SMU Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Digital Humanities

The Center for Presidential History (CPH) at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities, to begin in 2019. Applicants from all historical fields are welcome, with preference given to American history. Particular attention will be given to applicants who have demonstrated experience with web-based digital humanities development (for instance, Omeka, Java, HTML, or D3), as well as oral and/or public history. The CPH will accept applications from those who have completed their Ph.D., and from doctoral candidates who can demonstrate they are in their final year of their program. 

The successful candidate will spend their fellowship developing their own work, and collaborating with the CPH to develop and design the web-based presentation of the Collective Memory Project, a filmed oral history of the life and times of the George W. Bush Presidency. This ongoing project is based on more than one hundred oral history interviews conducted thus far.


The CPH supports all fellows in their own research and publishing agenda, and expects fellows to participate in the general life of the CPH, including its ongoing public engagement. Fellows receive a competitive salary and benefits, funds to support research and travel, and are initially appointed for one year with expectation of renewal for a second year. Fellow must be in residence at SMU during the term of the fellowship. While in residence, the fellow will have opportunity to engage with a growing body of SMU scholars and programs dedicated to exploring the digital humanities, including those in the Dedman College of Arts and Sciences, the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, SMU Libraries, Center for Creative Computing, Norwick Center for Digital Solutions, and the Clements Department of History.

For full consideration, applicants must submit the following: CV, letter of interest outlining applicant's digital humanities experience and research agenda, and three letters of reference. In their letter, applicant should describe in detail the technical skills they have developed (examples: web design, data analysis, text mining, programming languages, visualization), and a project they might create, including what forms it might take (examples: text analysis, social network analysis, timelines, story-mapping). All documents should be submitted through the website of SMU’s Department of Human Resources at click on "Staff Career Opportunities" and apply.

If the writers of the applicants’ recommendation letters prefer, they may email letters directly to the Center for Presidential History at 

Full review of applications will begin on December 03, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. The search committee will interview finalists via video conference. 

Application date
31 Jan 2019
Date of residence
1 Sep 2019
2 years
America United States South West
Humanities Digital Humanities
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years