[globaloutlookDH-l] Research bursaries: a request for some advice

Daniel O'Donnell daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Sun Feb 3 16:02:47 MST 2013

Hi Domenico!

I think this is a great suggestion. And of course why I sent the 
proposal to the list for comment. I hadn't mentioned anything about 
language and I was assuming, once we had good language, that we would 
translate it for distribution. I'd also like the submissions to be 
adjudicated and ranked by a panel; I figured we could ensure diversity 
of experience and language there too.

In terms of amount of money, I confess I'm a little surprised: my 
impression from our graduate students is that a $500 prize for approx. 
20 page paper would be considered pretty good. Certainly most scholarly 
prizes are less generous.

But, the reason I threw this out was to get this kind of feedback. If 
$500 is unreasonably low, then it is unreasonably low.

One thing I certainly had a hard time trying to express was the target 
audience for the competition. In Canadian, U.S., and to a certain extent 
British contexts, the usual way of describing this target group would be 
students, post-docs, junior scholars, independent scholars, and/or the 
under-employed. But in other contexts, the research community is quite 
different and includes, for example, activitists, writers, publishers 
perhaps and other categories.

If it is reasonable to want to focus these awards on junior colleagues 
and students, then I'd really appreciate hearing ways of describing the 
target audience in ways that respect the different ways we organise 
ourselves in different regions and countries.


On 13-02-03 03:44 PM, Domenico Fiormonte wrote:
> Dear all,
> I think that the idea of the bursaries is great -- we really need to
> encourage young researchers to investigate this topic and tell us how
> they see the "global" future of DH.
> Personally I'd prefer to have less prizes with a little more money
> (how about 3 projects / 650$?)
> My main concern, as others I guess, is once again LANGUAGE.
> If we want to encourage students from non-English speaking countries
> to submit their projects we have at least to offer the possibility to
> submit in two languages -- English and another. (We might require the
> knowledge of more than two languages anyway.)
> Such a requirement (abstract at least in 2 languages) would be also
> useful for testing and evaluating their potential as contributor to a
> genuine multilingual and multicultural dialogue.
> What do you think?
> Buonanotte...
> Domenico
> 2013/2/3 Daniel O'Donnell <daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca>:
>> Hi all,
>> As I noted a couple of days ago, the University of Lethbridge has given me
>> $5,000 to use for Global Outlook DH. The money is budgeted primarily to fund
>> research projects (under the terms of the grant, these research projects
>> must assist me in my research, but since GlobalOutlookDH is one of my
>> research projects, this requirement is easily satisfied).
>> When we were setting GO::DH up, we though that the best use of the money
>> might be to set up a competition for students and perhaps post-docs and
>> junior faculty to propose research topics that they would investigate
>> concerning global access to and participation in the Digital Humanities. We
>> would then commission the best proposals and pay a consultant's fee upon
>> submission of the completed report (again a requirement of the grant).
>> I'd like to start this programme up. But as always, I think it is worthwhile
>> consulting with this group first as to the viability of this plan and for
>> advice on both the size of the awards and the parameters of the competition.
>> I was thinking that a prize of $500 per successfully completed project would
>> be a reasonable amount for each prize. Because I want to keep some money
>> back to assist the web-team in case they need design assistance or similar,
>> I would at this amount be able to offer 8 prizes. What do others think?
>> In terms of the parameters of the competition, I was thinking of something
>> like the following in terms of language:
>> "Call for proposals: GO::DH is soliciting proposals for research on topics
>> involving global access to and use of technology in the arts, humanities,
>> and Cultural Heritage sectors.
>> Possible topics might include: the use of technology in a single project,
>> institution, region, country, or economic region; comparative studies of the
>> use of technology in such contexts in different regions and/or types of
>> economy; barriers to or opportunities for inter-regional collaboration and
>> cooperation; and infrastructure issues. Other topics focussing on the
>> interests of Global Outlook DH are equally welcome.
>> The form the research may take is also open: theoretical or historical
>> analysis, case study, policy proposals, are all also possible forms and
>> formal experimentation is welcomed.
>> A maximum of 4 projects will be commissioned in Spring 2013 (a second
>> competition planned for Fall 2013). To apply, submit a CV and 200 word
>> abstract explaining the proposed topic and format by XXX to YYY. Preference
>> in the competition will be given to students, post-doctoral fellows, junior
>> faculty members at institutions of higher learning, and scholars and
>> researchers not associated with universities."
>> I'm sure this needs a lot of work. But what to people think about the broad
>> outline? Any suggestions?
>> --
>> Daniel Paul O'Donnell
>> Professor of English
>> University of Lethbridge
>> Lethbridge AB T1K 3M4
>> Canada
>> +1 403 393-2539
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Daniel Paul O'Donnell
Professor of English
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge AB T1K 3M4

+1 403 393-2539

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