2021-2022 IDRH Digital Humanities Fellows Competition

**Applications now closed**

Deadline: September 12, 2021; 11:59pm.  

The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities invites applications for the 2021-2022 cohort of Digital Humanities Fellows.  

The Digital Humanities Fellows are a cohort of faculty members, staff, and graduate students from across the university committed to thinking and working together for an academic year. The cohort is designed to form the foundation of an ongoing, institution-wide conversation about issues in the public and digital humanities. Fellows will workshop projects, attend events, and be granted unique access to networking opportunities and training in DH methods and tools.   

For the second consecutive year, the Digital Humanities Fellows program will focus on digital storytelling. We understand digital storytelling in its broadest possible sense, and invite applications from those whose scholarship, creative projects, portfolios, or aspirations intersect with any facet of digital storytelling. The Fellows program will pay particular attention to the ethics, politics, and techniques of digital storytelling.  


Fellows will be paid a $1000 stipend that may be taken as (a) summer salary (minus fringe) or (b) compensation for research expenses. In addition, Fellows will also receive access to four exclusive Fellows Workshops. These workshops are led by nationally renowned DH scholars on topics relevant to digital storytelling. Participation in these workshops will be limited to the Fellows. The Workshops are hands-on or conversation format and designed to introduce Fellows to exemplary projects, practitioners, and tools. In addition, they are designed to foster networking and collaborative relationships with like-minded scholars from across the country. Fellows will also enjoy scheduled one-on-one consultations with IDRH staff.  


University of Kansas faculty, graduate students, and academic staff are eligible to apply.  


DH Fellows are required to: 

  1. Attend and participate in DH Colloquium sessions (2 per semester) 
  2. Attend and participate in Fellows Workshops (2-3 per semester) 
  3. Attend and participate in several informal, happy-hour-style events. Fellows will alternate sharing work-in-progress at these events.  
  4. Present their own digital storytelling projects or thoughts on digital storytelling to the DH Fellows cohort for feedback and discussion. 
  5. Present their work publicly at a final Digital Humanities Fellows Symposium to be held at the end of the academic year, in May 2022. 
  6. Submit a final report about how the fellowship has advanced their own research. Report should cover topics such as progress on a specific project, new collaborative relationships, and future grant opportunities. 

Application Process

For an application to be verified as complete, and thus considered by the review committee, applicants must: 

Submit applications via email to idrh@ku.edu by Sunday, September 12, 2021. 11:59 PM. Send the following materials as a single PDF file using the filename: “2021-dh-fellows-appplication-LASTNAME-FIRSTNAME.pdf” 

  1. Curriculum Vitae (not to exceed 2 pages) that includes: 
    1. Record of applicant's education, including the dates when degrees were awarded; 
    2. Record of applicant's employment; 
    3. List of applicant's publications, creative work, digital scholarship, or public scholarship in the last five years,; and 
    4. List of applicant's awards and grants received during the last five years. 
  2. Statement of Interest not to exceed two double-spaced pages, with one-inch margins and twelve-point type. Endnotes are included in the page limitations. The narrative should indicate how the colloquium/fellows theme of digital storytelling outlined above relates to and will advance ongoing or proposed digital projects or research interests.  

Criteria and Selection Process

A committee appointed by and including the IDRH co-directors will select DH fellows according to the following criteria: 

Quality of the conception, organization and description of the statement of interest; and the participants potential for engaging in collaborative digital storytelling work. 

Likelihood that the applicant's participation will advance their professional development or lead to a significant contribution to a digital project or research related to digital storytelling.  

The committee will also aim to create a cohort of fellows that is diverse in race, gender, academic rank, and academic disciplines. The committee will select up to 10 fellows. 


Applicants should direct all questions about the DH Fellows program to IDRH co-directors Brian Rosenblum (brianrosenblum@ku.edu) or Dave Tell (davetell@ku.edu).