Digital History Fellows At RRCHNM

Monday Meeting 8_26_13

The first Monday all-staff meeting of the year at RRCHNM was devoted to an orientation for the fourteen Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) who will be working at the Center in 2013-14. GRAs are a key part of the Center’s staff, working in a range of capacities on projects in all three divisions – Education, Public Projects, and Research — and in some cases on multiple projects in different divisions (watch for future posts describing exactly what they are doing).

The second cohort of Digital History Fellows are part of this group; you can find them and the earlier cohort here. Supported by the Provost, this program admits three graduate students each year, who each receive two years of funding at $20,000 p.a., in addition to three years of funding from the History Department, and undertake a practicum course for credit at RRCHNM each semester for two years.

The Fellows program is as an extension of the central role of digital history in the PhD program at GMU. Set up as ‘a PhD with a difference,’ it requires all students to take two core courses, Clio Wired: An Introduction to History and New Media Credits, and Creating History in New Media, which provide exposure to the ways that digital tools and approaches are reshaping historical study, and, for those interested, a pathway into developing a digital history project. (My predecessor, Dan Cohen, described the development of these courses in AHA Perspectives in 2009). RRCHNM’s role in the Digital History Fellows program reflects its commitment to helping develop future generations of digital history scholars by providing experience working in a digital history center, on a variety of projects, and the opportunity to reflect on that work and develop a digital portfolio.

Syllabi for the practicums can be found on the Fellows blog, where you can also read posts by last year’s cohort, and the first posts by our new Fellows. Both groups will also be posting to the RRCHNM blog several times this year, as well as each tweeting one day at the Center.

A final cohort of DH Fellows will be admitted in Fall 2014, but with the grant from the Provost coming to an end in 2015, they will receive only a single year of additional funding and undertake just a two-semester practicum. Students interested in applying to the GMU History PhD program and being part of that cohort of DH Fellows, should consult the information on the department website.  Applications close January 15.

Stephen Robertson