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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships - Faculty

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


UW tenure-track faculty at all ranks with the exception of assistant professors in their first year of active service. (As of 2016, faculty who have already received digital humanities fellowships may apply again to continue work in the digital humanities.)


Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships support scholars pursuing research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways and/or explore the historical, social, aesthetic, and cross-cultural implications of digital cultures. We have, in addition, expanded our call for proposals to include projects focused on digital humanities pedagogy. Joint applications for collaborative projects are encouraged. This may take the form of two faculty members working together, each with a full fellowship, or one faculty member and one doctoral student working together, each with a full fellowship. Faculty members are also encouraged to include short-term collaborators or consultants in adjacent fields, such as instructional design, information science, and digital preservation. 

We are interested in projects that address the goal of incorporating digital humanities skills and methods into graduate and undergraduate education. This work might be undertaken at the level of a dynamic reimagining of a single course, or instructional innovation within a program or department—or across them. At the doctoral level, this might take the form of a new graduate seminar with strong digital humanities components, the development of a workshop series for doctoral students to sharpen their DH skills, a rigorous exploration of digital dissertation formats, or something else.   

Our purpose is to help introduce and diffuse creative uses of digital technologies in our courses and curricula across the humanities and humanistic social sciences. How might digital platforms and other tools be deployed in your courses for exploring and creating online archives and exhibits, timelines and visualizations, mapping, and multi-modal storytelling and research, including podcasts? Omeka? Scalar? Tableau Public, Manifold? What use might students of textual editing make of the text-encoding initiative and new modes of publication? 


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

  • Each awardee will receive $7,500 in summer salary (plus benefits) as well as additional research funds. These funds may be used for travel to conferences related to the project, purchase of access to digital collections, participation in digital humanities workshops, such as the University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute, etc. 
  • Faculty are encouraged to request additional project support in two broad categories: collaborators and digital tools. There is a pool of $25,000 to be shared across all faculty projects for this support. Requests for collaborators (research, design, programming, etc.) may include salary, stipends, honoraria, and hourly support for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, off-campus consultants, etc., as well as funds to facilitate meetings between geographically distributed collaborators. We especially encourage fellows who are focusing on pedagogy to develop collaborations with faculty in the Information School and Human Centered Design & Engineering, and instructional designers in the UW Continuum College and the Center for Teaching and Learning. Request for digital tools may include hardware, software, licensing agreements, etc.). With regard to digital tools, it is required that major hardware remain in the Simpson Center. 

    A budget and a rationale for these expenses must be included in the proposal. See the right column of this page for a sample list of the kinds of expenses in the categories of collaborators and digital tools and a sample budget for a hypothetical literary editing project.

Summer Residency

Participation in the 6 to 8 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 6 double-spaced pages).
    Proposal narratives should 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 (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 that will form the basis of your syllabus or instructional framework.
    • CV. Please limit to three pages.
    • Letter of Support. Limit one, from a colleague knowledgeable about your field of research.
    • Budget and Budget Rationale for Collaborators and for Digital Tools. The proposed budget should be accompanied by a rationale for individual items and a note on their priority, detailing the highest to the lowest priority. 




    Project Budget Template

    Please download and use this project budget template, save the final version as a PDF, and include it in your bundled PDF submission for the fellowship. For questions about this process, please contact Simpson Center Assistant Director Rachel Arteaga at


    Examples of Projects and Resources

    See previous summer fellows and links to their projects.

    Example syllabi for courses in the digital humanities: 

    See examples of Center-funded digital humanities projects and a list of digital humanities campus resources.