USC Libraries are a partner in the grant.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded USC a $1.9 million grant to support a program of graduate and postdoctoral training in the digital humanities.
The university can call upon unique strengths, such as the USC Digital Repository, which includes more than 52,000 digitized, indexed and fully searchable testimonials from the USC Shoah Foundation in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and the expertise and equipment of the nation’s top cinema school, particularly its Media Arts + Practice doctoral program.
In an arrangement intended to promote the spread of digital scholarship, all researchers supported by the Mellon grant will agree to make their digital sources available to the scholarly community through the Digital Repository.
The five-year grant will support four postdoctoral researchers and 10 PhD students on two-year fellowships, with another four postdocs to be funded by the university.
The grant includes funds for digitization and storage of research materials, best practices workshops, undergraduate summer fellowships and coursework toward a digital humanities certificate through the Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML) at the School of Cinematic Arts.
Digital humanities research and education at USC are part of a unversity-wide initiative of $1 billion over 10 years toward gathering, interpreting and applying digital data on a massive scale.
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