New modes of research and scholarly communication are changing the ways in which social scientists engage with, share, and evaluate scholarship.  From data analytics to geospatial and temporal visualization, computational modeling to social network analysis, these methods all demand increased attention to procedural thinking, critical engagement with the tools that shape knowledge production, and a stronger awareness of how to integrate digital methods with field-specific knowledge.  The Digital Culture program is working across the Council to foster greater digital capacity across all our programs through a new Digital Literacy Initiative. By building out online spaces for cohorts of Council fellows and providing them with training resources and a better understanding of available tools, we are instilling a digital literacy in a new generation of scholars so that they can use computational approaches when appropriate to their own research and, importantly, cultivate new cultures of scholarly exchange and evaluation.

Currently, the Digital Literacy Initiative is developing new opportunities for students engaged in our various fellowship programs (DPDF Student Fellowships, Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowships, and SSRC-Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program). These initial offerings take a variety of forms—from in-person instruction to remote, self-directed learning—in order to explore the best ways to reach geographically-dispersed students studying a range of disciplines.   See below for details about activities, including open applications for travel bursaries to training workshops and conferences on digital scholarship and a resource section with links to training opportunities, useful tools, and other resources.

Current Opportunities

Travel Bursary to the Digital Humanities Summer Institute

The Digital Literacy Initiative will be offering a limited number of  travel bursaries and tuition scholarships to the Digital Humanities Summer Institute for SSRC fellows. DHSI offers a robust set of courses on digital pedagogy, data visualization, open access options and models, scholarly research and communication, and much more. You can view a full course listing here.  The deadline to apply for this opportunity is February 14, 2017.

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) is an annual training opportunity hosted at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. DHSI is the largest regular digital humanities skills training institute in the world, and has approximately 3,500 alumni. It is directed by Dr. Ray Siemens and coordinated by the  Electronic Textual Cultures Lab  on the University of Victoria campus. In 2016, DHSI welcomed over 800 participants across 43 courses led by an instructional team of around 70 individuals.

To apply for the conference, read the instructions listed here and apply at the top of the page.  For questions related to the application process, please contact DHSI via email at institut@uvic.ca.  For questions related to SSRC eligibility, please contact the SSRC Digital Culture program at digitalculture@ssrc.org

Recent Opportunities

SSRC Digital Literacy Initiative: Application for Travel Bursaries to Purdue Symposium

As part of a set of efforts to expand access to digital methods and approaches to scholarship, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites applications from graduate student fellows for travel bursaries to attend Purdue University’s 30th Symposium on African American Culture and Philosophy, “Exploring the ‘Humanity’ in the Digital Humanities: Africana/Black Studies’ Perspectives on the Digital Humanities.” The symposium will take place from December 1 to 3, 2016, with a pre-symposium for SSRC fellows starting on November 30.

The SSRC will provide reimbursements of up to $900 per person for participation in the symposium and pre-symposium

Eligibility: PhD students that are part of the SSRC-Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program or have received fellowships from the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program or International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program are eligible to apply for this conference bursary.

Deadline: Applications are due on August 1, 2016.

Other Active or Recent Activities

The Digital Literacy Initiative and the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program recently hosted Trevor Muñoz, Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research at the University of Maryland Libraries and an Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), for the DPDF Annual Spring Workshop. Muñoz ran a training session on data curation and management.


The Programming Historianoffers novice-friendly, peer-reviewed tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate their research.” 

Miriam Posner’s How Did They Make That? highlights possible digital scholarship projects and explains the tools and methods used to create them.  See more at YouTube,  DHCommons.

CUNY’s Digital Humanities Resource Guide

DIRT: Digital Research Tools

Digital Humanities Summer Institute brings scholars, artists, librarians, and archivists together every summer to share ideas and methods and develop expertise in using advanced technologies.

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities