Ames Library Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship
The Ames Library is delighted to be able to offer its second annual Summer Digital
Humanities (DH) Fellowship Program for students, to take place June 19th, 2023-July
21st, 2023. Last year's fellows worked on projects ranging from community health in
Bloomington-Normal, to international educational attainment, to exploring the connections
between Zora Neale Hurston's playwriting and anthropological work: please explore their work here. The impact of their work reached beyond the program itself: after the program, they
shared their work with the campus community, the Board of Trustees, and various community
partners. The majority of last year's fellows successfully highlighted the impact
of their DH experiences in applying for further internships and educational opportunities.
This experience will offer fellows a chance to explore the growing field of DH and
conceptualize and carry out a project that employs its techniques. Students will have
an opportunity to explore various DH projects and philosophies, meet with scholars
across the country currently carrying out DH projects, and learn common DH tools and
We have spots available both for those who wish to work on a team with faculty (this
year, we have projects involving oral histories, using art history to track the spread
of new world food stuffs, and environmental studies) and those who have a DH project
in mind that they wish to develop. Either way, participants will be doing their own
critical thinking, developing a specific research question, and carrying out the analysis
they decide is necessary, and creating a digital story highlighting their research
using the DH tools they have mastered. Students will present their findings in a symposium
on July 21st, as well as committing to an additional student research symposium during
This program is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
The Summer DH Fellowship is designed for all majors and all levels of experience!
DH work is collaborative and takes advantage of the different skill sets of researchers:
as a group, we will be reflecting on the skills you bring to your project and learn
as you go, as well as the best ways to share and demonstrate those skills for future
opportunities. Participants will develop critical thinking and analysis skills, specific
technical skills, and communication and teamwork skills.
Commitment and Compensation
- June 19th-July 21st, 2023
- In-person experience
- The expected work load is about 35 hours/week: after a first week intensive that immerses
students in DH philosophy and projects, time will be spent on research and planning
meetings, learning new skills, group reviews and reflections, and carrying out all
the steps of the project itself.
- Subsidized on-campus housing available for June and July [Please note there is no
dining hall service in the summer]
- Stipend of $2000
- February 27th, 2023: Open for applications. Click here to apply.
- March 20th, 2023: Application due by 11:59 PM
- March 30th, 2023: Applicants notified of status
Please contact Digital Scholarship Librarian Abby Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.