Call for Participation: Digital Humanities Research Institute 2021–22

Call for Participation: Digital Humanities Research Institute 2021–22
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 12:00am to Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 12:00am
The Digital Humanities Research Institute (DHRI) is a virtual workshop hosted by GC Digital Initiatives at the CUNY Graduate Center which will take place online from July 6-15, 2021. The DHRI is supported by an Institutes in Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities grant and supplemental CARES Act funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Applications must be received by May 21, 2021. More information and application materials can be found on our website:

Program Description:
Originally planned as an in-person workshop, DHRI has redesigned its curricula and pedagogical approach for a hybrid combination of online in-person and self-directed digital skills workshops. DHRI’s 2021 format includes eight, intensive days of foundational digital skill workshops online and the opportunity to connect to a growing network of institute leaders during monthly meetings throughout the academic year. Those interested must apply with a partner or co-applicant who is either located at the same institution or at a nearby or partner institution. Applicants will be accepted in pairs and asked to serve as accountability partners as they learn together.

During the following academic year, each pair of applicants are expected to lead a local digital humanities institute at their home campus (or campuses). These can be in-person, remote, or hybrid. For more information about the institutes previous DHRI applicants have run, see our website at:

DHRI July 2021 Highlights:
This program is designed for those who want to learn foundational technical skills that will help them to grow in their own digital humanities projects and support their local communities of DH practice. During the July DHRI, you will learn to:
  • work from the command line
  • manage and share data with git and GitHub
  • recognize the practical, ethical, and cultural challenges working with data presents
  • create and modify websites with HTML and CSS
  • begin writing simple scripts with Python to automate tasks
  • analyze texts with Python and NLTK
  • and create maps with QGIS.
Program Structure:
Our digital skill workshop sessions will be 8-days long (Tuesday, July 6–Friday, July 9 and Monday, July 12–Thursday, July 15) and meet daily between 11am (ET) and 5pm (ET). The schedule includes a combination of in-person and self-guided activities during scheduled 60–90 minute blocks of time. Applicants should plan to be present for all sessions.

Applicants are required to apply with one other person (either from your own institution or one nearby) with whom you’ll learn skills and develop your own local version of DHRI based on our open, core curriculum. Successful applicants will receive:

  • $1,800 stipends each upon completion of the July 2021 online institute,
  • $500 stipends each after successfully leading a local institute,
  • 20 hours of support (per team) from DHRI staff and community members during the 2021–2022 academic year as you develop your local institute.

How to Apply:
To apply, both applicants should complete a single application: Applications require CVs (one for each applicant; maximum 2 pages), a personal statement from each applicant (maximum 500 words), one letter of support, and a proposal for collaboration (maximum 750 words). All portions of the application must be received by May 21, 2021 by 5pm (ET), with the exception of letters of support (see below).

Applications include a letter of support from a group, organization, or institution stating they will support your efforts to run a Digital Humanities Research Institute. (Support does not have to be financial. It should simply recognize that your activities are recognized and welcomed by the organization.) Only one letter is required per application (even if applicants are from 2 different institutions). Letters may be uploaded to the application until May 28.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Commitment to attending all 8 days of the July 2021 DHRI and the virtual follow-ups throughout the year.
  • Demonstrated interest in and responsibility for “digital humanities community building.” (This can be through a regional digital humanities group as a volunteer, as a post-doc in a university library, a visiting scholar at a liberal arts college, a faculty member creating a DH reading group, a curator or archivist at a historical society, library, or other humanities-oriented organization. Position title is not important. What is important is your ability to explain your responsibility or interest in building communities of DH practice.)
  • Interest in helping to build a network of institute leaders through sharing of curricular materials and engaging in online community-support.
  • Clarity of the personal and institutional opportunities and needs for your local DHRI.
  • An articulation of a DH project idea that you find interesting and would like to pursue or have already begun.
  • Willingness to work through challenges to learn technical skills independently.
  • Priority consideration will be given to those who previously applied for the DHRI in March 2020.

We are looking for participants who represent diverse DH areas of interest (disciplines, methods, project-types), who work at a wide range of institutional types (universities, community colleges, libraries, archives, museums, historical associations), and who reflect an array of professional roles from graduate students to experienced faculty to librarians, administrators, museum curators, archivists and more. We are particularly eager to receive applications from those who represent a range of lived experiences.

Ideal participants will be able to demonstrate strong communication and collaboration skills and a willingness to confront and overcome frustration. No previous technical experience is required. Applications will not be evaluated based on familiarity with existing technologies, though we are happy to hear about your aspirations and the skills you would like to develop for future work.

A NOTE ON ELIGIBILITY: We are unable to accept applications from individuals outside of the United States and U.S. territories at this time. In order to be accepted into this year's program, you must be able to receive compensation for services rendered in the U.S. To receive the designated stipend, we are required to provide the CUNY Research Foundation with (1) a U.S. social security number or an Individual Taxpayer ID (ITIN), and (2) a routing number and an account number to a U.S. bank. If you are unable to provide this information, we are not able to accept you into the program.
Applications must be received by May 21, 2021. More information and application materials can be found on our website:

The Digital Humanities Research Institute is funded through an NEH Institutes in Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities grant and hosted by GC Digital Initiatives at the CUNY Graduate Center.


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