Seed Grants

Once per semester, 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. 

The Spring 2020 Seed Grant deadline is March 13, 2020.

Seed Grant award is up to $1,000.

Seed Grants are intended to support exploratory thinking and early-stage development for projects that may eventually become CDH collaborations. Examples include small-scale projects using text-encoding, geospatial encoding or analysis, topic modeling, corpus analysis, or the creation or use of linked open data. Applicants must clearly demonstrate how the their project or approach is related to Digital Humanities methods, tools or theories. The grant can also support meetings to plan or launch new campus-wide initiatives. Purchase of appropriate equipment will be considered if applicants can demonstrate that they have explored and exhausted other resources on campus.

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. Seed grants should not be used for self-remuneration. Purchase of appropriate equipment will be considered if applicants can demonstrate that they have explored and exhausted other resources on campus. Award funds will be transferred to the grantees home department. Work on Seed Grant projects is expected to be completed within 12 months of receiving the award.

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. 

Please note that 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, but must be scheduled no later than 5 work days before the grant deadline. Inquiries should be submitted using the consultation request form.

Applications should be sent to via pdf to cdh-info@princeton.edu.