Call for Applicants: Praxis Program Fellows

UVa grad students! Apply by April 15th for a unique, funded opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary group of your peers, learning digital humanities skills from the experts, and collaboratively designing and executing an innovative digital project.

Each year, the Scholars’ Lab Praxis Program provides six UVa graduate students with hands-on experience in digital humanities collaboration and project creation. Team members work to take a shared project from conception to design and development, and finally to publication, community engagement, and analysis. Praxis is a unique and well-known training program in the international digital humanities community. Our fellows blog about their experiences and develop increased facility with project management, collaboration, and the public humanities, even as they tackle (most for the first time, and with the mentorship of our wonderful faculty and staff) new programming languages, tools, and digital methods.

The 2012-13 Praxis cohort is in full swing, thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through UVa Library’s Scholarly Communication Institute (SCI).  The 2013-14 cohort will be supported by the University of Virginia Library.  Recently, the Scholars’ Lab joined with like-minded institutions to create a recently-launched Praxis Network, made up of allied but differently-inflected humanities education initiatives from around the world, mainly focused on graduate training, and all engaged in rethinking pedagogy and campus partnerships in relation to the digital humanities. A new Head of Graduate Programs will join us in 2013, working closely with Scholar’s Lab Grad and Praxis fellows.

We will welcome six new, competitively-selected Praxis students in late August 2013. Each will be awarded $8000 in fellowship funds, and will be expected to devote approximately 10 hours per week in the fall and spring semesters, to learning together and building a collaborative digital humanities project in the Scholars’ Lab. Fellows join our vibrant community, have a voice in intellectual programming for the Scholars’ Lab, and can make use of a dedicated grad lounge.

All University of Virginia graduate students working within or committed to humanities disciplines are eligible to apply to join the 2013-14 cohort. We particularly encourage applications from women, LGBT students, and people of color, and will be working to put together an interdisciplinary and intellectually diverse team.

Information session, Monday, April 8th
Please join Scholars’ Lab staff and current Praxis Fellows on Monday, April 8th, for a Q&A session on the program, to be held in the Scholars’ Lab at 4:00 p.m. RSVP with Eric Johnson, Head of Outreach & Public Services at ej9k@virginia.edu. If you’re unable to join us for the session but have questions about the program, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Application deadline: Friday, April 15th
The application process is simple: direct an email to Eric Johnson at the address above. Please indicate why you’re interested in the Praxis Program, what you think you will gain from it, and what you feel you would bring to a collaborative digital humanities project. A small committee, consisting of Scholars’ Lab faculty and staff and past Praxis Program participants, will evaluate expressions of interest and schedule group interviews with finalists.

Eric Johnson is the former Head of Outreach & Public Services at the Scholars’ Lab in the University of Virginia Library. He holds an MA in US History (George Mason University) and an MS in Library and Information Studies (Florida State) and has research interests in information sharing among creative people; citizen history; user-generated content…

2 Comments

  1. Hi, Mary–

    I’m sorry we’ll miss you on the 8th! The cohort meets formally for about two hours a week all year, and then we ask a commitment of an additional eight hours per week. Depending on the stage of the program–different activities at different parts of the year–some of those informal hours may involve additional meetings with some or all of the group to work together on the project.

    Let me know if you have any other questions–I’m happy to clarify further.

  2. Hi!

    I apologize that I will not be able to make the 8 April Information session because I have class at 3:30 PM that day. I wanted to ask quickly about the dates for the upcoming Praxis Program (August 2013-May 2014), and if the cohort meets weekly or monthly to collaborate? Or are there workshops / training sessions for developing these skills?

    Many thanks for your time and assistance!

    Mary
    PhD Student, Dept. of History

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