This fellowship opportunity for 2020 has been canceled due to the challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Fellowship will resume in 2021.

The Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) at MSU Libraries is a place for collaboration where technology is used to enhance and challenge how we do our work and how we share it. We are excited about how the space and technology can be used for creating new work and invite community members to experiment and develop new works of art. The DSL is a space with technology, but it is at its core a nexus of expertise, with librarians and library staff available to assist and collaborate with community artists.

This Fellowship comes with a $1000 award from MSU Libraries and culminates in a public showing of the artistic work to coincide with the East Lansing Art Festival in May.

Any artist/collective interested in working in this space is welcome to apply, such as visual artists, musicians, multimedia artists, data designers, creative coders, AR explorers, game designers, storytellers, and researchers.

Note that housing and travel costs are not included as part of the fellowship award. Residents of the Lansing metropolitan area are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should include a description/proposal (max 500 words; may include images and other media) that describes the artwork on which they plan to work during the fellowship period. The proposal should also articulate how the space and/or technology of the DSL will be used in the production and/or display of the artwork.

The fellowship takes place over the course of 2-4 weeks in April-May 2021. The Fellow(s) will have full access to the DSL during that period, including office space, technology, and consulting support from librarians and library staff. The Fellowship will culminate in a public showing of the artistic work to coincide with the East Lansing Art Festival. This public showing will include an open house and artist’s talk. At the end of the fellowship the Fellow(s) may have the opportunity to deposit a copy of the artwork in the MSU Libraries’ collection if they are interested. The Fellow(s) will be awarded one $1000 prize for their work.

We have at your disposal:

  • 360 Visualization room (includes video/still/sound/CAD etc rendering)
  • VR equipment (Oculus, HTC Vive, Google Cardboards, computers with graphics/processing to create VR/AR experiences)
  • 3D printers (PLA, ABS, and resin printers available)
  • Soldering station
  • Sewing machine
  • Laser cutter
  • Vinyl cutter
  • Computer stations with high processing power and specialized software
  • 360 cameras
  • Whiteboards and digital whiteboards

Application information will be forthcoming in early 2021. Applications will be reviewed by the DSL Faculty Advisory Board and Fellowship Committee.