The Simpson Center’s offices are currently all online. Our staff is available by phone and email. We do our best to respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Simpson Center for the Humanities

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships - Graduate Students

4 awards granted each year. Applications considered in fall funding round only.


UW doctoral students who have completed their master's degrees by the deadline for application and who will receive no other funding during the term of the award. Please contact the Simpson Center if you have questions about your eligibility.


The Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships for Graduate Students support scholars whose projects use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways and/or explore the historical, social, aesthetic, and cross-cultural implications of digital cultures. We have expanded our call for proposals to also include projects focused on digital humanities pedagogy.

Digital projects may be conceived as a complement to a print project, and projects that incorporate digital components into dissertations are strongly encouraged. For example, we encourage proposals from students who are experimenting with videographic criticism (see [in]Transition: A Media Commons Project).

Projects in digital humanities pedagogy might explore any number of platforms and tools for use in (and beyond) the undergraduate classroom. What use might students make of digital technologies for exploring and creating online archives and exhibits, timelines and visualizations, mapping, and multi-modal storytelling and research, including podcasts and rich video and image content?      

Joint applications for collaborative projects are encouraged. This may take the form of two doctoral students working together, each with a full fellowship, or one faculty member and one doctoral student working together, each with a full fellowship. 


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.

Terms of Award

Students will receive $7,500 in summer salary (including benefits) as well as a research budget of $2,000, which 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

Participation in the six to eight weekly late afternoon 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.

Application Materials

  • Proposal Narrative. Limit 1,750 words (approximately six double-spaced pages).
    Proposal narratives should focus on the digital aspect of the project and describe the project in language clear to non-specialists in their scholarly field. All narratives should address:
      • Intellectual ambitions and objectives of the project
      • Methodology/ies engaged
      • Timeline (progress to date, and anticipated date/quarter of instruction or implementation)
      • 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
    • Additionally, narratives for pedagogy-focused projects should address:

      • Pedagogical significance and contribution to the field through student learning; anticipated student outcomes
      • Preparation to effectively teach using digital tools
    • Bibliography. Limit 550 words. Select primary and secondary sources directly related to the project.
    • CV. Please limit to two pages.
    • Letter of Support. Limit one, from the UW advisor to the project.