CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The 2019-2020 Five College Undergraduate Digital Humanities Fellowship

The Five College program in Blended Learning and Digital Humanities is pleased to announce that our Undergraduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. Junior and senior undergraduate students (and exceptional sophomores) at any of the Five Colleges are invited to submit proposals for creative and/or scholarly projects that draw together the humanities and substantial work with digital resources and/or technologies. Up to five fellowships will be awarded. The Student Fellowship includes a $1000 educational stipend and support for research expenses (up to $500). Final projects will be presented at our spring symposium on April 23rd, 2020, and all materials are due no later than June 15th, 2020. Visit our Call For Applications webpage here.

What is (or are) the digital humanities? In the Five Colleges, digital humanitiesrefers less to a specific field and more to a collection of interests, practices, and questions about current and historical interactions between humanities research and digital resources and computing technologies. Because of this wide and interdisciplinary scope, the range of potentially successful fellowship applications is also broad. For instance, projects might focus on digital mapping, computational arts in installation or performance, database or web resource design, or the interpretive study of the humanities’ relationship with digital technologies. In all cases, proposed projects should result in a piece of independent and original work that can be shared with the community, whether that be scholarly research, a curated exhibit, a multimedia performance, or a piece of software.

Digital humanities projects rarely succeed through the work of a single researcher working in isolation, hence interested students are strongly encouraged to seek out and to propose collaborative opportunities across disciplines. Preference in fellowship awards will be given to proposals that include interdisciplinary collaborators, be they fellow students with similar interests or useful skills, research librarians, instructional technologists, or faculty members. While proposed projects should deal principally with questions related to the humanities, student applicants do not have to be humanities majors or concentrators at their institutions.

If you are curious about the Student Fellows program and want to learn more, please visit our Student Fellowships Webpage and the FAQs at the bottom of the page.

All applications are due by Friday, December 6, 2019 at 9:00pm (EST). A direct link to the application form is here. Please note that late applications or applications sent any way other than the link above will not be accepted.

The application form includes the following questions:

  1. Describe your project including details about a timeline and possible collaborators. (750 words maximum).
  2. What are your goals and plans for the output of your project?
  3. What other projects exist that are similar to yours or explore similar questions?
  4. Describe your scholarly and/or creative background and your preparation for this project. (500 words maximum).
  5. Create an outline of the project’s timeline.
  6. If supplies and/or training are expected, propose an itemized budget. Funding for supplies or other research expenses may not exceed $500.
  7. Provide the name and email address of a faculty member who can speak to the strengths, weaknesses, and overall outcome of your project.


Grants Info Session

Students interested in funding opportunities for independent projects, divisional work, or internship/volunteer positions are encouraged to attend a “Grants Info Session” on Thursday (March 7th) in Kern 202 (12-1:30pm). The event is hosted by managers of student funds from across campus; and will feature presentations of funding opportunities from several departments. Students will also learn how to write a strong proposal and create a budget.

This event is open to all students in all divisions. Lunch will be provided.

Need a Library Carrel?

The library is now accepting applications for library carrels for the Spring 2018 semester!

  • Carrels are reserved, private study desks located on the 2nd & 3rd floors of the library
  • More info about policy & assignment process can be found here
  • Library carrels are assigned to students through an application process
  • Applying for a carrel does not guarantee that you will be assigned a carrel
  • Demand for carrels generally exceeds the number of carrels available
  • Library staff will consider all eligible applicants who submit completed applications by the closing date
  • Library staff will notify all applicants no later than one week after the closing date & usually earlier!

In assigning carrels, the library will give priority:

  • To final semester Div III students willing to share carrels
  • To final semester Div III students, and
  • To first semester Div III students who are willing to share carrels

In all three of these groups, students who have not previously had carrel access will be given priority over those who have already had carrels assigned to them. Carrel space is limited, so we highly encourage you to find a carrel mate with whom you can share the space. If you list a specific carrel mate in your application, that individual must also submit an application and list you as carrel mate. Make sure you communicate with your intended carrel mate before submitting your application. If you are willing to share a carrel, but don’t have a carrel mate in mind, the library will facilitate a match.

Knowledge Commons Skill Share

We are putting on a Skill Share Nov. 30th, this Thursday, with four workshops on how to use excel, write scientific papers, make DIV3 invites, and give DIV3 elevator pitches, as well as a space to network and express ideas for future workshop and collaboration spaces.

The details are:

Nov. 30 in the KC

1:00-1:20 Snacks and Opening, Pizzas, Mixer (This continues as a separate space outside the workshops during the entire event)

1:30-2:20 XTRE(M)EXCEL Workshop

2:30-3:20 How to Write a Scientific Paper Workshop

3:30-4:50 Elevator Pitch Workshop

5:00-6:30 Div III Invitations Workshop


Div 3 Writing Jams!!!

Writing Jams, otherwise known as write-on-sites, are a spaces to come write with other Div3s! If you are feeling isolated in your writing or are feeling like you need a community to keep you accountable to getting your work done, these sessions offer a group space to do so. These meetings are useful for setting work goals and engaging in the practice of writing (or whatever kind of independent reading, writing, planning, organizing, reflecting, etc. that your project entails). The collective energy of writing will hopefully inspire a focused and productive working space. Post-writing, there will be debriefing and setting next working goals, as well as time for socializing.

Join the Div 3 Academic Community Network for a writing jam. Jams are currently held on Mondays from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the Airport Lounge (APL) and Thursdays 4-6 p.m. in the Roos Rhode House.

These events are student-organized and student-run!


Make the most of your Div III meetings

Your committee meetings should propel you  forward. To get the most out of them, there are things you can do before, during, and after the meeting to share your work, clarify your questions, and plan for next steps.

See if this handout helps you organize yourself to make the most of your meetings. Use what is helpful and adapt it.


Bullet Journals to Keep You on Track

Some people find the practice of keeping a bullet journal helpful. It organizes your to-do lists, sets dates for tasks, helps with prioritizing and seeing what you have finished and what you still need to do. Watch this video to see if it might be for you. Of course, there are other ways to use a journal if this one way is not helpful.


Archive your Div III

Congratulations! You just finished or are close to finishing up your Division III project! As you are ringing the bell and enjoying the glories of being Div Free you should also consider archiving your Div.  Archiving your project is a wonderful way to share your work with the community and for future students to get inspired.

You can find the Div III archives online or you can browse the Library’s physical collection.

For instructions on how to submit a physical or digital copy of your Division III project click here!