The University of Iowa

Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio Fellowships

2019 Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio Fellows

This fellowship program provides an opportunity for PhD, DMA, and MFA students to benefit from a mentored digital scholarship internship experience in the University of Iowa Libraries Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio. Students are encouraged to develop their own projects and/or pursue the development of digital scholarly skills. Students whose project is related to a thesis or dissertation work may be given priority.

The fellowship will help position graduate students to pursue innovative ways of thinking about, publishing, and sharing their creative endeavors. In addition to devoting at least 20 hours per week in the Studio on their projects (worked hours arranged with the Studio Program Coordinator), fellows will be given instruction on a host of software and other technology available to create their work.

Summer fellows will be required to participate in a summer class through the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio in digital scholarship (1 or 2 credits) and also are expected to present their work at the Graduate Student Senate’s Jakobsen Memorial Conference. The Graduate College provides a stipend ($5,000) plus a tuition scholarship for up to two credit hours and 50 percent of the mandatory fees. Students are responsible for payment of remaining mandatory and course fees.  Typically fellowships cannot be used in combination with any other source of support (e.g., fellowship/scholarship, grant, graduate assistantships, or employment outside the University of Iowa) since the fellowships are meant to provide protected time for the student to advance his/her studies. Failure to report additional employment can be considered in future applications/nominations/continued Graduate College funding for both the student and the department. For more information or to ask for a possible one-time exception, contact the Graduate College. Please direct any questions to: Executive Director of Operations Donna Welter (335-2145) or Associate Dean Shelly Campo (335-2136) or via email at grad-fellowships@uiowa.edu.

Awards will be based on consideration of the student’s proposed projects/spring learning objectives, prior experience (work/coursework), fit with the student’s academic and career goals, degree progress, graduate academic record, and a letter of recommendation from the student’s academic advisor.

Award winners will be required to submit a report outlining the ways in which they used the funds by August 13, 2021.

Applications are due February 11, 2021 for summer awards. Eligible students may nominate themselves for this award. Students must submit their part of the application materials to their department at least two weeks prior to the Graduate College deadline. Check with your department as soon as possible for their deadlines as well as inform them that you intend to apply.

Application Process

The number of fellowships is limited and awards are competitive.

  • Typically fellowships cannot be used in combination with any other source of support (e.g., fellowship/scholarship, grant, graduate assistantships, or employment outside the University of Iowa) since the fellowships are meant to provide protected time for the student to advance his/her studies.
  • Anyone awarded the fellowship must be registered for a minimum of one credit during the summer they are receiving the fellowship. This credit can be the required course that is part of the fellowship.
  • We seek a diverse pool of applicants. Therefore, we do not expect to award more than 2 fellowships to students from the same graduate program.

Application Requirements

Online applications must include the following items as separate PDF files:

Student materials (single spaced, 12 pt. type, 1" margins):

  • Description of (1) a student’s proposed project/learning objectives, (2) a description of related experience, (3) a description of how the experience fits into the student’s academic and career goals (maximum 500 words)
  • Transcript (unofficial acceptable)
  • A one-page CV of educational and professional experience, honors and awards, and publications/creative works.

Letter of support

  • One letter from the nominee's advisor/ that includes:
    • An assessment of the student's qualifications for carrying out the planned summer activities and how it will impact the student’s academic and career goals.
    • An explicit statement of the advisor’s (or another faculty member’s) willingness to help mentor the student in this summer experience.

Applications must be submitted online. Students must submit their part of the application materials to their department at least two weeks prior to the Graduate College deadline. Check with your department as soon as possible for their deadlines as well as inform them that you intended to apply. Applications submitted by the student (and not someone in the department such as the DGS, DEO or grad coordinator) will be voided and not considered. 

Please call or email with questions

  • Executive Director of Operations Donna Welter (335-2145) or Associate Dean Shelly Campo (335-2136) or via email at grad-fellowships@uiowa.edu)