About Our Program

The best way to understand our program is to look through the Projects of our scholars. Their work is a testament to their own curiosity, creativity, resourcefulness, and effort. In addition, here are some frequently asked questions:

Q: What is the Digital Humanities Summer Scholarship?

The Digital Humanities Summer Scholarship (DHSS) is a competitive, six-week internship where students engage with Digital Humanities: learning digital tools, methodologies, and community practices in order to build a research project of their own design. They work independently and as a collective to understand and participate in rigorous original research. We are in our third year of the program.

Q: Who runs this program? Where is it housed?

This program, originally funded by a Mellon grant, is housed in Lafayette College’s Skillman Library and run by members of its Research and Instruction Department, with support from Digital Scholarship Services and many other members of our community. As the place where disciplines, methodologies, and research expertise intersect, the Library is the natural home for the program.

Q: How are scholars selected?

Scholars are chosen from a competitive application process that includes a hypothetical research plan, essay, and interview. We look at theĀ strength of their research question, their potential to design and execute a project effectively, and evidenced enthusiasm for their inquiry.

Applications for DHSS 2018 will open in February. Please check back then.

Q: How long is the program?

In its current iteration, the program is 6 weeks, but there are preceding orientations and following events and presentations.

Q: What are the assignments?

In addition to class readings, there are three groups of assignments: research elements, leading up to a culminating research paper; project elements, scaffolding toward the final project; and reflection elements, opportunities to review and assess one’s experience. Students also plan a way to bring back their knowledge to the campus community the following year as teaching or research assistants or as workshop leaders on campus. For more information on syllabus design and structure, please contact Sarah Morris.

Q: Where can I find more information/resources? How can I connect?

Feel free to contact Sarah Morris, Research and Instruction Librarian, for more information at morrisse@lafayette.edu.