Library & Information Technology invites rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to apply for a competitive fellowship to develop an independent digital scholarship project. See the DSSRF 2024 Call for Participation.

This program is open to students from all divisions across the three colleges at the University. Broadly defined, digital scholarship entails research that is made possible by digital technologies, or that takes advantage of technology to ask and answer questions in new ways.  

As a fellow, you will learn to use digital tools and methodologies, and apply them to a digital research project of your design. Library & Information Technology staff will mentor you through the process of identifying a research question, understanding research methodologies, and discovering resources, such as locally housed library and archival collections, that will support your project. You will be creating a dynamic digital resource rather than a static website. We are particularly interested in projects that engage with the Bucknell or local community. You will work independently and collectively with a small cohort of your peers to understand and participate in a community of practice.


By participating in the Bucknell Digital Scholarship Summer Research program, fellows will be able to:

  • Value the process of creating a digital project (not just the final project, but the steps undertaken to produce a project).
  • Understand the research process and apply research skills to undertake an academic, public-facing digital scholarship project.
  • Write for a public audience on the web.
  • Critically evaluate digital projects for methodology, integration and choice of digital tools, scholarship and design.
  • Contribute documentation of any processes, procedures, tools, and code to benefit the larger digital scholarship community.
  • Participate and engage in the digital scholarship community of practice.

Learn more about our previous cohorts:

DSSRF 2024

DSSRF 2023

DSSRF 2019

DSSRF 2018

DSSRF 2017

Our interest in developing this program takes its roots from a presentation we attended at the 2016 Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference. In the panel presentation “Defining Student Success through Digital Scholarship Initiatives,” students and librarians from Gettysburg College and Lafayette College presented on their librarian-led, student-centered digital scholarship research programs. We thank R.C. Miessler at Gettysburg and Sarah Morris (formerly) at Lafayette for sharing ideas and insights as we planned our program.

The header image was generated with Wordle (opens in a new tab)” and is based on the text of the DSSRF17 and DSSRF19 cohort-authored digital scholarship / digital humanities manifestos.

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