Call for Student Proposals – Summer Digital Research Projects

Call for Student Proposals – Summer Digital Research Projects

 The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities invites applications from 1) Princeton University students interested in participating in faculty-student collaborative projects, and 2) proposals for independent summer research.

Faculty/Student Research Projects

The Princeton-Mellon Initiative is seeking applications from students who would like to be matched with faculty to work on digital research search projects during summer 2020.

If you are interested in a summer research opportunity, please submit a one-page resume and short description of the type of research you are interested in doing and the skills and experiences that qualify you for this work. You do not need to identify a specific faculty member or research project. We will match students and faculty at a later date.

Projects will involve up to 50 hours of student work for a maximum of $1,000 per student. The funds will be distributed through the student employment system, and are not intended for travel or other expenses.

Independent Research

We invite proposals from students who wish to undertake independent digital research during summer 2020. This could include examinations of digital archives, work with online data sets, the creation of maps, the development of renderings and/or visualizations, interviews conducted by Zoom or other university-supported platforms, and other initiatives not listed here. We are interested in projects that relate to research themes elaborated in the Princeton Mellon Initiative, including cities and urbanism (and any other constructs of place/space/geography/region), the built and natural environments, architecture and design, and broader thematics such as visual and material culture, gender, race and ethnicity, and infrastructure. For more information, visit the Initiative website:

These projects can be part of junior paper, senior thesis, or dissertation research, but can also be part of independent research initiatives.

Each project can involve up to 50 hours of student work for a maximum of $1,000 per student. We can, of course, support smaller projects requiring fewer hours.

To apply, please submit a two-page outline of the research subject, an explanation of the sources and outcome (junior paper, senior thesis, dissertation, published article, etc.), workplan, and the skills and experiences that qualify you to undertake this research. In addition, please submit a one-page resume. If you already have been working with an advisor on this project, please include the name of the faculty member(s) and role in your proposed workplan (advisor, committee member, etc.).

We will organize a remote session where students can share their work with faculty and peers in August.

To submit proposals, and for questions, please email Aaron Shkuda,

Deadline: May 15, 2020