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Graduate Fellows Program

The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL) invites applications for graduate student fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year. Stipends will be $5,500 per academic year (this is intended to reflect a roughly 5-hour commitment weekly). 

The Application

To be considered for a VIDL Graduate Fellowship, you must be in good academic standing in a graduate program at Vanderbilt University (with preference to PhD students as one factor in selection).

The application form is attached as a Word document. Please email this application as an attachment named  <your-last-name>-VIDL-Application.pdf  . Also attach your curriculum vitae (named  <your-last-name>-CV.pdf  ). Email these documents to

 Important Dates:

  • Friday, April 22, 2016: Applications Due
  • Week of May 2, 2016: Finalist interviews (in person or by video conferencing)
  • Friday May 13, 2016: Graduate Fellow notifications
  • August, 2016: Kickoff meeting at VIDL (date to be announced)

 For any inquiries, please contact:
Gayathri Narasimham (
Ole Molvig (


More Information About VIDL and The Graduate Fellow Role

VIDL has several missions, to include (a) exploring and supporting the use of online and other digital learning technologies to enhance the on-campus learning experience; (b) supporting and tracking campus research on learning with digital technologies, in areas such as educational data mining and human-computer interactions; and (c) supporting the production of educational content by our faculty and students, to include flagship projects, such as COURSERA online courses.

Graduate Fellows of VIDL will first and foremost advance scholarship in digital learning. Examples of possible projects include data mining of online student behavior; studies of student motivation with online environments; tracking organizational changes at Vanderbilt as a result of the Institute itself; researching a history of selected digital learning technologies such as mobile devices, and investigating societal implications of the technology; preparing, posting, and evaluating original educational online material on a selected topic, and placing it in the web of existing material in that area; characterizing and researching worst-case analyses of peer assessment strategies, rather than (simply) average-case analyses. Grad fellows will also learn about the many aspects of creating and evaluating digital learning content.

Expectations: VIDL Graduate Fellows will document their workflows and other activities for the benefit of others -- on blogs and as documents and multimedia posted the VIDL Web site, Youtube, and elsewhere. We require a weekly commitment to work on the project; meet with VIDL staff; provide progress updates; and contribute to scholarship through public presentations, conferences, journals, or other venues.

Information on previous and current graduate fellows is available here.