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David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons

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 2018 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.


Cohort + Research Award

Up to 6 undergraduate students (or project teams) will be accepted to participate in this two-quarter workshop series and mentorship program that supports the development of creative and public facing digital research projects. 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.


Questions? Email Rachel Deblinger​ at

Call for Applications


Undergraduate Digital Research FellowshipUp 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
  • Opportunity for Independent Study [See draft Syllabus here]
  • A $500 award to support the development or public presentation of their work

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 the underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.  

Application Proposals are due FRIDAY November 9, 2016!
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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
  • Humanities students should consider applying for the HUGRA program.


  • Applicants should be prepared to commit to at least 4 2 – 3 hour workshops during the Winter Quarter and to regular meetings with mentors throughout the Spring Quarter
  • Applicant should have general familiarity with web technologies
  • Basic programming or web development knowledge is preferable 


Key Milestones

October 2017 | Open call for applications

November 9, 2017 | Applications due

Early December 2017 | Cohort announced

December 2017 | Informal cohort gathering

January-March 2018 | Workshops for undergraduate fellows

March 2018 | Undergraduate fellows present a formal project proposal

April-June 2018 | Undergraduate fellows will develop project

June 2018 | Fellows present their final projects at Undergraduate Digital Research Symposium