Digital Humanities at Princeton

The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) is a new research center in the Princeton University Library led by our Faculty Director, Meredith Martin, Associate Professor of English.  CDH is here to collaborate with Faculty, Graduate Students, and Undergraduates in the Humanities who are interested in using computational tools and methods to enhance their research and enliven their scholarly publications.  We are located in Green Hall, just across Washington Road from the Firestone Library.

  • CDH Graduate Fellowship – Call for Applications

    The Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University inspires and facilitates cutting-edge humanistic scholarship, inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaboration, and provides support for digital humanities projects at Princeton. This year, the Center will appoint its inaugural graduate student fellow. The Center for Digital Humanities Graduate Fellow will actively employ technology in their research and create or analyze digital content with the advice of CDH faculty and staff. Applicants must be ABD in the humanities or humanities-friendly social sciences at Princeton University and plan to defend a digitally inflected dissertation in their home department.

    Fellows receive a full year of funding (including tuition), allowing them to reserve a year of funding to be used in their first year of DCE status. During the fellowship year the fellows will have a shared workspace in the CDH, be expected to participate in Center activities, and receive support for their activities from Center staff. Fellows will have access to CDH expertise and will be trained in the methods and tools they need to complete the digital aspect of their project, which will need to be approved by their advisor as part of the dissertation completion plan. In addition to participating in the reading group and all Center activities, the graduate student fellow will be active in the graduate student caucus, will organize and lead one workshop, will have the opportunity to invite one outside speaker or organize an event, and will present a part of their project in the spring.


    Applicants must be ABD.  They must have completed all course requirements and other pre-generals departmental requirements as well as the general examination and have been admitted to candidacy for the doctorate in the humanities, social sciences or the arts at Princeton University.  Graduate students are encouraged to apply in their 3rd or 4th year of study, and serve the fellowship in their 4th or 5th year respectively.  5th year Graduate Students are not eligible to apply.

    Applicants must be enrolled full-time in regular enrollment status (that is, not in absentia) for the entire year for which they are applying.

    A faculty advisor must review and approve the scholarly content of the proposal.

    How to Apply

    A complete application package will include the following materials:

    • a cover letter, addressed to the selection committee;
    • a current CV
    • a dissertation abstract;
    • a summary of the applicant’s plan for use of digital technologies in his or her dissertation research;
    • a description of CDH and Princeton library digital resources (content or expertise) that are relevant to the proposed project;
    • and 2-3 letters of nomination and support, at least one being from the applicant’s dissertation director.

    Your materials and letters from your recommenders should be emailed directly to Jean Bauer at no later than February 6th, 2015.

    Notification of the fellowship will be the first week of March.

  • Spring 2015 courses related to DH and media theory

    There are numerous courses being offered in the Spring semester that may be of interest to students looking for classes related to DH and media theory.  A list can be found on our ‘New to DH’ page.

  • Milton’s Delayed Adjectives and the History of Style

    On Wednesday, October 15 at 4:30 Dan Shore will lead a discussion of his precirculated paper, “Milton’s Delayed Adjectives and the History of Style,” drawn from his forthcoming book, Cyberformalism, which (in his words) “explores how searchable digital archives like Google Books, EEBO, and ECCO allow us to study the history of linguistic forms.”

    1-N-10 Green Hall (first floor, north wing).

    The following day, at noon, Dan Shore will lead a seminar on close-reading with digital tools. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops, as we will be reading and working together. Lunch will be provided.

    Hinds Library, McCosh Hall (basement)


    MusicologyMichael Scott Cuthbert, Associate Professor of Music, MIT.
    Fox and Hedgehog Musicology: Digital and Statistical Approaches to Old Problems

    Co-sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative and the Program in Medieval Studies

    Free admission.
    Room 102, Woolworth Center
    10/06/14 at 4:30 pm – 10/06/14 at 6:00 pm