Summer DH

Support for humanities Ph.D. students pursuing digital projects

The Program

Summer DH — the Summer Graduate Fellowship in Digital Humanities — supports a small interdisciplinary cohort of Cornell graduate students who together investigate approaches to digital scholarship through collaborative workshops, readings, discussion, and co-working on independent projects. The fellowship is a project of the Digital CoLab at Olin Library, sponsored by Cornell University Library and the Society for Humanities.

Time and Location

The 2023 fellowship program will take place over six weeks, June 5 – July 14, 2023, in person at Olin Library. Meetings will be held on about three weekdays per week, 10am – noon, excluding holidays.


Current Cornell Ph.D. students working in the humanities are invited to apply. The cohort size is expected to be about eight students. Fellows are selected for their potential to benefit from the program, and their willingness and commitment to create a collaborative learning environment. There are no technical prerequisites.


  • Status as a Cornell Ph.D. student in a humanities or closely related discipline.
  • Desire to explore digital approaches to research and teaching through workshops, readings, and discussions.
  • Commitment to contribute to a supportive, interdisciplinary summer learning community.
  • Commitment to building an independent digital project related to your scholarly goals in research, pedagogy, or public engagement. Methods that Summer DH can support include: computational text analysis; dataset design, visualization, and analysis; network analysis; creation of digital collections and exhibits.
  • Residence in the Ithaca area during the six weeks of the fellowship period.

What the Program Provides

  • Small-group tutorials on digital scholarship tools, skills, and approaches, tailored to participants’ interests and prior experiences.
  • Orienting readings and discussions.
  • An introduction to practical aspects of developing, implementing, and managing complex digital humanities projects, ranging from technical considerations to broader scholarly impact.
  • Ongoing guidance and technical support for participants developing their own digital projects.
  • A stipend of $2000.

*Note that Summer DH will not cover digitization itself – e.g. photographing objects. If you would like to seek support for digitizing a collection, please contact the Cornell University Library Grants Program for Digital Collections.

How to apply

Step 1: Express interest

March 1 was the deadline to express interest in the program and schedule an individual meeting with CoLab staff to discuss your project idea for summer 2023. However, if you have any questions about applying for the program, you are welcome to contact or visit Olin Library Room 701 on Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, or Fridays, 1-3pm. All eligible PhD candidates are still welcome to apply for the program, regardless of whether we’ve met beforehand.

Step 2: Submit the full application

We are no longer accepting applications for this year’s fellowship. Applicants will be notified of results soon.