Data Fellowships

The deadline for the 2022–23 cohort of Data Fellows has passed. Please see the call for applications below for your reference. The deadline for the 2023–24 cohort will be announced in winter 2022.

Researchers planning projects relevant to Hellenic Studies should also be aware of our new partnership with the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, which provides for a limited number of Data Fellowships co-sponsored by the CDH and the Seeger Center.

Applications due March 1, 2022.

The CDH seeks Princeton scholars interested in learning the analytical and technological practices of working with humanities data for our 2022-23 Data Fellowship cohort. Fellows learn best practices in data selection, structuring, cleaning, transformation, and preservation, with the aim of producing a dataset suitable for computational analysis, open-access publication, and future use in research and in undergraduate or graduate courses. We seek applicants who are interested in participating in the CDH’s ongoing conversation about methodological, cultural, and ethical questions raised by producing and analyzing humanities data.

Fellows will be required to attend an orientation session and three quarterly data reviews with CDH staff and campus partners. While Fellows are primarily responsible for assembling and managing their own research teams, the CDH may assist in finding suitable graduate or undergraduate student research assistants and can provide guidance on project management. The Fellowship term runs from June 2022 to May 2023. Orientation will be in June. Data reviews will take place in September, January, and May.

Princeton faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from any discipline are eligible. Funds awarded to faculty and postdocs will be transferred to home departments for administration. Applicants must be formal Princeton University affiliates for the duration of the grant. Visiting scholars are not eligible. Fellowship funds may not be used for travel.

Faculty and postdocs: we are especially interested in projects that create data-driven course modules that can be integrated into undergraduate or graduate courses.

Grantees will be required to submit a final report at the conclusion of their award, along with a spending report. Unused research funds will be returned to the CDH at the conclusion of the grant period.

Examples of data projects that have received support in the past include the 2021–22 Data Fellows and 2020–21 Dataset Curation Grants.

Applicants who have received previous CDH awards are eligible to apply, but priority for funding may be given for new projects and first-time applicants.

The application should describe (in no more than 750 words):

  1. The material or collection to be used, and approximate scope (how many items). Indicate if the project requires digitization of Princeton University Library materials.
  2. The main research questions that motivate the choice of material or collection, and current ideas about future applications of the dataset.
  3. For faculty and postdocs: the way in which you might use your dataset in the future in an existing class or a new one.
  4. For graduate students: the way in which your dataset would contribute to your dissertation.
  5. Any copyright, privacy, intellectual property or other concerns that might prevent the publication of the data in an open access format.
  6. Funding request. Please indicate any other funding secured or requested for this project.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the CDH for consultations and dataset review before submission by using our consultation form. Requests for grant consultations must be submitted by Feb 21, 2022 to ensure that we can meet with you.

Application material should be sent as a single PDF file to by 11:59pm EST Tuesday March 1, 2022 with the subject line “Data Fellowship Application.” Applications will be reviewed by CDH’s Faculty Executive Committee, and notifications will be sent out by April 1, 2022.