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Where to find digital humanities jobs

Academia is a competitive career path. It’s hard to secure a position in the liberal arts with such a competitive pool of candidates from across the globe. That’s why I’ve listed all of these places to find digital humanities jobs. Some websites have dedicated job boards while others promote publications and conferences, but all of them will offer something worthwhile to advance your job search—either through direct applications, building up your CV, or networking into the right circles.

 

Digital Humanities Now

Digital Humanities Now is a website dedicated to showcasing the world’s projects about—what else?—the digital humanities. You can submit a project to be featured in the website, be it a colleague’s work or your own.

You’re here for a reason, though, and that reason is to find a job. You’re in luck; this website has an entire section that lists digital humanities jobs around the world. There is a large focus on positions in American universities, but you can find some positions elsewhere if you keep an eye on the list.

 

Centre for Digital Humanities

The Centre for Digital Humanities is a collaboration between several universities in Europe, including:

  • University of Amsterdam
  • VU University of Amsterdam
  • Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

As such it doesn’t include a job board. Positions aren’t landed through applications alone, of course! Improving your resume (or CV) is what really moves the needle, and this website has a page outlining its calls for new projects.

Submitting your project could get your work in front of the right set of eyes and add some clout to your resume.

 

 

Scholarship Database

Next up we have the Scholarship Database. Unlike the CDH (above), this site is dedicated to showing open academic positions. It’s not just about scholarships, and it’s not just for American colleges.

You can search for a wide selection of positions and scholarships supporting digital humanities jobs by combining several layers of search filters, including:

  • Academic attainment (Master’s, PhD, or Postdoctoral)
  • Country
  • University/College
  • Academic Field
  • Date Posted

It even has a blog with one-off topics covering things like “common mistakes in scholarship cover letters,” which could prove useful if you know what kind of position you’re looking to secure.

 

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations isn’t so much about straight job applications as it is about cultivating a community around a cause. Since the barrier to entry lowers significantly with networking and a positive reputation on your side, it’s worth your time to check out what the ADHO has to offer. You might just find that your next internal champion is an active participant.

More to the point, the website also has a page dedicated to training programs and conferences specifically for professionals looking for digital humanities jobs. These include:

Remember: it’s not all about job postings. It’s about networking, getting buy-in from individual gatekeepers, and building your CV or resume in tandem to become the most competitive candidate possible. Getting involved with at least one of these conferences or events supported by the ADHO could help you along that path.

 

The Association for Computers and the Humanities

Like the ADHO (above), the Association for Computers and the Humanities is another group dedicated to bringing together professionals in the digital humanities. You won’t find a conventional job board here either, but you will find publications, conferences, and even a page on mentoring and career support.

As of writing, its support page outlines a mentorship program to which you could apply—or even to volunteer your time with younger students, building inroads into the community either way.

 

 

Modern Languages Association

I’ve always preferred the Chicago Manual of Style to the MLA style guide, but there’s no denying that the Modern Languages Association has a wider following. It also has a job board for that following, and you can absolutely use it to find digital humanities jobs with a basic keyword search.

The MLA’s website even has a page that lets you set up job alerts using keywords, which you can use for “digital humanities” to let jobs come to you passively. It’s similar to a Google Alert, but only for the MLA job board.

 

Times Higher Education Uni Jobs

For those in the United Kingdom, Times Higher Education has a job board dedicated to university jobs. You can search for jobs with “digital humanities” in the text to filter out irrelevant postings—but you’ll find other worthwhile jobs too, if you keep an eye open.

Even though it’s geared for humanities professionals in the UK, you can still find digital humanities jobs around the world, from the United States to Singapore and most countries in between.

 

Historical Associations

Historical associations also have positions listed at various universities within their corresponding countries, and you should check them out every now and again. It can save time compared to checking each individual university job board individually.

  • American Historical Association: The AHA has a dedicated job board that lists positions across North America. Definitely check it out.
  • Canadian Historical Association: The CHA does a great job of listing open positions. Not all will be digital humanities jobs specifically, but if you’re looking for something in North America then definitely keep an eye on this one.
  • Royal Historical Society: Here you’ll find a resource page for aspiring historians in their early careers. It’s not a job board but some of the content might just tip the job-searching scales in your favor.
  • Australian Historical Association: The AHA has a job board of sorts. The website isn’t dedicated specifically to jobs, but it has some worthwhile positions posted.
  • Know History: Know History operates out of Ottawa, Canada, and employs some people remotely, too. Check out their careers page. Not everything will be digital, but the widespread digitization of documents and literature means you could find something close to the digital humanities here.

Pro tip: Indeed doesn’t have many matching results for digital humanities jobs, so don’t slave away looking for positions there.

You should still network your way into your preferred departments whenever possible, but you can absolutely get started by taking your first steps with these websites to find digital humanities jobs.

Happy hunting out there!

Andrew Webb

Andrew Webb

Founder of the Employed Historian, Andrew entered the working world with two history degrees and zero technical knowledge. Then he worked on those technical skills and discovered something profound about the liberal arts. By day he's a professional search engine optimization specialist and content marketer at Webb Content.

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