Graduate Recruitment Fellowships

graduate recruitment fellowships

Graduate Recruitment Fellowships (GRFs) engage PhD and terminal MFA students with digital humanities opportunities early in their graduate careers. Coordinated with graduate admissions activities among participating departments, the fellowships will be offered during the students’ first two semesters on campus.

The Fellowships include two key components: 1) an opportunity to engage with hands-on activities in coordination with UNC digital humanities entities and 2) top-up funding to allow incoming students to focus on research and jump-start digital humanities projects.

The Fellowships will be offered through coordinated efforts involving four campus groups, The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative, The University LibrariesITS Research, and The Office of Arts and Sciences Information Services . Participating departments will identify promising candidates from among their pools of admitted graduate students; the CDHI will oversee the program and coordinate an Administrative Board and selection committee made up of faculty and representatives from campus digital humanities entities; participating digital humanities entities will provide a five hour per week hands-on experience for selected candidates during their first two semesters on campus. These partnered groups will share the cost of the GRF.


2016-2017 Fellows

Kimberly English

Kimberly English is a current MFA student, specializing in textiles. Check out English’s blog on her CDHI Graduate Recruitment Fellowship experience, An Exploration of Textiles in the Digital Age.


Barbara Sostaita 


Barbara Sostaita ( is a Ph.D. student in the Religious Studies department working within the “Religion in the Americas” track. For 2016-17, she is a Research Assistant at the Religious Studies Department, a CDHI Recruitment Fellow, and an Initiative for Minority Excellence Fellow.

Barbara holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts from Salem College. Barbara’s research focuses on migrant faith practices and communities and her fieldwork is based primarily in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands. She is also the co-founder of Not So Ivory Tower, a popular online blog by and for women of color in academia. Barbara has a weekly column at Feministing, where she writes about immigration, social movements, and Latinx feminisms. You can read her work here.


Melissa Dollman 


Melissa Dollman (msdollman@unc.eduis pursuing her Ph.D. in American Studies. For 2016-2017 she was a CDHI Recruitment Fellow embedded in Davis Library, a Graduate Fellow on the Community Histories Workshop team, and an Initiative for Minority Excellence Fellow.

Prior to UNC, she was a cataloguer, librarian, audiovisual archivist, consultant, intern, volunteer, adjunct faculty, exhibit developer, and researcher for a variety of commercial and public institutions (Pacific Film Archive, Women In Film Foundation, UCLA, Academy Film Archive, Discovery Communications, Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, Crawford Media Services, State Archives of North Carolina, and North Carolina State University).

Melissa’s scholarly projects include “Show Your Work” where she employs video annotation tools to facilitate documentation of archival labor and citation of audiovisual primary materials in documentary works; and her dissertation topic explores distant and close analysis of a mid-20th century semi-fictional women’s travel director for Shell Oil.