Call for Applications: PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge Scholars, 2014-15

Deadline: June 1, 2014
Special deadline for incoming Duke Humanities PhD and MFA students: August 15, 2014

In Fall 2014, Duke’s PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge will begin its third year. The lab is located in the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Smith Warehouse and partners with many existing programs on campus. Co-Directed by Professors David Bell and Ann Marie Rasmussen, the Lab will stress practice along with theory and will strive to connect its members to a variety of programs already on the Duke campus and in the Triangle, in order to foster the most innovative new research and teaching technologies, methods, practices, and theoretical reflection.

Program Description

For Fall 2014, we are accepting applications for up to 15 PhD Lab Scholars. Some of the events sponsored by the Lab will be open to the public, but only PhD Lab Scholars will be actually building, creating, and learning the advanced skills in collaboration with the Lab’s faculty and participants. This is a community of learners, not a class. PhD Lab Scholars are expected to be active participants.

We will sponsor a number of related workshops, symposia, and learn‐by‐doing initiatives designed to help doctoral students use new methods in their research, develop new teaching methods, and also face the job market with the most cutting‐edge theories and practices surrounding digital forms of learning, teaching, online instruction, and collaborative online publishing and research. The PhD Lab will cover everything from practical professional advice to learning new skills to participating in a group on, where students in the lab can share ideas, resources, and other conversations, both among themselves and with the vibrant HASTAC Scholars community (more than 800 past and present students (80% graduate), and over 13,000 interested learning and research interdisciplinary professionals around the world).

PhD Lab Meetings will be held every second or third Tuesday, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Special events may be held on other days of the week.

Eligibility & Requirements

Ideal participants in this program will be teaching or serving as a TA during the 2013‐2014, so that they will be able to apply new skills to the classroom, partnering with undergraduates, and will be able to use the PhD Lab as a human resource during the process. However, we will also accept applications from those who are not currently teaching but wish to build their digital skills in preparation for a teaching context later in their graduate career.

To participate as a PhD Lab Scholar, you must:

  • be a doctoral student in a humanities or social science department OR in a program with a “digital knowledge” component that will benefit from a humanistic perspective OR be a MFA student in Duke’s Experimental and Documentary Media Arts program. (Please note: PhD students from other universities in the Research Triangle who meet these criteria are eligible to apply and will have all privileges of Duke students except that they will not be eligible for additional travel and research awards offered by Duke for Duke students.)
  • have an interest in enhancing one’s skills, ideas, and research using digital tools and new ideas of online collaboration, community, and networks.
  • have a set of skills and interests that can actively contribute to the community of the PhD Lab

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the Qualtrics application form at the link listed below.

Application forms

Renewal Application, Due June 1, 2014
This form is only for 2013-­14 Lab Scholars who wish to continue in the Lab for another year.

New Applicants, Due June 1, 2014
Special Deadline for Incoming Duke PhD and MFA students: August 15, 2014
New applicants will be asked to upload a 2 page cv at the end of the application. We recommend that you prepare this before you begin the application form.

For additional details about the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge visit or email

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