2018-2019 Graduate Residency – Call for Applicants

The Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship invites applications for the 2018-2019 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship. The residency program is designed to assist outstanding graduate students who are interested in developing digital scholarship as a component of their research and to involve them in a scholarly community engaged in digital scholarship at McMaster University and beyond.

Current or accepted graduate students from all faculties at McMaster University may apply.


The Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship is located on the first floor of Mills Library and offers a range of staff to support research projects, as well as a flexible technical infrastructure that residents and other researchers may utilize. The Centre includes a presentation space, three public high-powered workstations that provide access to a wide range of digital scholarship tools, and an attractive and comfortable work environment for researchers.

The residency runs from October 2018 until August 31, 2019 and offers these benefits:

  • Dedicated cubicle space in the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship
  • Technical and project consulting, both with Sherman staff, as well as with other Library units
  • Bursaries for digital humanities related conferences and training institutes
  • Professionalization and training workshops
  • Networking with graduate students and faculty


  • A minimum of 20 hours a month in residence
  • Participation in the Centre’s activities and events
  • A research presentation at the graduate colloquium
  • Attend Sherman Centre graduate meetings and workshops
  • Posts on the Sherman Centre blog (minimum one per term) on project updates and/or related digital scholarship issues
  • With support from staff, creation of a visualization of an aspect of their work to display on the Sherman Centre multimedia entryway
  • A report at the conclusion of the residency that details project outcomes and outlines next steps


Current or accepted graduate student at McMaster University


A complete application includes the following:

  1. A personal statement (~500 words) that (i) explains how residency supports and compliments your graduate research and training at McMaster University; and, (ii) addresses the role you see digital scholarship playing in your professional formation.
  2. A project proposal (1500 words maximum) that provides a succinct description of the project you wish to undertake during the residency. The project could be part of or complementary to your thesis or dissertation work. Possible sections to include in the proposal: (i) a description of the project, including the form it will take, its intended audience, a preliminary project timeline, and inspirational projects and works; (ii) a description of the technical requirements, skills, and expertise necessary to achieve the project goals; (iii) if applicable, a description of the data or corpus required and how access to it will be obtained; and, (iv) possible dissemination outcomes, which may include, for instance: a public installation, a scholarly publication, a conference paper, a poster, a public data set.
  3. A current C.V.
  4. A list of two references.


Please submit each document as separate PDFs attached in a single e-mail and include your last name in all in your filenames.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Catherine Grise, Acting Academic Director (grisec@mcmaster.ca) by 5pm on Friday, October 5, 2018. Please include ‘SCDS Graduate Residency’ in the subject line.

Mica Jorgenson is the Postdoctoral Fellow at the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship. She studies the environmental history, especially commodities and the primary resource industry. You can find her on twitter: @mica_amy

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