Call for Applications: PhD Lab Scholars 2016-17

2016-2017 PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge Scholar Application

Deadline: July 15, 2016

The PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge seeks PhD Lab Scholars for 2016-2017. The purpose of the PhD Lab is to foster innovative new digital research and teaching practices in the humanities and social sciences.

In 2016-2017, PhD Lab Scholars will be expected to be enter the program with a digital project at any stage of development, attend semi-monthly luncheon workshops (on Fridays from 12:00 to 1:30 pm) for PhD Lab Scholars and invited faculty to present and get feedback on their work, and engage in a larger campus conversation about the future of digital research at Duke particularly in the humanities. The PhD Lab will also host a number of seminars and workshops on professional development topics: student-centered teaching methods, how and why to build an online professional presence, how to build a professional website, CV workshops, and practice job talks. These are not mandatory, but highly recommended for PhD Lab Scholars to attend. The PhD Lab will strive to connect Scholars to a variety of programs already on the Duke campus and in the Triangle. Special events may be held on other days of the week besides Fridays.

The PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge is part of the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative, and is based in the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Smith Warehouse. It partners with many existing programs on campus. Next year, the PhD Lab will be in its fifth year, and will be Co-Directed by Professors Philip Stern, Victoria Szabo and David Bell.

What do PhD Lab Scholars get?

  • $2,000 annual stipend
  • Assigned workspace in the PhD Lab
  • Opportunity to seek feedback on work from invited faculty and other PhD Lab Scholars
  • Access to resources and contacts through the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative and HASTAC

What are PhD Lab Scholars expected to do?

  • Actively work on a digital project and invite feedback and collaboration where useful
  • Attend luncheon workshops (usually two per month), on Fridays from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, where PhD Lab Scholars and invited faculty will present their work and seek critical feedback
  • Engage in a larger campus conversation about the future of digital research at Duke particularly in the humanities.
  • Attend other relevant professional development workshops
  • Blog about or present their work at conferences

Who is eligible to be a PhD Lab Scholar?

To participate as a PhD Lab Scholar, you must:

  • be a doctoral student in a humanities or social science department at Duke University 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.
  • 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 application. For additional details about the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge visit or email

Note: Past PhD Lab Scholars, other PhD students at Duke, and PhD students from other universities in the Research Triangle who meet these criteria may be invited to join the PhD Lab community as Affiliates at a later date. Affiliates will be able to attend all of the public workshops and events, but are not eligible for financial support or travel grants.)



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