Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship

In the summer of 2016, a cohort of 3 Gettysburg College students took part in the first Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship, a program designed to encourage creative undergraduate research. Unlike other research fellowship opportunities, the Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship is programmatic, based on a curriculum designed to provide students a broad introduction to the field and set of practices that is the Digital Humanities. Digital tools, project management, documentation, and the philosophy behind digital scholarship are equally emphasized. While a student-created, public-facing project is an expected outcome of the fellowship, the process of getting to that point is the primary pedagogical emphasis.

The Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship was generously funded through a Presidential Leadership Grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant was awarded to Gettysburg College in 2017 and funded the program through the summer of 2021.

In 2022, the program, known as the Fortenbaugh Digital Humanities Fellowship, was funded through the generosity of Robert ’44 and Esther Kenyon Fortenbaugh ’46, and projects focused on materials in Special Collections and College Archives and Gettysburg College history. In the summer of 2023, the program was on hiatus, and will relaunch in the summer of 2024 as the Digital Humanities Fellowship, funded by the Eric E. Kolbe ‘65 Student-Faculty Research Fund.


Each cohort has a website that contains the curriculum for the summer, and the fellows post reflective essays about their experiences.