Summer 2021

Deadline to apply: February 1, 2021

The Digital Scholarship Lab 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 graduate students 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 graduate student artists, whether in the physical space or through virtual connections and conversations.

The Fellow will receive a $5000 summer graduate fellowship funding award from the College of Arts and Letters.

Note: This fellowship is open to any graduate student in the College of Arts and Letters

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 (see list)
  • 360 cameras
  • Whiteboards and digital whiteboards
  • Website hosting space and support

Any graduate student artist 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.

Applicants should include a 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.

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The project is reasonable / possible in the timeframe provided
  • The project is a creative / exciting endeavor of artistic or scholarly worth
  • The project is helped by having access to these specific resources
  • The artist is committed to contributing to the lab

The fellowship will take place throughout the summer. The Fellow will have full access to the DSL during that period, including office space, technology, and consulting support from librarians and library staff. Access to the technologies will be made available by appointment, via checkout, and/or remotely, to accommodate the uncertainty related to COVID-related restrictions.

During the summer, the Fellow will conduct a workshop or workshop series open to the community, offered either in person or virtually. The Fellowship will culminate in a public showing in the Digital Scholarship Lab of the artistic work at the end of the summer, if permitted under COVID-related restrictions. This public showing will include an open house and artist’s talk. The Fellow may also have the opportunity to deposit a copy of the artwork in the MSU Libraries’ collection. 


Applications are due by February 1, 2021. Applications will be reviewed by the DSL Faculty Advisory Board and Fellowship Committee. Notifications will go out by the end of February.