Collaborative Research Grants

CFP: Collaborative Research Grants 2024–25

Applications due February 18, 2024.

The Center for Digital Humanities seeks scholars interested in conducting innovative, computationally engaged, and collaborative humanities research. Princeton faculty and staff from any discipline are welcome to propose projects that integrate methods, sources, or critique from the humanities with computation, data science, machine learning and AI, and/or design.

This year, priority will be given to projects that explore the opportunities and/or limits of AI for humanities research.

Recent CDH collaborations have included projects using agent-based modeling to explore theories of risk and rationality in the context of group behaviors, computational text analysis of the history of versification, and geospatial analysis of the literary preferences of the “Lost Generation” in Paris. We are especially interested in projects that require the development of specialized software to answer humanities research questions.

Project Scope

Applicants must propose an idea, problem, or provocation that can be explored over the course of approximately six continuous months between July 2024 and June 2025.

Some types of projects ideas include:

Please note that project data must be ready for analysis at the time the collaboration starts. Data may be either custom-made or from an existing dataset. If using pre-existing data sets, any data-use agreements must be signed prior to the start of the project.

Creating a public-facing website is out of scope for this grant.

Princeton faculty and staff may apply as individuals or with a collaborator/team. Visiting affiliates are not eligible.

Award Details

Grantees receive $5,000 (award will be split if there are faculty co-PIs), and research funds up to $3,000 for student assistants ($25/hour for graduate students; $15/hour for undergraduates). Funds will be transferred to home departments for administration.

Collaboration Details

Grantees will be matched with CDH staff with relevant expertise, and will collaboratively develop a project charter that will guide the project development. Grantees are expected to be available for regular meetings (in person or on Zoom) with CDH staff during the course of the award.

Grantees will be required to submit a final report at the conclusion of their award, along with a spending report. Unused research funds will be returned to the CDH at the conclusion of the grant period.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a 1,000-word project proposal that includes:

We provide a Google Document template to help you to structure your proposals.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a lunch-time information session on Wednesday, February 7 (in person, with Zoom available by request), or reach out to the CDH for consultations and dataset review before submission by using our consultation form. Requests for grant consultations must be submitted by February 5, 2024 to ensure that we can meet with you before the application deadline.

Application materials should be sent as a single PDF file to by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, February 18, 2024 with the subject line “Collaborative Research Grant Application.” Applications will be reviewed by CDH’s Faculty Executive Committee. Notifications will be sent out by April 1, 2023.