Digital Dissertations Scholars Program

Interested in creating a dissertation with digital components or a completely digital dissertation? Apply to the ECDS-FCHI Digital Dissertation Scholars Program (DDSP).

Applications are due by April 15, 2019 by email to Lisa Flowers (

Through the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry (FCHI), the DDSP is open to Laney Graduate School PhD students in any humanistic discipline who are preparing for their dissertation prospectus, currently creating their prospectus, or will have just created their prospectus. The one-year program (2019-2020) provides students with access to training, expertise, and mini-grant funds (up to $5,000) to plan and create digital dissertation components. These components will be submitted with the written dissertation to Emory Libraries' Electronic Theses and Dissertations Repository and preserved as part of the Emory Libraries' Digital Library Program.

This program prepares doctoral students to create meaningful and lasting digital scholarship projects by equipping them with

  • adequate knowledge of theories, methods, and technologies in digital scholarship;
  • an understanding of how digital projects are developed sustainably and with accessibility issues in mind;
  • training to write about development processes.

Students will form a cohort with other DDSP fellows and may apply for mini-grant funds towards the following digital dissertation research needs:

  • Paid web development time
  • Temporary hosting
  • Data and software subscription costs
  • Digitization costs for source material
  • Travel for digital dissertation research
  • Travel and registration for conferences and training in digital scholarship theories and methods not available at Emory

Students in the program will be expected to attend all cohort meetings through the year and present a public scholarship-related contribution for other future DDSP students.


Email Anandi Knuppel (Senior Digital Scholarship Specialist-ECDS) and Sarah McKee (Senior Associate Director for Publishing-FCHI)

Application Instructions

Send the following documents as one PDF to Lisa Flowers ( by April 15, 2019:

  • Cover sheet with name, email, year in program, department, dissertation committee list, dissertation title (proposed title acceptable)
  • Dissertation statement or overview with description of proposed digital components (500 words)
  • Statement describing your interest in this program and how you expect it to support your research, teaching, and/or professional development (300 words)
  • Dissertation timeline with milestones (1 page outline)
  • Letter of support from Dissertation Committee Advisor that acknowledges support for participation in the program

Notifications to selected applicants will be sent out by May 1, 2019.