Gerda Henkel Fellowship in Digital History
With the generous support of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the German Historical Institute (GHI) and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at the George Mason University (RRCHNM) invite applications from postdoctoral scholars and advanced doctoral students based in Europe for a 12-month fellowship in digital history.
Over the last few years there has been a stunning growth of new and exciting digital tools and methods that have the potential to augment and revolutionize traditional historical research. Historians have turned to data mining, GIS, and social network analysis—to name just a few new digital tools—to analyze source material in innovative ways and to provide unique insights for their research. Scholars increasingly need to develop their own familiarity and facility with these new digital tools and approaches in order to take advantage of their potential for their research. As a means to build out that capacity, this fellowship is intended to support scholars who are perhaps new to digital history but are interested in developing new skills and methods that could aid their research, as well as to support junior scholars already working in the field of digital history. Additionally, the fellowship aims to connect scholars from Europe to the digital history landscape in the United States.
The fellowship will provide a unique opportunity for the recipient to work on his or her research project at RRCHNM, where she/he will be in residence for one year. We welcome applications from scholars who are seeking seed-funding in order to develop a thrilling idea into a new project and/or funding proposal as well as from scholars who wish to pursue fully-fledged research projects. While at the Center, the fellow will also have the opportunity to consult with the Center's faculty and staff in order to develop the skills needed for his or her project, join teams working on projects in development at RRCHNM, and to sit in on graduate digital history classes at GMU. Depending upon qualifications and visa status, the fellow could teach or co-teach undergraduate courses involving digital history.
The fellow is also expected to cooperate with the GHI on a regular basis. She/he will participate in the Institute's scholarly activities and its digital projects. Moreover, the fellow will have the opportunity to get in contact with other North American centers for digital history or digital humanities. Depending on funding and approval, the fellow might also have the chance to organize a workshop on new perspectives in the field of digital history after completing the fellowship sponsored by the Max Weber Foundation - International Humanities.
Starting at the beginning of the 2020 GMU fall semester, the successful applicant will be in residence at the RRCHNM and will also participate in GHI activities, events, and digital projects.
Funding will be provided for a 12-month stay for postdoctoral scholars as well as advanced doctoral students, who are currently affiliated with a European research institution. The monthly stipend will be €3,400 for postdoctoral scholars or €2,000 for doctoral students. The fellow will also receive reimbursement for his or her round-trip economy airfare to the U.S. and a grant for travel to other North American institutions up to € 5,000.
The deadline for applications has been extended to February 9, 2020. To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV, a copy of the certificate of your most recently earned degree, the names and contact details of two referees, and a research project proposal (5 pages or 2,000 words max.). The proposal should outline a research question, the main sources to be used, and ideas about what digital tools and methods could be used to analyze those sources. We can accept applications in electronic form only. Documents should be sent as a single PDF file.