CHI Grad Fellowship

The Cultural Heritage Informatics Fellowship Program offer MSU graduate students the skills to creatively and thoughtfully apply digital methods and computational approaches to cultural heritage collections, materials, data, questions, and challenges.  

While much of the fellowship involves workshops, collaborative development work, and technical experimentation, the overall organizational focus of the fellowship is the development (either individually or collaboratively) of a significant and innovative digital cultural heritage project. Projects might include (but are certainly not limited to) a mobile application, a digital exhibit, a digital archive, or a collaborative digital publication. The project must also have a significant public component.

To support their work, fellows will receive a stipend of $2000 per semester. In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to receive an additional $1000 to expand their project during the summer. Fellows are expected to engage with the broader digital cultural heritage community at workshops, meetings, or conferences. In order to support this, fellows can receive an additional $1000 in travel funds. While applicants may have previous technical experience, such experience is not required to apply.

Responsibilities (2021-2022 Fellowship)

The Cultural Heritage Informatics Grad Fellowship carries the following obligations:

  • All CHI Grad Fellows must attend the weekly meeting on Fridays from 1:30-3pm in LEADR (Old Hort 112) .
  • All CHI Grad Fellows must be in-residence at LEADR for 9-3 each week on Fridays (part of this time will be dedicated to the fellowship program’s weekly group meeting, while the rest of the time will be dedicated to collaborative/communal work between all of the fellows).
  • All CHI Grad Fellows must complete a series of prerequisites (technical tutorials, readings, and exercises) before the beginning of the fellowship in the fall. Failure to complete these prerequisites by 8/25 will result in the fellowship being revoked
  • All CHI Grad Fellows must write at least 1 substantive blog post per month on the CHI Website
  • All CHI Grad Fellows must submit a project proposal no later than 12/17/2021
  • All CHI Grad Fellows much complete and launch their project by no later than 5/6/2022
  • All CHI Grad Fellows must submit all final reporting materials by 5/9/2022

Those students who are not able to meet these obligations should not apply.


 In order to be eligible to apply for a Cultural Heritage Informatics Graduate Fellowship, applicants:

  • must be enrolled and be in good academic standing in a graduate program at Michigan State University (either at the Masters or Doctoral level). A primary focus of the graduate program must be cultural heritage (broadly defined).
  • must be enrolled (and remain enrolled) full-time in the year for which they are applying.

Awards will be made to individuals who demonstrate academic achievement, are committed to a career that embraces the application of digital methods and computational approaches, and show potential to make meaningful contributions in the domain of digital cultural heritage.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit the following materials in order to be considered:

  • A cover letter expressing their interest and introducing their motivations for applying.

  • A current copy of their CV 
  • A brief statement (3 pages maximum) discussing the applicantʼs professional and scholarly goals, their interests in the application of digital methods in cultural heritage (broadly or specifically), and how the fellowship program will contribute to their professional & scholarly development.
  • An unofficial copy of current transcripts 
  • A completed application form 

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered

Application packages must be submitted electronically in PDF form to:

Ethan Watrall
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Director, Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative

Any questions can be directed to Ethan Watrall (

2021-2022 Application Deadline

Completed application package for 2020-2021 must be received by 5pm (EST) on June 1, 2021.