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Digital Humanities Grants
Digital Humanities Grants
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Request for Proposals: Seed grants in Digital Humanities
The College of Humanities and Fine Arts (CHFA) is offering seed grants to help faculty develop and launch new research projects in
the Digital Humanities. Proposals for these grants will reflect the contemporary use of technology for research and scholarly activity
in the Humanities and Fine Arts. Applications that propose to use grant funds in one’s own teaching will not be considered; however,
research projects on pedagogy are welcome. Successful proposals will describe innovative projects that show promise of eventually
gaining external funding. For example, the CHFA seed grants might be used for “proof of concept” or pilot projects that would
enhance applications for external funding. The review of proposals and recommendations for recipients will be made by the
directors of the Digital Humanities Initiative, in consultation with the dean.
Applicants may apply for grants up to $10,000; larger amounts will be considered only in exceptional circumstances. Applications
should include the following sections:
1 ) Description of the Project
2 ) Significance of the Project within one’s field of study
3 ) Statement of Innovation, specifying the contribution of the project to the digital humanities
4 ) Proposed External Sponsor and Timeline for application
5 ) Detailed Budget, including equipment needed
6) Proof of willingness to cooperate from any collaborators (on or off campus). An email asserting a willingness to cooperate is
Applications should not exceed five pages, single-spaced, and are due November 5, 2010. Please attach a short c.v. and a
copy of the RFP (or program description) for the intended externally sponsored grant that will come out of this seed funding.
Send completed applications as an attachment (pdf or Word) to Kate Freedman at
Successful applicants will be expected to become active members in the Digital Humanities Initiative and will gain access to its
facilities and support structures. The Digital Humanities Initiative is composed of core HFA faculty whose research projects directly
engage the use of digital tools for analysis, as a site of study, or as a forum for engaging scholarly and public audiences in research
findings. The Initiative provides lab space (in Herter Hall adjacent to the Translation Center) for those working on such projects, a
collaborative research group to help develop successful proposals, and a seminar series open to interested faculty on ongoing
digital research projects. Any faculty member who seeks sponsored funding for a digital humanities project may put a sponsored
grant through the Initiative, thus gaining access to the lab, support staff, and collaborative mentorship. In return, a faculty member
with an active project in the Initiative becomes a core member and contributes to the expanding and defining of the group’s goals.
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