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THINC Lab is a space that supports collaborative, interdisciplinary, and digital humanities research at the University of Guelph. 

THINC Lab is located on the 2nd floor of the McLaughlin Library and provides workstations and seats for about twenty people, several computer stations, several large monitors for projecting from laptops, and a touch table. It provides a home for research, training, collaboration, for the DH@Guelph DigiCafé, DigiDo, DigiReads series, and other related events.


The space was created and runs with the support of the College of Arts, the McLaughlin Library and Office of the CIO, and the Office of Research at the University of Guelph, with external funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Canada Research Chairs Program.


THINC Lab Calendar

Stay up to date on what's happening at THINC Lab, and plan ahead to attend an event! Members, use this calendar to see what's on at THINC Lab before heading over.


THINC Lab Memberships


Members are able to work in the lab when it is not booked for events. Typically, mornings are for quiet worktime, and afternoons and evenings for research and quiet collaboration. A small office, the THINC Pod, can be booked for teleconferencing or small meetings, and there is a small collaboration space in one corner of the lab for quiet consultations in the afternoons and evenings.


Apply for membership here.


THINC Lab Fellowships

Fellowships at THINC Lab are intended to support graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and new scholars at Guelph making substantial use of digital methods to do humanities or interdisciplinary research. We invite graduate students from all disciplines to join the community at THINC Lab, share our space in the McLaughlin Library, learn from our many workshops and talks, and give back to the community by sharing your own ideas and expertise.


The duration of fellowships is one year. We anticipate offering up to 6 fellowships in 2017. Previous recipients may reapply.


The following will be provided:

  • Bookable desk space (with regular time allocations) and a locker in THINC Lab

  • Key card access to THINC Lab for access 9am-12 midnight

  • Consultations with THINC Lab staff on your digital work

  • Up to $1000 travel stipend to support your research

  • Opportunity to contribute to the planning and organization of THINC Lab events

  • Support from the College of Arts for attendance at DHSI and/or the DH@Guelph Summer Workshops (DH@Guelph Summer Workshops available for spring 2017; support for DHSI available for 2017-18)


In return, we ask that you:

  • Work on your own research in person at THINC Lab for 8 hours a week, in bookable space, during the fall and winter semesters

  • Attend THINC Lab fellowship meetings (one per semester)

  • Showcase your digital project in a work in progress talk and/or at an end of the year event

  • Produce at least one blog post on your work for the THINC Lab website

  • Mention the support that THINC Lab has provided in any presentation or publications

  • Attend some THINC Lab events


In order to apply for the Graduate Fellowship program, please fill out the following form no later than Feb 20th, 2017. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your research with us, please email and include the words “THINC Lab Fellowship Program” in the subject line.



THINC Lab Faculty Seed Grants

THINC Lab, the College of Arts, and the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship are combining to help get digital projects at Guelph off the ground. This fund supports early or small-scale projects to help get a first phase or proof-of-concept together that will help gain interest, collaborators, or funding to get it to the next stage. This grant can be combined with a College of Arts Seed grant provided that it will lead to a funding application within the following cycle. Projects that are aligned with other THINC Lab projects or Library expertise will be given priority.


These grants are intended for faculty who are looking to start a digital humanities or interdisciplinary research project. Tenure-track, contractually-limited, and sessional faculty, as well as postdoctoral fellows undertaking substantial digital projects are eligible to apply.


The seed grants are intended for scholars new to digital work to acquire the training and expertise needed to fully think through and design a digital research project. The goal of these grants is to support work that leads to a larger grant application. The duration of a seed grant is up to one year, with intensive work over the spring and summer. THINC Lab cannot provide hosting or maintenance funds for projects.


One or two grants will be awarded per year. They are not renewable.


Applicants may apply for the following resources:

  • Up to $5000 stipend for training, development, technical work, research assistance, or research activities that will contribute directly to the digital component of the project. A modest portion of these funds can be for travel, software, or equipment (up to $1000).

  • Consultation time with THINC Lab staff (minimum 1 meeting per term) for project planning, consultation on tools and platforms, training, technical advice, grant proposal development, or dissemination

  • Priority access to space for you and your research team to work in THINC Lab

  • A summer URA (available from 2018 onwards)

  • Training for the summer RA or another research assistant, at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and/or the DH@Guelph summer workshops.


As a condition of this funding, we ask that you:

  • Work with us towards an MOU to ensure a clear understanding on both sides of deliverables and responsibilities

  • Report regularly to THINC Lab on your project’s progress, and provide a project description for the THINC Lab website

  • Present on the work you are doing in the lab, either in a short paper or hands-on demonstration (at least once, more if desired)

  • Credit the support from THINC Lab in presentation and publications

  • Write a blog post describing the work for the DH@Guelph website

  • Provide a final report at the end of the year on activities and progress made.


In order to apply for this funding, please fill out the following form no later than Feb 20th, 2017.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your idea with us, please email and include the words “SEED GRANT” in the subject line.


THINC Lab is available to be booked for events supporting interdisciplinary, collaborative, and digital humanities research at Guelph. Please contact us at