Digital Scholarship & Publishing Fellowships

Digital Scholarship recipients

This fellowship program provides an opportunity for PhD, DMA, and MFA students to benefit from a mentored digital scholarship internship experience in the University of Iowa Libraries Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio. Students are encouraged to develop their own projects and/or pursue the development of digital scholarly skills. Students whose project is related to a thesis or dissertation work may be given priority.

The fellowship will help position graduate students to pursue innovative ways of thinking about publishing and sharing their creative endeavors. In addition to devoting at least 20 hours per week in the Studio on their projects (work hours arranged with the Studio Program Coordinator), fellows will be given instruction on a host of software and other technology available to create their work.

Value

Summer fellows will be required to participate in a summer class through the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio in digital scholarship (1 or 2 credits).  The Graduate College provides a stipend of $5,000 plus a tuition scholarship for up to two credit hours and 50 percent of the mandatory fees. Students are responsible for the remaining mandatory fees and any course fees. 

Typically fellowships cannot be used in combination with any other source of support (e.g., fellowship/scholarship, grant, graduate assistantships, or employment outside the University of Iowa) since the fellowships are meant to provide protected time for the student to advance their studies. Failure to report additional employment can be considered in future applications/nominations/continued Graduate College funding for both the student and the department. For more information or to ask for a possible one-time exception, contact the Graduate College.

Minimum Requirements

Awards will be based on consideration of the student’s proposed projects/spring learning objectives, prior experience (work/coursework), fit with the student’s academic and career goals, degree progress, graduate academic record, and a letter of recommendation from the student’s academic advisor.

Award winners will be required to submit a report outlining the ways in which they used the funds by August 13, 2021.

Application

The number of fellowships is limited and awards are competitive.

  • Typically fellowships cannot be used in combination with any other source of support (e.g., fellowship/scholarship, grant, graduate assistantships, or employment outside the University of Iowa) since the fellowships are meant to provide protected time for the student to advance their studies.
  • Anyone awarded the fellowship must be registered for a minimum of one credit during the summer they are receiving the fellowship. This credit can be the required course that is part of the fellowship.
  • We seek a diverse pool of applicants. Therefore, we do not expect to award more than 2 fellowships to students from the same graduate program.
Application Requirements

Online applications must include the following items as separate PDF files:

Student materials (single spaced, 12 pt. type, 1" margins):
  • Description of (1) a student’s proposed project/learning objectives, (2) related experience, and (3) how the experience fits into the student’s academic and career goals (maximum 500 words)
  • Transcript (unofficial acceptable)
  • A one-page CV of educational and professional experience, honors and awards, and publications/creative works.
Letter of support
  • One letter from the nominee's advisor/ that includes:
    • An assessment of the student's qualifications for carrying out the planned summer activities and how it will impact the student’s academic and career goals.

Applications must be submitted online. Eligible students may nominate themselves for this award however nominations must be submitted by the student's department. Students must submit their part of the application materials to their department at least two weeks prior to the Graduate College deadline. Students should check with their department as soon as possible for departmental deadlines as well as to inform them they intend to apply. Applications submitted by the student (and not someone in the department such as the DGS, DEO or grad coordinator) will be voided and not considered. 

Deadline

Applications are due February 11, 2021 for summer awards.

Additional Information

Please direct any questions to Executive Director of Operations Donna Welter (335-2145) or Associate Dean Shelly Campo (335-2136) or via email at grad-fellowships@uiowa.edu.