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Digital Scholarship Fellowships

An increasing number of faculty members are bringing new technologies to their scholarship, or developing courses and assignments in which students create video or digital media projects. Lehigh's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning has many resources to support such projects, and we work closely with instructors, offering assignment design consultations, production expertise, instruction for students, course development assistance, advice on equipment needs, help developing your plan to evaluate student work, etc.

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Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship

The Fellowship provides $5,000 to full-time faculty (of any rank or any discipline) who want to use digital tools in their research and/or present their scholarship in a digital form.  The Fellowship will support the planning stage of a project and will result in a prototype or proof of concept.

Successful applicants for the Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship will collaborate with Library and Technology Services staff and focus on one or more of the following:

  1. Address a scholarly question through new research methods or new ways of interrogating or representing research;
  2.  Invite interdisciplinary collaboration ranging from undergraduate students to senior researchers;
  3. Develop digital scholarship projects tied to the curriculum and research.

Applicants are asked to identify additional funding resources available for their project and outline a plan of work for the grant year and beyond. Final digital projects should be intended for broad dissemination, without fees or limitations. The Fellowship will support release time*, stipend, and/or a graduate assistant. The Fellowship does not support the following: creation or conversion of a scholarly journal, conferences or professional meetings, acquisition of computer equipment or software, preparation or publication of articles or textbooks. At the conclusion of the funding period, Fellows will present their work at a campus-wide Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning event.

Contact Julia Maserjian at with questions.

*Fellow is responsible for making release time arrangements with his or her department.

Information about the 2014-15 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellow

The 2014-2015 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship was awarded to William Bulman, Lehigh University Assistant Professor of History.

Professor Bulman’s fellowship supported his work on a book project entitled “The Rise of the Majority in the British Atlantic World.” This project aims to explain why over the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries representative assemblies in the West stopped making consensual decisions and opted for majority rule voting instead. Despite the fact that this development was a precondition for the emergence of both party politics and democracy, it has never been studied. The fellowship allowed Bulman to work with Library and Technology staff to create digital text databases for the records of a multitude of such assemblies in the British Empire, from the English House of Commons to the North American colonies. These activities launched Bulman's efforts to collect the core data for his project while making a number of legislative records easily accessible to the public for the first time.

Professor Bulman will be presenting his fellowship work at a Friends of the Libraries event on December 2, 21015 at 4:10 p.m. in the Scheler Humanities Forum, Linderman Library 200.