2024-25 IDRH Digital Humanities Fellows Competition

2024-25 IDRH Digital Humanities Fellows Competition

Deadline: September 8, 2024, 11:59pm.

The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities invites applications for the 2024-2025 cohort of Digital Humanities Fellows.  

The Digital Humanities Fellows are a cohort of faculty members, staff, and students from across the university committed to thinking and working together for an academic year. Joining with the IDRH Colloquium Series, the Fellows 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.   


Faculty (at any rank, on or off the tenure track), academic staff, and graduate student Fellows will be paid a $3000 stipend (minus fringe) and be provided with a $2000 research account that can be used to reimburse approved expenses related to their digital project. Undergraduate fellows will receive a $500 stipend and a $1000 research account.  

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 the digital and/or public humanities. Participation in these workshops will be limited to the Fellows and, on occasion, other invited guests. The workshops are hands-on or conversational in 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, upper level undergraduate students, and academic staff are eligible to apply.


DH Fellows are required to: 

  1. Attend and participate in a Fellows Welcome Session. September 20, 2024.  

  1. Attend and participate in the IDRH Colloquium Series (2 per semester) 

  1. Attend and participate in Fellows Workshops (2-3 per semester).  

  1. Attend and participate in the Jumpstart Workshops and other IDRH workshops (as scheduling allows).  

  1. Attend and participate in occasional informal, happy-hour-style events. Fellows will occasionally be asked to share work-in-progress at these events for feedback and discussion. 

  1. Pending space and schedule, Fellows will be given the opportunity to present their work-in-progress publicly at one of two Digital Humanities Lunches hosted by the Hall Center for the Humanities. These are short, lightning-talk-style introductions, not full research talks.  

  1. Present their work publicly at a final Digital Humanities Fellows Symposium to be held at the end of the academic year, in May 2025. 

  1. Submit a final survey about how the fellowship has advanced their own research. We are interested in how the Fellowship led to progress on a specific project, new collaborative relationships, and/or 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 8, 2024. 11:59 PM. Send the following materials as a single PDF file using the filename: “2024-dh-fellows-application-LASTNAME-FIRSTNAME.pdf” '

  1. 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. This narrative should indicate how the fellows program outlined above will advance ongoing or proposed digital project.  
    • Note: Applicants do not need to have an established digital project to apply. If you don’t have an established project, please identify a potential project or digital humanities idea you’ll pursue with the resources of the Fellowship. Projects may relate to any aspect of the humanistic life: research, teaching, public-facing work, data-management, etc. 
  2. 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. 

Undergraduate Applicants Only:

Undergraduate DH Fellows will be asked to have a faculty advisor to support their progress throughout the tenure of the fellowship. 

  1. Brief Statement of Support from a faculty member that includes:   

    a. An agreement to take on the role of an advisor to support the student’s development as a Digital Humanities Fellow and meet the listed requirements.

    b. A description of the applicant’s ability to successfully participate in the DH Fellows program. 

Faculty Advisors: submit statement of support via email to idrh@ku.edu by Sunday, September 8, 2024. 11:59 PM. Send the statement as a single PDF file using the filename: “2024-dh-fellows-application-STUDENTLASTNAME-STUDENTFIRSTNAME-SUPPORT-LETTER.pdf” '

Criteria and Selection Process 

The IDRH co-directors and, if possible, others appointed by them 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 humanities work.

  • The quality of the fit between the proposed project and the resources of the IDRH.  

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

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 between 5 and 10 fellows, contingent upon funding. 


Please consider attending the DH Fellows Information Session on August 29, 2024, 4pm. Zoom Registration. This will be recorded for later viewing if you can't make it.

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).