The University of Southern California has announced a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of graduate- and postdoctoral-level training in the digital humanities.
The grant will support two-year fellowships for four postdoctoral researchers and ten Ph.D. students, and provide funds for the 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 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The university, which has committed $1 billion over ten years in support of digital knowledge and informatics, will fund four additional fellowships. All researchers supported by the Mellon grant will have to agree to make their digital sources available through the USC Digital Repository, which includes more than fifty-two thousand digitized, indexed, and fully searchable testimonials from the USC Shoah Foundation.
"Our century is dominated by the quantity and influence of information and data. USC is already a world leader in digital media and informatics," said Elizabeth Garrett, university provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. "This prestigious award will help to enhance our teaching and scholarship through new ways to explore and communicate."