project, a research report and associated public event with a digital component, etc.) Although we hope to fund hybrid dissertation work, we also welcome proposals from all graduate students wishing to explore hybrid publication models and to extend digital research beyond a single semester or course-related project.

Description: These awards provide up to five hours per week of consultation and support for digital research projects. Support will consist of training in relevant digital research methods, consulting to develop plans and specifications for research projects, assistance with project management, and feedback on research in progress. Fellows will also receive a $4,000 summer stipend to support their work. Note that stipends are subject to reductions related to university benefits, taxes, etc.

Expectations: Recipients will meet weekly with support personnel and Digital Innovation Methods Fellows to plan and implement projects; integrate digital approaches into a significant portion of their academic research (e.g., as a digital component of a hybrid dissertation or as a significant digital project or publication); and submit a hybrid set of materials representing the products of their research. The Fellowship period will run from the spring through fall semesters of 2017.

2. Digital Innovation Methods Fellowships. We are seeking graduate students interested in sharing and further developing expertise in digital research methodologies. We are looking for candidates who have strong experience with one or more digital research methods, but also welcome applications with strong interest in learning new methodologies.

Description: These awards support graduate students as they devote time to learning innovative research methods. Fellows will also provide feedback and guidance for graduate Digital Innovation Research and Dissertation Fellows, collaborating on developing and deploying digital methods. Fellows will also share knowledge of digital methods and consult with others interested in digital research.

Expectations: Fellows will work up to ten hours per week in the Digital Innovation Lab, receiving funding at $20.00 per hour to accrue up to $6,000 during the course of their Fellowship. Fellows will devote time to developing expertise with digital research methods; collaborate with Digital Research and Dissertation Innovation Fellows; consult regularly with faculty and students working on significant research projects; offer workshops on digital research methods; and create support materials for others. The Fellowship period will run from the spring through fall semesters of 2017.

APPLYING
Submit a statement of interest and a current CV to Malina Chavez (malina@unc.edu) with a copy sent to Daniel Anderson (iamdan@unc.edu) no later than 11:59PM on January 5th, 2017. The statement of interest should be no more than two single-spaced pages and indicate the type of fellowship sought. If you are interested in potentially partnering with another Fellow on the proposed project, please discuss the collaboration.

Applications for Digital Innovation Research and Dissertation Fellowships should submit a statement of interest (no more than two single-spaced pages) including a description of the research project to be pursued; an initial survey of digital methods relevant to the project; and discussion of plans for creating a hybrid dissertation or significant publication. Applicants should also submit a statement from their faculty advisor and/or Director of Graduate Studies affirming support for their proposal. This can be in the form of an email or single page document, think of this as more of a declaration of support rather than a letter of recommendation.

Applicants for Digital Innovations Methods Fellowships should submit a statement of interest (no more than two single-spaced pages) including details about relevant experience with digital research methods; evidence of an ability to learn new digital tools and approaches; and evidence of an ability to work with others on collaborative research projects.

For questions related to the proposal process, contact Daniel Anderson (iamdan@unc.edu).