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

Domenico Fiormonte domenico.fiormonte at gmail.com
Sun Feb 3 16:30:16 MST 2013

Hi Dan,

I did not mean that 500$ is unreasonably low, but in my experience
higher prizes encourage strongly motivated people (and more engaging
research) to surface and apply. For example, here in Rome (or Milan)
400-500 euros is the average cost of a student room nearby the
university, and usually students work hard for four or five weeks to
earn that sum. I'd say that across continental Europe (Madrid, Paris,
Berlin) there would be not a great difference in terms of lodging
expenses. So if we assume one of these students as a potential target,
150$ would make the difference... and attract more applicants!

But of course this is *my* experience, and others may have a
completely different opinion/experience!


(very happy with 500$ anyway)

2013/2/4 Daniel O'Donnell <daniel.odonnell a uleth.ca>:
> 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 $500
> is unreasonably low, then it is unreasonably low.
> One thing I certainly had a hard time trying to express was the target
> audience for the competition. In Canadian, U.S., and to a certain extent
> British contexts, the usual way of describing this target group would be
> students, post-docs, junior scholars, independent scholars, and/or the
> under-employed. But in other contexts, the research community is quite
> different and includes, for example, activitists, writers, publishers
> perhaps and other categories.
> If it is reasonable to want to focus these awards on junior colleagues and
> students, then I'd really appreciate hearing ways of describing the target
> audience in ways that respect the different ways we organise ourselves in
> different regions and countries.
> -dan
> On 13-02-03 03:44 PM, Domenico Fiormonte wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I think that the idea of the bursaries is great -- we really need to
>> encourage young researchers to investigate this topic and tell us how
>> they see the "global" future of DH.
>> Personally I'd prefer to have less prizes with a little more money
>> (how about 3 projects / 650$?)
>> 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 a 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
> Canada
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