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 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.

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.

  • Screenshot from Learning In Colour Website. Text reads Anti-Racist Education.
  • A colorized visualization of the rolled reconstruction of 1QM, courtesy of Michael Brooks Johnson
  • Screenshot of Cameron Anderson's app
  • Photograph of ancient pottery fragments
  • Gif of a Dead Sea Scroll fragment being 32 printed.
  • Illustration of a dog wearing a sensory device
  • A network visualization displaying types of violence used against African Americans and the methods of resistance used in response. This visualization was created using a small subset of data from the Slave Narrative Collection.
  • Gif of Katherine Eaton's database.
  • Protestors hold laptops and signs that read 100 DAYS NO INTERNET
  • Screenshot of Katherine Eaton's map of the plague's spread.
  • Raspberry Interface for Xowa offline Wikipedia resting on the grass in a glass enclosure.
  • Screenshot of Mica Jorgenson's map of the flow of objects throughout the Porcupine Gold Rush.
  • Microscope image of Rondel phytoliths
  • Screenshot of title page of Samantha Stevens-Hall's Omeka exhibit of Uganda's Intellectual History: A Digital Archive
  • Scanning a molcajete and temolote for 3D printing

Residency Features

  • Cohort experience 
  • Self-directed 
  • 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 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 Winter term, where possible.  


Applicants must be current or accepted graduate students 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 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.  

Sections to include in the proposal: (i) a description of the residency 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. 

4. The names of two references. 


For more information about the residency or the application process, please contact the Sherman Centre at