Funded by Gale, the Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowships programme supports three scholars for a short period of research into a Digital Humanities related topic at the University of  Oxford, using the Centre for Digital Scholarship of the Bodleian Libraries. The goal of the programme is to encourage emerging Digital Humanities scholarship in the Asia Pacific region. The following candidates have been awarded the Fellowships in 2021/2022



  • Dr Tuo Chen | Research Assistant Professor, Faculty of History, Nankai University, China

    Project: The Communication Circuit of Chinese Christian Books (1807-1949)

    Dr Chen’s project aims to extend his doctoral work on Chinese and Western book culture and cultural exchange by examining Chinese Christian books. His work builds on previous research using Gale Primary Sources and will utilise access to the Bodleian holdings of books by Chinese missionaries. Dr Chen’s ambition to contribute to the scholarly Chinese community in Oxford, and to share his learning with colleagues in Nankai were particularly welcomed.

  • Dr Hsuan-Ying Tu | Assistant Professor in Early Modern History, School of History and Researcher of the Research Centre for Digital Humanities, Renmin University of China

    Project: Clientage, Politics and the Elizabethan Regime: Digital Humanities and New Perspectives

    Dr Hsuan-Ying Tu aims to take advantage of extensive late sixteenth-century Bodleian holdings and Gale State Papers Online to investigate the personal and political relationships through which information flowed and formed the court and government bureaucratic systems. She will use the digital humanities to unravel the web of deliberately complex papers left by Elizabethan ‘spymaster’.

  • Dr Mark Byron | Associate Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Department of English, University of Sydney

    Project: Digitizing Samuel Beckett’s Novel Watt: The Beckett Digital Manuscript Project and Beyond

    Dr Byron’s project aims to widen historical understanding of Samuel Beckett’s novel Watt by placing it within the historical context of its composition during the Second World War. He will work with sources from Gale Primary Sources and add to these archives through his project, which will capitalise on Oxford’s existing expertise on modern literature and the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project led by Professor Dirk van Hulle.

    The recruiting panel were particularly impressed by Dr Byron’s ambition to open complex manuscripts to a wider readership through building digital ‘clues’ and pathways so readers can explore contexts and the relationships of this work to contemporary issues of political radicalisms and migration.