2024 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship 

2024 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship 

The Sherman Centre invites applications for its 2024 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 collegial atmosphere of the residency is sustained through recurrent in-person meetings during the Winter 2024 term, which facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for collaboration at the Sherman Centre and beyond.  The summer 2024 term will feature self-directed research work. 

Applications are due Monday, November 6, 2023. Successful candidates will be notified by early December.  


  • 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 
  • January 1, 2024 – August 31, 2024 


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

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


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 brief project proposal (500 words maximum) describing the project you wish to undertake during the residency. We encourage applicants to consider proposing a smaller component for 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 that 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 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 short project timeline for the residency period. 

4. 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