Call for Applications: 2019-2020 Graduate Residency

We invite applications for the 2019-2020 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship.

The residency program is designed to assist outstanding graduate students to work on a research project in digital scholarship, broadly defined, which challenges and expands their respective fields. Residents get their own working space in the Sherman Centre with opportunities for collaboration, professional development, travel and training.

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


  • 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
  • October 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020


  • 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 a single PDFs via e-mail and include your last name in the file name. Applications should be sent to Dr. Andrea Zeffiro, Academic Director ( by 5pm on Friday, September 13, 2019. Please include ‘SCDS Graduate Residency’ in the subject line.