Call for Applications: NCCU-Duke DH Course Development Graduate Assistantships, Summer 2024

Deadline: March 29, 2024

Since 2016, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) at Duke University has partnered with North Carolina Central University faculty and administrators to promote digital humanities at NCCU. To learn more, we invite you to visit the NCCU-Duke DH Fellows Program website. In Summer 2024, up to 2 Duke PhD students will have the opportunity to contribute to this long-term partnership, developing valuable skills in digital research and digital pedagogy, while working closely with faculty scholars at one of the nation’s leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


In 2023, the NCCU-Duke DH program began a new 2-year project to support course development in NCCU’s new Digital Humanities Minor. Funding for this new phase is provided by Duke’s Mellon Humanities Unbounded initiative.

The program matches 2 NCCU faculty with 2 Duke Graduate Assistants, who will be responsible for assisting the Faculty Fellows with the creation of course modules, assignments, video tutorials, data sets, and/or other relevant materials. Depending on the nature of the courses and the expertise of the students, the GAs may be matched one-on-one with the Faculty Fellows or may be asked to work as a team to support both courses. We also expect the GAs to participate in a brief, intensive workshop in digital pedagogy for the Faculty Fellows in early to mid-May, targeted at their particular needs and interests.

The NCCU-Duke DH Graduate Assistantship is designed as a 12-week Summer compensatory position, at 15 to 19.9 hours per week. Total salary will be $9,650 total, to be paid in 3 installments. Tuition and fees will be covered by Trinity College.

Note that these positions are NOT TA-ships for the courses to be developed, which are expected to be taught in the 2024-25 academic year. However, if there is interest from both the NCCU faculty and Duke student, the GA may be invited back to give a guest lecture, lead a workshop, or participate in other limited ways based on mutual agreement.


Mar - Apr - Duke GAs and NCCU Faculty Course Development Fellows selected

May (before Commencement) -  Intensive Digital pedagogy workshop for Fellows and GAs

Jun - Aug - GAs and NCCU Faculty Course Development Fellows work together on new DH courses


  • Experience as a TA, GA, or grader is expected
  • Experience with some aspect of hands-on digital humanities practice (as a student, researcher, or collaborator) is expected
  • Willingness to learn, including independent self-study
  • Experience working with students on digital humanities projects a plus
  • Interest in questions of difference, access, and equity in the field of DH


The application includes two main components. Both should be submitted by Friday, March 29, 2024:

  1. An online application form. In addition to basic information about yourself, including a current CV, you will be asked to discuss:
    1. Your interest and experience with digital humanities, particularly in the classroom setting.
    2. Your interest in working with HBCU faculty and students.
  2. A brief statement from the Director of Graduate Studies of your department, confirming your summer funding situation and your eligibility to receive this Assistantship. This statement should be emailed to