Digital Humanities Travel Quarters

Eligible PhD students may apply for up to four quarters of Graduate Assistantship to provide support while absent from the Chicago area in order to pursue unique training opportunities related to the digital humanities. The purpose is to encourage students to undertake one or more quarters of residency where they can:

  • Take course work supportive of digital humanities research.
  • Work with a potential or confirmed co-advisor or committee member with appropriate expertise who is based at another institution.
  • Get targeted training and/or expertise with crucial skills, software and/or methodologies wherever and however it makes sense for their research.
  • Utilize the CIC networks, especially CIC Travelling Scholars programming.

Recipients of grants are determined by a committee. Decisions are based on the committee’s evaluations and the availability of funds. The Travel Quarter award may be used in combination with the Digital Humanities Research Grant.


The third week of each fall, winter, and spring quarter: 

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016 (for awards beginning Winter 2017)
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017(for awards beginning Spring 2017)
  • Monday, April 10, 2017 (for awards beginning in Fall 2017)


  • Humanities PhD students in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication and Bienen School of Music programs who will be in Year 2, 3, 4 or 5 of PhD study during the award year.
    • Students may utilize grant funds only while students in The Graduate School at Northwestern.  Should students graduate or otherwise depart the University prior to travel and/or expenditure of funds, funds must be returned to The Graduate School.
  • Feasibility of the project goals and Northwestern’s ability to supply necessary technical knowledge, facilities and support pre- and post-award supported training are crucial considerations. Applicants are urged to consult the Digial Humanities Library Guide or Multi-Media Learning Center for advice.

Application Instructions

The materials described below must be collected into a single pdf file and submitted by the person designated to be the TGS nominator for the department/program. Applications should be submitted via email to Kate Veraldi.

1. Cover sheet 

List the following information:

  • Student Name
  • Student (EMPL) ID number
  • Program of study
  • NU Email address
  • Research/project title or topic
  • Proposed training location/name of training opportunity
  • Advisor name
  • Admit term and year

2. Description of the research project and related training opportunity

Not to exceed three double spaced pages. It should include:

  • An overview of the dissertation research project.
  • A description of the digital technology that is necessary for the project.
  • A description of the proposed training opportunity and how it will result in the necessary proficiency in the digital technology.
  • A statement about Northwestern’s ability to supply the necessary technical knowledge, facilities and/or support in order to make the project feasible.
  • Endnotes, references, or pictures do not count toward the page limit, but may not exceed two additional pages.

3. Curriculum vitae (in the format specified in the template)

4. Unofficial Northwestern transcript

5. Statement from the student’s department chair or Director of Graduate Studies

Stipulating willingness to release the student from Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant duties in Evanston during the period of the proposed quarters is required.

6. A letter of recommendation

A letter of recommendation from a Northwestern-based research advisor (a member of TGS’s graduate faculty) that addresses:

  • The quality of the research project.
  • The relevance of the proposal to the applicant’s research project or trajectory.
  • The skills needed for research and how this training will be instrumental and well timed.
  • An account of how Northwestern’s digital humanities infrastructure is equipped to assist in the run-up to and/or aftermath of this training (to ensure the project’s continuing viability). Consultation with the staff of the Center for Scholarly Communication and Digital Curation or Multi-Media Learning Center is encouraged.


Email Kate Veraldi for more information.