Andrew W. Mellon Digital Humanities Ph.D. Fellowships at USC

Deadline: Thursday, April 10, 2014

The USC Digital Humanities Program is pleased to announce competitions for two-year, Ph.D. fellowships in digital humanities for 2014-2016. The competition is open to USC graduate students in Dornsife or the Critical Studies program of School of Cinematic Arts who will be ABD by August 25, 2014.

The USC Digital Humanities Program aims to provide training for scholars in emerging digital technologies, including digital publication of scholarly research, while still preserving the essential integrity of the humanities as an intellectual field of inquiry. The fellowship will include student enrollment in three courses in Media Arts + Practice (MA+P), which will lead to a MA+P certificate. Fellows will need to take each of the three courses, but the goal of the Program is for Ph.D. students to use these courses to advance research simultaneously so that the time to degree remains within university standards. Ph.D. fellows will be encouraged to use existing digital resources, such as the vast visual archive of SFI (USC Shoah Foundation Institute), and to pursue new ideas emerging at the frontiers of humanities research. Fellows will have dedicated space in the new, state-of-the-art Media Arts + Practice facility in the School of Cinematic Arts complex. Fellows will also have access to the Digital Publishing Institute, and will have the opportunity to participate in activities in various Cinematic Arts research labs, including the Fab Lab, the World Building Media Lab, and the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab, and they will gain in-depth knowledge of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture. All fellows will have the opportunity to explore digital publishing opportunities through Scalar. Fellows will be affiliated with one of the humanities centers or institutes at USC. These centers include such entities as the Shoah Foundation Institute, the Visual Studies Research Institute, the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, and the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. At the conclusion of the second year of the fellowship, each Ph.D. fellow will lead a small summer class, similar to a tutorial, capped at five students.

These fellowships provide a stipend of $30,000 as well as $2,500 annually in research funds for the digitization of new materials, to be hosted by the USC Libraries in the Digital Repository.

Applicants should submit a c.v. and a research statement, not exceeding three single-spaced pages. Applicants should request a letter of recommendation to be emailed separately from the dissertation advisor by the due date. All application materials should be received by April 1, 2014. Please send all materials electronically to the Digital Humanities Council at digitalhumanities@usc.edu.