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AHRC-Smithsonian Fellowships in Digital Scholarship

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The Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom and the Smithsonian Institution in the United States are delighted to announce that they are supporting a new joint fellowship programme in digital scholarship. This builds on a successful history of collaboration between the two organisations.


Through enhanced collaboration between world-leading institutions in the UK and US, the fellowships will seek to:

  • build capacity through the innovative application of digital methods and technologies to research in museums and cultural/heritage institutions
  • drive new, cross-disciplinary approaches and accelerate thinking about the potential for digital scholarship in such institutions
  • facilitate pilot projects in areas of mutual interest
  • pioneer new approaches to audience engagement and experience
  • support dialogue and outreach about the value and impact of digitisation and digital collections

About the Fellowships

The fellowships will be research-based and enable eligible scholars from UK institutions to undertake research at the Smithsonian, and for eligible scholars from US institutions to undertake research at leading museums and cultural/heritage institutions in the UK. 

The fellowships will be held for a one-year period, including a 3-6 month funded placement, and should form part of a wider research project. It is anticipated that around five fellowships will be available in each ‘direction’.


Closing Dates

Closing Date: 16/08/2018


Call status Date
Call opens 9 May 2018
Application form available in Je-S 8 June 2018
Call closes 16 August 2018, 16.00
Assessment early September 2018
Panel meeting mid September 2018
Notification October 2018
Fellowship start no later than 1 February 2019

How to make an application

Application downloads

Download - Fellowships in Digital Scholarship - Call Document V3 (442KB)

Download - Fellowships in Digital Scholarship - Application Guidance V2 (496KB)

Further Information

For more information about the Smithsonian Institution please visit their website at:

Header image copyright: Karl-Ludwig Poggemann on Flickr by CC2.0.


  • For all queries regarding setting up a Je-S account, please contact
  • For all queries regarding the completion of applications, attachments and eligibility, please contact or you can call Harry Kerr on +44 (0)1793 416051 or Thomas Booker on +44 (0)1793 416046.
  • For queries relating to the Smithsonian, including contacts in particular units or relating to potential fellowship applications under this call, please email
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