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Andrew W. Mellon Digital Humanities Fellowship

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Rochester a $1 million grant to support an innovative graduate program that will unite the study of humanities with the latest technology. The award is one of a series of grants the Mellon Foundation has made in recent years that equip faculty and students at colleges and universities with new tools and protocols of the digital humanities.

The grant will provide select Ph.D. students in the humanities with two years of support to study and learn to use the new technology. Developed by University of Rochester faculty, the new program will train humanities students to integrate digital technologies into innovative research programs.

The Mellon Fellowship consists of a scholarship to cover full tuition and an annual, twelve-month stipend of $24,000. This fellowship will be renewed for a second year provided that the student continues to make satisfactory progress toward their PhD degree.

During the first year, the student will serve as a teaching or research assistant on a large-scale humanities project directed by a faculty principal investigator, in which the student will mentor and supervise undergraduates; and/or will serve as a teaching assistant in a faculty member’s project-based humanities class. The intent is that the student has the opportunity to participate in one of those activities each semester.

During the second year as a Mellon Fellow, the student will serve as a teaching assistant in DMS (Digital Media Studies) 372 and/or 373, the senior capstone course for undergraduate students in the major; and/or will teach or co-teach one of the DMS core courses—“Introduction to Media,” “Introduction to Multi-media Programming,” or “Human–Computer Interaction.”

Mellon Graduate Program in the Digital Humanities