The Willard McCarty Fellowship was set up in 2018 by the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London ( in honour of Professor Willard McCarty’s ( ceaseless contribution to the advances and growth of the field of Digital Humanities and the Department. The Fellowship is intended to support outstanding scholars whose work interrogates the value of a human-machine dialogue for greater understanding of the human mind, condition, culture, and society. It seeks to foster intellectual collaboration across borders and disciplines as well as between academia and industry. Candidates are expected to have a strong academic presence and/or significant engagement with the intellectual life of society as a whole.

We offer Fellows the opportunity to exchange experiences with colleagues and students in the dynamic environment of the largest academic digital humanities department in the world.


Access to Fellowship

Access to the Willard McCarty Fellowship is given to interdisciplinary-minded academic and non-academic researchers. The Department reserves the right to appoint one Fellow for his or her outstanding and exceptional work in the field. The alternative route to the scheme is to apply as outlined in the Section ‘How and When to Apply?’.

Under both routes, the Fellowship must be undertaken at the Department of Digital Humanities for a period from one to two weeks.

Grants of up to £2,500 to successful candidates will cover the following:

  • Round trip standard class fares
  • Accommodation and subsistence

We can provide advice, but appointees must make their own travel and living arrangements. They will need to seek additional funding elsewhere to cover any expenses that exceed the grant.

The Department will provide Fellows with office space. Fellows will be welcome to attend classes and seminars, to work with the staff of the Department, meet affiliated partners, such as staff of the King’s Digital Lab, and access Strand campus and all facilities of the Maughan Library.

The Role of Fellows

Fellows will be affiliated with the interdisciplinary programme and international staff of the Department. During their stay, holders of the Fellowship will be required to give one lecture to staff of the department. In addition, they may wish to give one seminar to graduates and postgraduate students. Fellows will be asked to submit a revised text of the lecture for publication within a month after their stay ends. In consultation with each Fellow, the Department will see to publication of the lecture in a suitable high-impact journal.

How and When to Apply?

To be considered for the Fellowship, please submit the following materials:

  • Cover Letter (up to 500 words) indicating reason for interest in this appointment
  • Curriculum Vitae (up to 2 pages, with emphasis on the last ten years)
  • Statement of research interests (up to 1,000 words), outlining the topics and content of the seminar and lecture the Fellow will give during the period of the fellowship
  • Two letters of recommendation

For the 2018-19 Fellowship competition, please submit all materials in one email to both Paul Spence ( and Gabriele Salciute Civiliene ( by January 25, 2019. Please put ‘WM Fellowship’ in the subject area.

Submissions sent later than the deadline will not be considered. The successful candidate(s) will be notified of the results by mid-February 2019. The Fellowship will have to take place between March and mid-June 2019.


Academic and post-doctoral staff already at King’s College London are not eligible for this scheme.

The scheme is open to applicants without regard to nationality, race, religious beliefs or gender.

Applicants must be fluent in English.

If an applicant needs a visa for entry and stay in the UK, it is his or her responsibility to arrange one before arrival.