Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship

Each year, the Sherman Centre invites applications for its 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, 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 provoke what it means to ‘do’ digital scholarship. The collegial atmosphere of the residency is sustained through bi-weekly meetings to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for collaboration at the Sherman Centre and beyond.

The 2022 Graduate Residency will begin accepting applications in July/August to accommodate our Academic Director’s research leave.

The format of the 2022 residency (in-person, remote, hybrid) is to be determined. Information forthcoming.


  • Self-directed research residency
  • Final deliverables determined by residency cohort
  • Project consulting, both with Sherman staff, as well as with other Library units


Residents are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Participation in bi-weekly residency meetings
  • Posts on the Sherman Centre blog (minimum one per term) on project updates and/or related digital scholarship issues
  • A presentation of research (format to be determined by residency cohort)
  • An artifact of research (format to be determined by each resident)


All current or accepted graduate students from all McMaster faculties may apply.


Applicants will be asked to provide the following information:

  1. A personal statement (~200 words) that explains: (i) how the residency compliments your graduate research and training at McMaster University; and, (ii) what you would like to get out of the experience.
  2. A project proposal (~500 words maximum) that describes the 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.
  3. Possible sections to include in the proposal: (i) a description of the project, including theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches informing the work; (ii) the form it 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; (iii) its intended audience; (iv) a project timeline for the residency; (v) a description of any technical requirements, skills, and expertise necessary to achieve the project goals; (vi) if applicable, a description of the data or corpus required and how access to it will be obtained.
  4. A current C.V.
  5. The names of two references.

For more information about the residency or the application process, please contact Dr. Andrea Zeffiro, Academic Director at