Call for Applications: NCCU-Duke Digital Humanities Graduate Assistantships

Image card: Summer Grad Funding / NCCU-Duke Digital Summer Assistantships / Apply by 3.31`.23

Deadline: March 31, 2023

UPDATE: Deadline extended to Friday March 31


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 2023, up to two 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. 


The NCCU-Duke DH Graduate Assistantship is designed as a 12-week Summer position, at 15-20 hours per week. The payment is  $8,250 total.  In Summer 2023, the GAship will consists of two key responsibilities:

  • Co-leading a 1-week DH Workshop for NCCU Faculty: Working in consultation with NCCU faculty PIs, the two Duke GAs will prepare and lead a one-week DH workshop for NCCU faculty involved with the NEH “Digital Exploration of North Carolina Central University’s History” grant. Possible topics include digital archives development, mapping, text analysis, data visualization, and digital storytelling.
  • Working one-on-one with NCCU Faculty to develop new DH course: Each GA will be paired with an NCCU faculty member to develop course materials for the newly established DH Minor. Each GA will assist their Faculty mentor in the creation of course modules, assignments, video tutorials, data sets, and/or other relevant materials. Funding for this component of the Assistantship is provided by Duke’s Mellon Humanities Unbounded initiative.   

To ensure the GAs are adequately prepared for these responsibilities, they will receive hands-on preparatory training in April and May, to be followed and supplemented by self-guided video tutorials. 

Note that these positions are NOT TA-ships for the courses to be developed, which are expected to be taught in the 2023-24 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.

PROJECTED TIMELINE (subject to revision; updated 3/6)

Mar/Apr Duke GAs and NCCU Faculty Course Development Fellows selected
Apr/May Training for work in the summer - to be arranged
May 15-20 Co-lead NEH DH workshop for a small group of NCCU faculty (separate from course development work)
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

HOW TO APPLY (updated 3/6)

The application includes of two main components. Both should be submitted by Monday, March 20, 2023:

  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 letter of support from the Director of Graduate Studies of your department, including information on your summer funding. This letter should be emailed to