Summer Digital Humanities Dissertation Fellowships

4 awards granted each year. Applications only accepted for Fall Funding Rounds.

Eligibility: UW doctoral students who have passed their qualifying exams by the deadline for application

Description of Category/Purpose of the Award:

The Summer Digital Humanities Dissertation Fellowships support scholars whose dissertations use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways and/or explore the historical, social, aesthetic, and cross-cultural implications of digital cultures.  

We are particularly interested in projects that address the goal of reaching beyond the border between the academy and the larger public. We also encourage applications from scholars using the open source multimodal authoring and publishing platform Scalar for long-form digital scholarship; the Simpson Center is an affiliate of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, which developed Scalar. 

Digital projects may be conceived as a complement to a print project.  

Defining or Preferred Criteria:

Awards are based predominantly on the scholarly merit of the applications as well as the level of preparation demonstrated by applicants to undertake and complete the project. Projects do not necessarily have to be completed during the summer fellowship term. As with the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Digital Innovation Fellowships, reviewers will take into account the comparative advantage of the project as measured against similar or related projects.

Terms of the Award:

Dissertators will receive $5,500 in summer salary (including benefits) as well as a research budget of $1,250; these funds may be used for travel, purchase of digital collections, participation in digital humanities workshops, such as the University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute, etc. Research funds remain available to fellows until the following June. The intended use of these funds for these purposes does not need to be outlined in the proposal.

Summer Residency Requirement:

Participation in the 6 to 8 weekly lunch meetings of the Digital Humanities Commons is required; this fellowship is not appropriate for those whose projects require time away from the university in the summer. For Summer 2014, sessions will begin the week of June 23 and, if meetings are held for 8 weeks, will extend through the week of August 4, 2014.

Application Materials:

  • Proposal Narrative. Limit 1750 words (approximately 6 double-spaced pages).
    Proposal narratives should focus on the digital aspect of the project in the context of the dissertation as a whole and describe the project in language clear to non-specialists in their scholarly field. Please refer to the guidelines for the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships. Narratives should address:
    • Intellectual ambitions and objectives of the project
    • Significance to scholarship in the field and outside the field
    • Methodology/ies
    • Timeline (progress to date and what will be accomplished during the summer) and project plan
    • Preparation to undertake research if the applicant will be using digital tools
    • The sustainability of the project: presentation, dissemination, and preservation of the project
    • Pertinent intellectual property issues, with bearing on who will have rights and/or access to the knowledge/products generated by the project
  • Bibliography. Limit 550 words. Select primary and secondary sources directly related to the project.
  • CV. Please limit to 2 pages.
  • Letter of Support. Limit 1, from the UW advisor to the dissertation.