Digital Champions Initiative

The ESCALATOR Digital Champions Initiative is a multi-track mentorship and networking programme that complements our other activities. The programme is open to researchers, professional staff, and students from the 26 public universities and research councils in South Africa. Each track offers a unique learning opportunity to support community members' distinct needs and motivations. Tracks differ based on the target audience, expected learning outcomes, engagement strategies, number of participants that can be accommodated, committment expected from participants, and duration.

We are collaborating with, and learning from, existing mentorship programmes in the areas of Open Education, Open Science, Machine Learning, Resarch, Data Journalism, and more. To learn more about our preparation for developing the Digital Champions Initiative, please read about the Mentorship Indaba which ESCALATOR hosted in April 2021.

The Digital Champions Initiative will be rolled out in a phased approach to harness the strengths of our growing community optimally. For more detail on each track, click on the links below. We will also shortly share a side-by-side comparison of the different tracks.


Grow awareness of fundamental concepts of digital scholarship
* Launched May 2021


Learn about the vast landscape of digital scholarship and start applying it to your own work
* Coming soon


Develop more advanced digital skills by applying it to a humanities or social sciences project
* Coming soon


Discover resources that can facilitate the development of a local community of practice
* Coming soon


Master skills in developing contextualised open educational resources
* Coming soon


Join a community of women using digital and computational skills
* Launcing 5 August 2021