Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship

Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship 2017

Overview | Commitment | Statement | Reference
Interview | Selection | Eligibility | Pay | Apply

The 2017 cohort of Digital Scholarship Summer Fellows has been selected. Thank you for your interest, and see you in 2018!


Musselman Library’s Digital Scholarship Committee invites rising sophomores and rising juniors from any major or discipline to apply for our summer program for undergraduate fellows working on digital scholarship projects. Fellows learn digital scholarship skills and apply them to a public-facing, academic, digital project. Applicants may propose their own projects or be matched with a ready-made project involving library collections. Fellows share their learning experience during and after the summer and become mentors for the next group. We have openings for 3 fellows; the fellowship runs for 10 weeks (May 22-July 28, 2017).

What is Digital Scholarship?

Digital scholarship (also referred to, slightly more narrowly, as digital humanities) is not easy to define because there is no one way to approach it; however, for the purposes of this fellowship, your digital scholarship activity requires you to use digital tools to interpret, analyze, and present your original research. This goes beyond writing a paper and putting it on a website. You are creating something that would not be effective as a static, unchanging document. Some examples include:

  • Create maps and timelines of a historical event to make them interactive
  • Analyze texts to discover common themes and concepts
  • Annotate and contextualize artwork or photographs to tell the story behind them

We recommend that you visit the 2016 Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship website to learn more about the fellowship. If you need examples of existing digital scholarship projects, you can visit these websites to get ideas:

Digital scholarship tools are any tools that can help you analyze, interpret, and present your research. Many of these tools do not require prior knowledge of how to use them and can be learned over the course of this fellowship. Here are several tools that undergraduates have used successfully for digital projects:

An important aspect of this fellowship is the development of a community of practice; fellows will be expected to work as a cohort to support each other's work, solve problems, and discuss issues related to digital scholarship. The incoming fellows will work with the Digital Scholarship Senior Fellows, the cohort from the previous year. Senior fellows will provide mentorship and training to the incoming cohort of fellows, as well as pursue their own research projects and support the digital scholarship activities of students and faculty working in the summer. Fellows are expected to engage in topics related to diversity and inclusion in the practice of digital scholarship, and commit to maintaining a culture of diversity and inclusion during the fellowship.

Commitment and Areas of Engagement

Fellows will:

  • Conduct independent research to create an academic, public-facing digital scholarship project (70%)
    • Participate in a structured, programmed, 10-week curriculum designed to provide them with skills and information relevant to digital scholarship; this may include assigned readings, training sessions, and workshops
    • Work independently, with the support of the incoming cohort of 3 Digital Scholarship Summer Fellows, the cohort of Digital Scholarship Senior Fellows, and the the Digital Scholarship Committee, to plan, design, and develop a digital scholarship project
    • Present their projects in a public session at the conclusion of the Digital Scholarship Fellowship
    • Agree to provide Gettysburg College a non-exclusive license to adapt, publish, reproduce, or distribute each project; creators maintain copyright of their projects
    • Partner with Musselman Library to ensure the continuation and preservation of their projects after the fellowship ends
  • Support digital scholarship activities at Gettysburg College to foster an environment of creative teaching and learning (20%)
    • Create documentation of any processes, procedures, tools, and code used in the creation of their digital projects
    • Assist students, faculty, and staff with the design and implementation of projects and assignments that involve digital tools
  • Reflect upon the fellowship experience to engage the wider digital scholarship community of practice (10%)
    • Write two weekly blog posts: 1 reflective essay (500 words) that engages a question or issue in digital scholarship, and 1 micro-blog post  (150 words or less) on project-related or digital scholarship topics of their choosing
    • Attend a weekly lunch meeting with the Digital Scholarship Committee and Digital Scholarship Senior Fellows during the duration of the fellowship

Statement of Interest

Please address the following questions in a single statement of 1,000 words or less. This should be attached to your GettysburgWorks application as your Writing Sample.

  1. Why are you interested in this Digital Scholarship Fellowship, and what do you hope to learn and accomplish during the fellowship? Include any ideas for potential projects that you may want pursue; these could be inspired by your coursework or items from the library’s Special Collections. We encourage you to contact Special Collections if you wish to discuss any materials.
  2. What is your experience with technology/digital tools? Briefly tell us about technology you have previously used (or are interested in learning) that may be used to create a digital scholarship project.

We encourage you to contact a member of the the Digital Scholarship Committee prior to submitting your application to discuss potential research questions and digital tools. You may also contact a member of the 2016 Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship cohort to learn about their experience.

Faculty Reference

Please provide the name and email address of a faculty member who may serve as a reference. We advise you to choose a faculty member who can potentially support any research consultations that may come up during the Digital Scholarship Fellowship. We also recommend to share with them this application prior to submission so they are aware of your interest. Faculty can contact the Digital Scholarship Committee at, or call R.C. Miessler, Systems Librarian (x7020), with any questions about the Digital Scholarship Fellowship.

Interviews with Potential Fellows

Potential Digital Scholarship Fellows will be selected from the first round of the application process to participate in a 30-minute interview with the Digital Scholarship Committee and the Digital Scholarship Senior Fellows. Interviews will be scheduled between February 27 and March 3, 2017.

Selection of Fellows

Selected Digital Scholarship Fellows will be informed by March 10, 2017. Follow-up meetings will be scheduled for April 2017, when Digital Scholarship Fellows will meet with the Digital Scholarship Committee and the Digital Scholarship Senior Fellows to discuss potential projects and materials. The fellowship will begin on May 22, 2017.


Applicants must be a rising sophomore or junior at the end of the Spring 2017 semester, with at least 2 semesters of coursework left to complete.


$3,500 stipend, paid in biweekly installments, plus on-campus housing for the duration of the fellowship.

To Apply

The application, statement of interest, and faculty reference should be submitted through Gettysburg Works (Job ID 14078) by February 19, 2017.

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