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Judith B. Kerman Graduate Fellow in Technology and the Humanities

Application Deadline: March 15, 2023, 11:59 pm

PhD Research Support

The Judith B. Kerman Graduate Fellowship has been established to explore the influence of technological change on the ways humans live and think. The Humanities Institute will award one $6,000 fellowship to a graduate student engaged in humanities-based research that examines the impact of new technologies in different societies and historical periods including our own. While digital humanities projects are eligible, projects related to all eras and technologies are encouraged. The Fellow will join the HI Advanced PhD Fellows to meet in monthly works-in-progress seminars to gain interdisciplinary perspectives on their research.

How to Apply

Applications, which are due Wednesday, March 15, 2023, must be submitted via a web form. Click here to submit your application.

Submission Requirements:

  • Notify your department’s Director of Graduate Studies of your intent to apply.
  • Applicants will need to submit the following via the online application form.
    • 200-word project abstract;
    • four-page double-spaced application statement, including: description of the project, its applicability to a
      humanities-based examination of technology on culture/society, and research/project timeline for the fellowship year;
    • CV of no more than two pages
    • Letter of support from a faculty mentor familiar with the project should be submitted by your faculty mentor via email to

About Judith B. Kerman

A poet, publisher, musician, and artist, Judith Kerman earned her Ph.D in English from the University at Buffalo and is Professor of English Emerita at Saginaw Valley State University.

Professor Kerman has published nine books or chapbooks of poetry, most recently Definitions (Fomite Press, 2021), and and has edited two scholarly anthologies on science fiction film and television. To explore more of her work across various media, visit:

Established in 2021, the Judith B. Kerman Fellow in Technology and the Humanities fund supported the Spring 2022 Humanities to the Rescue Showcase: Life (in the Age of Artificial Intelligence). The inaugural recipient of the fellowship for the 2022-23 academic year is Jasmina Tacheva (Comparative Literature) for her project, “Discomputation: Towards a Theory and Praxis of Data-Tech Liberation.”

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