The Michael Ridley Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities, 2019 - 2021 | College of Arts

The Michael Ridley Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities, 2019 - 2021

Michael Ridley Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital HumanitiesThis is a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, named in honour of the former chief librarian and chief information officer of the University of Guelph, Michael Ridley, who did much to promote the digital humanities at the University of Guelph. As co-sponsors of this Fellowship, the College of Arts and the University Library seek a recent PhD with an established digital humanities teaching and research agenda. This fellowship will be awarded for the period September 2019 – August 2021. It is valued at $56,000 per year (inclusive of sessional teaching) with a yearly research allowance of $10,000. Postdoctoral fellows will also receive office space, access to the services of the host institution, and administrative and research assistance as needed.

The successful applicant is expected to pursue the research project submitted in their application, and to help promote the digital humanities at Guelph. Specifically, their duties will include 1) conducting original research; 2) contributing to building the digital humanities community at Guelph by helping organize events such as the DH@Guelph Speakers’ Series and the IF.. Series; 3) acting as a consultant for University faculty and graduate students interested in developing expertise in the digital humanities; 4) providing mentorship and guidance to junior scholars; 5) engaging with staff in relation to the application of digital technologies in Library initiatives; 6) teaching two courses in the digital humanities per year in the College of Arts.

Application Criteria

The successful applicant will have demonstrated experience and expertise in humanities computing (broadly understood), and will have completed a PhD in the humanities or information science within the last five years. The successful candidate will be cross-appointed between the College of Arts and the unit that best reflects their discipline.

Applicants must have a PhD in hand at the time of application. They must submit ALL of the following by the postmark deadline (July 31st, 2019 -- EXTENDED! New Deadline: August 14th, 2019.):

  • an application letter (1,500 words or less) outlining the candidate’s experience in digital humanities and/or library and information science and the research project they propose to undertake while at Guelph;
  • a current CV;
  • a graduate transcript;
  • two confidential letters of recommendation sent directly to us before the deadline;
  • a sample course outline.

Electronic applications are welcome, provided that original hard copies of the transcripts and reference letters are submitted by mail by the postmark deadline. Applications should be sent to: 

Dr. Kim Martin
College of Arts
MacKinnon 1003
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1

Inquiries and e-applications should be directed to:

Criteria for selection are the quality and originality of the proposed research and its relevance to the digital humanities/information science, the candidate’s fit with the mandate to promote the digital humanities at Guelph, and the candidate’s record of scholarly achievement. Expertise in Gender and Sexuality Studies is an asset. The selection committee will include representatives from the College of Arts and the University of Guelph Library.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution. For more information, the Office of Diversity and Human Rights (DHR) is a welcoming, safe and confidential one-stop shop for information, training and support on issues relating to diversity and human rights on our campus.