Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship

The Sherman Centre invites applications for its 2019-2020 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship. The residency program is designed to support students who are working on a research project related to digital scholarship, broadly defined. Residents get their own working space in the Sherman Centre with opportunities for collaboration, professional development, and training.

Applications for 2019/2020 are due Friday, September 19, 2019.

The residency is open to all current or accepted graduate students from all faculties at McMaster University.


The Residency runs from October 1 to April 30 each year. Each resident is offered the following:

  • Dedicated cubicle space in the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship
  • Technical and project consulting, both with Sherman staff, as well as with other Library units
  • Bursaries for digital humanities related conferences and training institutes
  • Professionalization training opportunities
  • Networking with graduate students and faculty


Residents are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Spend a minimum of 20 hours a month in residence in the Sherman Centre
  • Participate in the Centre‚Äôs activities and events
  • Deliver a research presentation at the annual graduate resident colloquium 
  • Attend Sherman Centre graduate meetings and workshops
  • Submit posts on the Sherman Centre blog (minimum one per term) on project updates and/or related digital scholarship issues
  • With support from staff, create a visualization of an aspect of their work to display on the Sherman Centre multimedia entryway
  • Submit a report at the conclusion of the residency that details project outcomes and outlines next steps


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


Applicants will be asked to provide the following information:

  • A personal statement (~350 words) that (i) explains how residency supports and compliments your graduate research and training at McMaster University; and, (ii) addresses the role you see digital scholarship playing in your professional formation.
  • A project proposal (~750 words) that provides a succinct description of the project you wish to undertake during the residency. The project could be part of or complementary to your thesis or dissertation work. Possible sections to include in the proposal: (i) a description of the project, including the form it will take, its intended audience, a preliminary project timeline, and inspirational projects and works; (ii) a description of the technical requirements, skills, and expertise necessary to achieve the project goals; (iii) if applicable, a description of the data or corpus required and how access to it will be obtained; and, (iv) possible dissemination outcomes, which may include, for instance: a public installation, a scholarly publication, a conference paper, a poster, a public data set. 
  • A current C.V.
  • A list of two references.

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