Postdoctoral Mellon Fellowship in the Digital Humanities





The Division of Arts & Humanities of the College of Letters & Science at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships in the Digital Humanities.
Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Digital Humanities at Berkeley is designed to increase our capacity for teaching and scholarship in the digital humanities, with a focus on integrating these into the central academic enterprise of the university.
A wide spectrum of constituents participate in the Digital Humanities at Berkeley, including faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates, along with a broad range of institutional entities, including the School of Information (I School), the University Library, the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), the D-Lab, the University museums, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS).

Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellows are intended for recent PhDs, DMAs, or MFAs (2009 or later) whose research interests or practice cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and have some digital or computational component, whether it be methodological, conceptual, or practical. The successful candidate should have a history of collaborative work across disciplines and also demonstrate evidence of independence, initiative, and originality. The fellowships are two-year appointments. Post-doctoral fellows will be part of the campus Digital Humanities Fellows cohort, which will provide opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and training.

  • The postdoctoral fellows will teach two courses a year.
  • The postdoctoral fellows will conduct independent research that involves digital humanities methods or topics.

Digital humanities projects can take many forms. We are open to the use of digital tools and/or methods in research, artistic production, critical analysis, and pedagogy. Candidates should observe the following requirements:

  • Ph.D. in any discipline or DMA or MFA (or expected by September 2015) and a record of scholarly or artistic production.
  • Research interests that intersect with the digital humanities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Evidence of the ability to think outside traditional paradigms.
  • Excellence in pedagogy.

Compensation: Digital Humanities Postdoctoral compensation is $62,500 for 2015-2016, plus benefits and $65,000 for 2016-2017 plus benefits.

Application Materials: Interested candidates must submit the following materials (one PDF of all materials, except letters of recommendation), by January 15, 2015 to:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Brief statement of artistic production and/or research interests (max. 2 pages) including a description of the research you would like to pursue during the period of this fellowship.
  • Description of which departments and faculty you would be most interested in working with, and why the opportunity to engage with multiple departments would enhance your work.
  • Teaching statement, including ideas of what courses you would envision teaching.
  • The names of two referees whose letters of recommendation could address your qualifications for the Fellowship (please do not ask for letters to be sent unless instructed to do so).
  • A copy of one paper or dissertation chapter you have written in English, either published or unpublished, up to 20 pages in length; or a link to one digital humanities project you have been involved in, with an account of your specific role in it.

Please direct any questions or inquiries to the Digital Humanities Project Director, Claudia von Vacano at: