Digital Scholarship Fellowships

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An increasing number of faculty are bringing new technologies to their scholarship and teaching. Lehigh's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) has many resources to support such projects. We work closely with instructors, offering assignment design consultations, production expertise, instruction for students, course development assistance, advice on equipment and software needs, and help developing rubrics.  In addition to our regular semester collaborations, we provide intensive support in developing new ways for faculty to think about their research and its application to their courses.  The Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship gives faculty an opportunity to devote time, energy, and funding for research and course development.

Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship Call for Propoposals 2020/21

CITL Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship 2020/21


The 2020/21 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship provides $5,000 to full-time faculty (of any rank) who desire to plan, design, and implement a digital humanities project that employs new research methods or new ways of interrogating or representing his or her research.  


With the assistance of Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), faculty will evaluate and select appropriate digital scholarship tools and technologies such as data or geospatial visualization, audio/video production, aerial photography and analysis, virtual reality, etc. CITL staff will then partner with faculty to collaboratively develop a digital humanities project.  


Fellowship funding and CITL staff collaboration will begin in the summer of 2020, with a proof-of-concept and anticipated course integration by December 2021.  Fellows will be expected to present their work-to-date at the campus-wide Symposium on Teaching and Learning in the Spring of 2021. 


The Fellowship can support undergraduate/graduate assistants and/or one-time funding of software. The Fellowship does not support the following: creation or conversion of a scholarly journal, conferences or professional meetings, travel, acquisition of computer equipment, preparation or publication of articles or textbooks, or currently funded projects at Lehigh.  


The Fellow is responsible for making release time arrangements with their department and any disbursements of payments from their discretionary fund to pay undergrad or graduate students. 


Please note:  faculty and staff evaluating your proposal may be unfamiliar with your discipline, so please complete your application with this audience in mind.


Applications accepted 10/28/19 through midnight 12/20/19. 


Questions can be directed to Julia Maserjian, Digital Scholarship Team manager, at or 610-758-2635.




2018-19 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellow

The 2018 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship was awarded to Haiyan Jai, Assitant Professor of Journalism and Communication

Professor Jai redesigned her Journalism and Visualization course to enhance student understanding of data. To accomplish this goal, Professor Jai worked closely with CITL staff to select tools and design assignments that empower students to create and work with visualizations of data more readily and intuitively. Professor Jai spent the summer of 2018 designing the course and taught her newly desinged course, Data Storytelling and Visualization course in the Fall. Using lessons learned, she and the CITL team redesigned elements of the course, which was taught in the Spring 2019 semester. See examples of student work here.

2016-17 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellow

The 2016-2017 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship was awarded to Monica Najar, Associate Professor of History.

Professor Najar's project “Mapping the Evangelization of the Southwest, 1755-1815" used GIS to maps evangelical Baptist churches in the Upper South.  Using the founding of Baptist churches (the fastest growing evangelical sect) as a marker, this project used mapping tools to compare and understand the geographic growth of evangelical churches in relationship to the expansion of civil authority. See an example of Professor Najar's work. (LU credentials required) Funding allowed Professor Najar and her graduate students access, training and consultation with CITL's Geospacial Specialist.

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.  This project is still in progress and will be made available when complete.