Each summer, Beth Mardutho offers several Fellowships in the Digital Humanities. These provide opportunities for select graduate students, early career scholars, and, on occasion, advanced undergraduates to work on Syriac Digital Humanities projects under the guidance of lead scholars and researchers. Fellowships are designed for full-time (40 hours/week) research over a 12-week summer. Thus, fellows are expected to reduce outside work, research, and responsibilities for the duration of their fellowship. Fellows may arrange their start and end dates as convenient and may work remotely, but must commit to three months’ work on their fellowship project(s).
Fellowships are not an employment opportunity, but are designed primarily for learning new skills in the Digital Humanities through working on DH projects. In past years, fellows have developed Syriac OCR models for manuscripts (Qoruyo); created Simtho, a philologically-based online corpus of Syriac texts; TEI/XML-encoded issues of Hugoye; worked on the eBethArké online library; compiled data for part-of-speech tagging; and tagged lexical data for SEDRA, our online searchable lexicons, among other projects. Several fellows have published articles on their findings.
Each fellowship has different compensation terms. Most include a stipend for travel or housing, free admission to Beth Mardutho’s Syriac II summer course, and a book grant from Gorgias Press. Applicants must have had at least one year of university-level Syriac and be enrolled in or recently graduated from a graduate program. Non-academic candidates from within the Syriac heritage tradition who know Classical Syriac are also encouraged to apply.