Seed Grants

The Center for Digital Humanities invites proposals from members of the Princeton faculty, graduate students, staff and post-doctoral fellows for Seed Grants to support individual or collaborative research projects.

Seed Grant award is up to $1,000.

Deadline is rolling.

Seed Grants are intended to support exploratory thinking and early-stage development for projects that may eventually become CDH collaborations. We are especially interested in projects at the intersections of the humanities, data and computation that center historically-marginalized voices, have public impact, or break new ground in undergraduate and graduate education. Examples include small-scale projects that use machine learning, geospatial encoding or analysis, text analysis, data visualization or data curation. The grant can also support meetings to plan or launch new campus-wide initiatives (such as the Indigenous Studies DH Working Group).

Applicants must clearly demonstrate how the project or approach is related to Digital Humanities methods, tools or theories. 

Work on Seed Grant projects is expected to be completed within 12 months of receiving the award. Seed Grants should not be used for self-remuneration or to purchase equipment. At this time, seed grants are not intended to support course development. Please see other campus sources such as the 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education.

Please note that the CDH does not administer grant awards. Award funds will be transferred to the grantees' home department. Non-faculty must indicate in their application that they have discussed award processing with their department managers. Visiting scholars are not eligible for CDH Seed Grants.

Applications from Princeton staff must have supervisory approval, and must clearly indicate whether the project is an independent endeavor, or is tied to the applicant’s job responsibilities and department’s workflows and resources.

Pre-submission consultations are encouraged,. Inquiries should be submitted using the consultation request form.

To apply, please send a brief (1-page) description of the project and append a budget showing the costs of the project and indicating other funds received. Applications should be sent to via pdf to cdh-info@princeton.edu. You will hear back from us approximately 2 weeks (10 business days) after the date of submission.