Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship
About the Program
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 (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 meetings during the Winter 2023 term, which facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for collaboration at the Sherman Centre and beyond. The Summer 2023 term will feature self-directed research work.
Learn more about the program by reading this blog post, which corrals blog posts, digital projects, and video presentations by past Graduate Residents. Select projects are displayed in the gallery below.
- Cohort experience
- Opportunity to showcase research in a graduate colloquium
- Project consulting, both with Sherman staff, as well as with other Library units
- Collaborative working space at the Sherman Centre
- This is a two-phase residency; the first phase includes recurrent cohort meetings while the second centres on self-directed research work.
Residents are expected to participate fully in the cohort through the following activities:
- Participating in recurring meetings with the residency cohort during the Winter 2023 term.
- 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 September 2023.
- Developing a scholarly output (format to be determined by each resident)
- Attending Sherman Centre events throughout the Winter term, where possible.
Applicants must be current or accepted graduate student at McMaster University.
While each year’s application materials may shift, our most recent call asked applicant to provide the following information:
1. A personal statement (~250 words) that explains: (i) how the residency compliments 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) 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.
Possible 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 short 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.
4. The names of two references.
For more information about the residency or the application process, please contact the Sherman Centre at email@example.com