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Undergraduate Digital Research Fellowship

The Undergraduate Digital Research Fellowship is a two-quarter program for undergraduate students looking to build independent digital research projects. Students are introduced to Digital Humanities methods and learn digital skills that allow them to build unique digital projects.


Learn Digital Humanities Methods

This new fellowship is an opportunity for undergraduate students to engage with the Digital Humanities: learning digital tools, methodologies, and community practices in order to build a research project of their own design. During the Winter 2020 Quarter, students meet every other week for hands-on workshops and meetings with DH practitioners. The following quarter is dedicated to building individual projects. Participants receive individual mentorship and training to build a project that reflects their own research interests.


DSC Cohort

Up to 6 undergraduate students will be accepted to participate in this two-quarter workshop series and mentorship program that supports the development of creative and digital research projects. Where appropriate, we encourage these projects to be public-facing.  Students learn as part of a cohort and receive feedback from their peers. Each student or project team will receive an award to support the development or public presentation of their work.  At the end of the Spring quarter, students will present their projects at the Digital Research Symposium.

Each fellow will be paired with a Digital Scholarship Librarian who will help think through the integration of technology and research based on the skillsets involved.  Students are required to apply with a faculty mentor who can help advise on the field specialty.  We encourage students to work with their mentor on setting up an independent study for the project and are happy to discuss how we can support that with the student and faculty mentor.


The DSC Cohort provides:

  • Rigorous methodological training which combines critical theory, critical making and creativity
  • Digital skill-building around text analysis, visualization, 3D Animation, Mapping etc. in order to enable fellows to build a research project of their unique design
  • Ongoing mentorship to support project development
  • A $500 award to support the development or public presentation of their work

Call for Applications

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: DUE Dec 6, 2019

Up to 6 fellows will be selected to participate in a two-quarter training and mentorship program meant to launch digitally-focused independent research projects. The fellowship includes:

  • Rigorous methodological training which combines critical theory, critical making, and creativity
  • Digital skill-building around text analysis, visualization, 3D Animation, Mapping etc. in order to enable fellows to build a research project of their unique design
  • Ongoing mentorship to support project development
  • A $500 award to support the development or public presentation of their work
  • Presentation experience at the Digital Research Symposium

We invite proposals of research projects at any stage of development as long as a clear research agenda is described and supported by a faculty mentor. Students from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.  


Application should include:

  • Project title and an abstract of no more than 250 words
  • Proposal narrative of no more than 2 pages
  • CV or Resume for each participant (Apply alone or with a group)
  • Name of a departmental recommender/mentor


Who should apply:

  • Digital content producers including writers, designers, and filmmakers
  • Undergrads interested in developing independent research projects that apply digital tools and methodologies e.g. textual analysis and text mining, GIS and map making, data visualization, and digital storytelling.
  • Undergrads interested in transforming traditional research papers into media-rich or digital projects
  • Thinkers and activists working at the intersection of creativity, criticality, and research


Fellowship Requirements:

  • Applicants should be prepared to commit to at least four 2–hour workshops during the Winter Quarter and to regular meetings with mentors throughout the Winter and Spring Quarter
  • Applicant should have a general familiarity with web technologies
  • Basic programming or web development knowledge is preferable
  • Applicants should be prepared to present at the Digital Research Symposium in May (5/20) 

 

Application Proposals are due FRIDAY December 6, 2019!

Questions? Contact us at digitalcommons@ucsc.edu.

 

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