Mellon-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in US Latino Digital Humanities

Mellon-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in US Latino Digital Humanities
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 1:00am

The application period is now open for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in US Latino Digital Humanities (USLDH), a division of Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage program (Recovery) at the University of Houston. The program is looking for a recent (less than 5 years) Ph.D. graduate with background expertise in US Latino Studies. The postdoctoral fellow will help re-vision new strategies for data hosted at Recovery in support of teaching, research and community engagement and help to develop initiatives that will enhance collections and scholarship in the field. USLDH will provide the selected candidate with the necessary training in digital tools, metadata and digitization standards, project and content management systems and platforms. The fellow will be expected to create and publish a significant DH project using Recovery’s archives, assist with instruction, support projects and scholars, serve as a mentor for Research Fellows, lead workshops and collaborate in the creation and implementation of toolkits and other pedagogical tools. The postdoctoral fellow will give one university-wide presentation per year at the University of Houston and will have opportunities to teach courses or be invited as a lecturer at partner departments.

The fellowship stipend will be $50,000 per year, plus benefits. Research and professional development funds (for workshops and conferences) of $3,000 per year are budgeted to support the fellow.


The University of Houston’s Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage is a program that researches, recovers and makes available the written legacy of Latinas and Latinos in the US from colonial times to 1980. Its digital repository includes hundreds of thousands of diverse texts, most of which are written in the Spanish language.


     Ph.D. in a humanities or library science field completed before beginning the fellowship.

     Background or familiarity with Latino Studies.

     Some familiarity with descriptive metadata standards and Digital Humanities.

     Knowledge of Spanish.

     Basic computational skills (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

How to apply

Please submit: 1) letter of interest that describes what relevance, skills and experience you bring to this fellowship; 2) a 2-3 page essay (Research Statement) that describes how digital humanities can advance the field of US Latino Studies in terms of research methodologies, visibility and dissemination of scholarship, pedagogy, etc.; 3) 1-2 page dissertation abstract (Writing Sample); 4) CV and 5) two letters of recommendation by December 20, 2019.

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