Digital Scholar Fellowship

The Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education (CFMDE) announces a call for applications for a part-time Digital Scholar Teaching Fellowship. During the 2023-2024 academic year, the CFMDE is interested in hosting scholars with refugee or displaced backgrounds to participate in a virtual “residency” program. Digital Scholars will have the opportunity to give a series of guest lectures (4-6 lectures) in Vassar’s dynamic liberal arts classes. Scholars will be supported by a stipend which will be prorated per class engagement.

Through this initiative, Vassar seeks to increase access to knowledges that prompt our students to put their commitments and struggles in a more global context. We seek to learn from scholars with a wide range of backgrounds and areas of expertise. We understand scholarship broadly and  welcome traditional academics as well as artists, scholar-practitioners and scholar-activists. A terminal degree is not required, nor is prior teaching experience. We seek applicants with expertise in areas across the humanities and social sciences, as well as foreign languages. Specific areas of interest include (but are certainly not limited to) translation, Latin American studies, and religion and gender. Scholars in all humanities and social science fields are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities for the Digital Scholars Teaching Fellowship include preparing lectures and discussion sessions for undergraduate students, suggesting readings and providing in-class materials, as well as meeting with students and faculty. Classes typically take place between 10am and 4pm, Eastern time zone. Vassar faculty will provide mentorship and an introduction to the U.S. liberal arts college environment. Digital Scholars Teaching Fellows must have reliable internet access. 

Applicants should submit a resumé or curriculum vitae and short letter of interest to CFMDE staff will conduct brief interviews via Zoom. The application deadline is August 1, 2023. 

In the summer following the teaching engagement, scholars will also have the opportunity to apply for an extension of this program, the Digital Scholars Research Fellowship. This collaborative mentored research program pairs scholars with a Vassar student research fellow for six weeks over the summer. Students will aid scholars in their research as they work towards progress on an academic publication or creative project. Scholars will mentor students in their area of study and research methods. Summer research fellows will be supported by a stipend.