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.

SSRC fellows attend the inaugural Digital Literacy Workshop at Purdue University, December 2016

Supported through generous funding from Richard Witten, a member of the SSRC Visiting Committee, the Digital Literacy Initiative is developing new opportunities for students engaged in our various fellowship programs (the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, International Dissertation Research Fellowship, 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. Since 2017, 140 SSRC fellows from 57 colleges and universities have participated in supplemental workshops on data management and digital publishing, day-long workshops on developing digital projects, and online training through SSRC-sponsored modules on approaches to doing digital scholarship. More than 30 fellows have received travel support for training to enhance their graduate work with digital research skills.

Current SSRC 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 (DHSI) 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, 2018.

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute is an annual training opportunity hosted at the University of Victoria in 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