2024-2025 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship 

2024-2025 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship 

The Sherman Centre invites applications for its 2024-2025 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship.  

The residency program is designed to support graduate students to work on a facet of a research project in digital scholarship (related or not to their primary graduate research work), broadly defined, which expands and challenges their respective fields. Residents are encouraged to consider digital scholarship through critical, technical, artistic and experimental purviews, and through methodological approaches and theoretical frameworks that advance digital scholarship or provoke what it means to ‘do’ it. The residency’s collegial atmosphere is sustained through recurrent meetings during the Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 terms, facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration opportunities at the Sherman Centre and beyond. In addition to cohort meetings, the residency features self-directed research work. The format of the residency will be in-person.

Applications are due August 30, 2024. Successful candidates will be notified by mid-September.  


  • In-person cohort experience 
  • Self-directed 
  • Opportunity to showcase works-in-progress at a graduate colloquium 
  • Project consulting, both with Sherman staff, as well as with other Library units  
  • Collaborative working space at the Sherman Centre 
  • October 1, 2024 – May 31, 2025


Residents are expected to participate fully in the cohort through the following activities:  

  • Participating in recurring meetings with the residency cohort during the Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 terms.  
  • Publishing project introduction and update posts on the Sherman Centre blog at the beginning and end of the residency period, respectively.
  • Presenting their research project at a colloquium or roundtable event in May 2025.  
  • Developing a scholarly output (format to be determined by each resident)  
  • Attending Sherman Centre events throughout the Fall and Winter term, where possible.  
  • Attending 4 or more workshops in the Sherman Centre workshop series. 


Biweekly Cohort Meetings (1-1.5 h) 

4 Workshops (Approximately 1-1.5 h each)

Independent Research Time (Varies)


Current or accepted graduate students at McMaster University 


Applicants are asked to provide the following information: 

1. A personal statement (~250 words) that explains: (i) how the residency complements your graduate research and training at McMaster University; and, (ii) what you hope to get out of the residency experience. 

2. A project proposal (500 words maximum) that describes the residency project you wish to undertake during the residency. We encourage applicants to consider proposing a smaller component to a larger project. For instance, the residency project could be part of or complementary to your thesis or dissertation research.  

Sections to include in the proposal: (i) a description of the project, including key theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches informing the work; (ii) the form the output will take, which could include, for instance: a public installation (broadly defined), a visualization (broadly defined), a scholarly publication, a conference paper, a poster, an annotated bibliography, an interview, an artistic, creative or experimental intervention, a public data set, a digital collection (broadly defined), a database, a tool-kit, a workshop module, a syllabus, a class assignment, etc.; (iii) its intended audience; (iv) a project timeline for the residency period; (v) a description of the technical resources and competencies that need to be developed to achieve the project goals; (vi) if applicable, a description of the materials, data or corpora required and how access to it will be obtained. 

3. A current C.V. 

5. The names of two references who can comment on your capacity and ability to actively contribute to the residency program. 


For more information about the residency or the application process, please contact the Sherman Centre at scds@mcmaster.ca