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Call for Methods Fellowship applications 2021/22

The Learning invites applications for new Methods Fellows for the academic year 2021/22. The Methods Fellowship programme provides the opportunity to develop and deliver innovative teaching in offers teaching in digital methods. Research, teaching and professional staff at the University of Cambridge are eligible to apply. We are also happy to accept invitations from PhD students at the University of Cambridge, Methods Fellows contribute to an interdisciplinary programme that attracts over 300 participants across the University each year. 

The Methods Fellowships will be of particular interest to early-career researchers who are interested in translating their knowledge and expertise of digital methods into learning formats including traditional classroom instruction and alternative modes of learning such as mentoring networks and peer-to-peer support for methods in practice.

Methods Fellows benefit from mentoring by Learning staff and are an integral part of the wider CDH community, accessing a vibrant network of researchers and spanning a wide range of disciplines and departments. 

Methods Fellow information session announced:

Tuesday, 7 September 2021: 12.00 – 12.45pm

This information session is open to staff and PhD students at the University of Cambridge interested in applying for a Methods Fellowship - it will be an informal opportunity to ask questions about the scheme. Potential applicants for our new Research Software Engineering Methods Fellowship are particularly encouraged to take part.

Register in advance for the session here

Priority areas for appointment to Methods Fellowships in 2021/22

​We welcomes proposals relevant to any area of Digital Humanities research, however, we are keen to encourage applicants with expertise in the following areas:

  1. Principles of data visualisation
  2. Spatial analysis methods and GIS
  3. Social Network Analysis
  4. Research Software Engineering (RSE) (see dedicated section below)


What Methods Fellows bring to our Learning programme

  • Methods Fellows use their expertise in methods or practices relevant to DH research to design and deliver a series of online workshop sessions between October 2021 and June 2022. 
  • We welcome proposals for online, in-person and hybrid formats. All proposals must be capable of being reformatted for online delivery in the event of future restrictions on face-to-face meetings and/or access to suitable spaces and the availability of CDH staff. We regret that we cannot accept applications for in-person-only formats.
  • Proposals may include workshops, or a mix of workshops and alternative learning experiences, such as peer-to-peer networking through virtual or in-person sessions to exchange skills and experiences, mentoring or pair programming.
  • Methods Fellows are expected to be active in the growing CDH community. 


What we offer Methods Fellows

  • An honorarium of £1200 for the design, development and delivery of a programme of activities open to graduate students and staff of the University of Cambridge.
    • For classroom teaching via online workshops, we would expect this to normally involve around four hours of remote live teaching over the course of the year, the preparation of self-paced preparatory materials covering the content of the teaching hours, and up to two hours of asynchronous teaching answering participant questions via email through Moodle between sessions (or through online “office hours.”) 
    • For in-person classroom teaching we would expect this to normally cover four hours of live teaching plus content preparation and two hours asynchronous teaching, as above. 
    • We welcome other proposals for alternative learning experiences deliverable with around 48 hours of work during the Methods Fellowship, including design, preparation and delivery. For example, this could involve running a mentoring or pair-programming scheme connecting practitioners across different departments or hosting a series of networking events to exchange good practice in coding. ​
  • Administrative support for all sessions
  • Mentoring and support from Learning Programme staff
  • Opportunities to experiment with novel pedagogical approaches and course content
  • Opportunities to apply for CDH funding for DH conference attendance
  • Assistance and advice with DH grant proposals
  • Networking and peer-learning as part of a supportive community of researchers
  • Membership of the Learning Programme steering group and a chance to feed into the wider programme design


What you need to become a Methods Fellow

  • Expertise in methods or practices relevant to Digital Humanities research, You do not need to have an existing track record in Humanities or Social Science research to apply. We are keen to facilitate cross-disciplinary conversations and welcome applications from researchers and developers in any discipline.
  • Passion for communicating complex ideas to learners
  • Experience in delivering teaching or training (although not necessarily in a formal classroom setting). Applicants who do not have formal teaching experience should indicate other ways in which their prior experience would provide a solid foundation for a Methods Fellowship (this could include evidence of providing mentoring or training to colleagues or engagement with professional development networks).
  • Engagement with DH research and a desire to expand your knowledge of the DH community in Cambridge.


RSE Methods Fellowship

New for this year, CDH welcomes proposals from those who practice coding or software development as part of their research or professional role. You may be based in any department (including STEM) but have a cross-disciplinary perspective to bring to Digital Humanities.
CDH has undertaken a commitment to expand opportunities for researchers and staff in the area of Research Software Engineering, broadly defined. We would also like to connect the often disparate community of those using more technical methods in their research or role.
In particular, we would like to encourage:
  • Networking and peer-to-peer support for those using coding or developing software;
  • Teaching and sharing of best practices in coding, advanced techniques, software sustainability and tools.
Whether you identify as an RSE, or not, or may like to move into an RSE-type role in the future, we encourage you to make a proposal for a RSE Methods Fellowship. You will benefit from the same support, community and opportunities as all Methods Fellows.

How to apply

Submit a two-page statement, which should give equal weight to the following sections, to by 14 September 2021.

  • A summary of the content and teaching/learning methods you would be interested in offering. (Please look over our existing Core Programme as we will not normally commission Methods Fellows to develop teaching which repeats content in our Core Programme. However, we may consider proposals that deepen or extend elements of the Core Programme.)
  • A summary of your research experience and interests.
  • Why becoming a Methods Fellow at CDH would benefit you.
  • Indicate experience delivering teaching and training to date. This does not have to be in a Higher Education setting, and can include informal or peer-to-peer teaching

We will contact all applicants to let them know the outcome of the selection process by 6 October 2021.

Click here to go to Methods Fellows Q&A.

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