The deadline for submitting a project prospectus is
Wednesday, February 1, 2017.
Call for projects: The Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University is accepting applications for AY 2017-2018 Digital Humanities Project Grants. We welcome submissions from Princeton faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. We particularly welcome collaborative, team-based projects (for instance, partnerships with the Princeton University Library and the Princeton University Art Museum, projects that involve faculty and graduate students, etc.).
Accepted applicants will work with the CDH research team for 12 months to build their projects into working prototypes.
Digital Humanities Projects may include:
- research that brings new approaches or that documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities;
- research that uses digital humanities to bring new approaches or best practices to scholarly disciplines;
- planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools;
- innovative uses of technology for public programming and education that incorporates both traditional and new media;
- building rich source-based projects.
Project Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects prior to full-scale implementation. In addition to early planning towards an innovative prototype, proposals should identify a problem or research question, explore a research agenda, or discover appropriate methodologies or technologies.
A CDH project prospectus should include:
1. A 1-2 sentence abstract of the proposed project.
2. A list of your project team members and brief descriptions of roles.
3. A project narrative (no more than 1,000 words). The narrative should answer the following questions about the 12-month cycle to be completed under the grant:
- What is the primary research question driving this project?
- What is the main contribution your project will make to scholarship?
- Who is your intended audience?
- What do you intend to be the final product completed under this grant?
In addition, if this is a source-based project, please address:
- What types of source materials will be used in the project (book, map, handwritten manuscript, pottery fragment, etc.) and how many of these sources do you want to include in the project?
- Are your sources already available in digital form? Are they under copyright? Do you anticipate any challenges to making them publicly available on the web?
- Which specific methods/tools/technologies will you use in this project? Briefly state your team's level of comfort with these methods/tools/technologies - do any members of your team require specific training?
- Environmental scan: cite other projects with similar capabilities that you would like to emulate, or the domain your project will improve upon...
If this is a tool-building project (includes substantive contribution to pre-existing open source software), please address:
- What languages/frameworks/pre-existing software/etc. do you plan to use in building this tool?
- Which members of your team have experience building software projects? Do any members of your team require specific training?
- Environmental scan: If applicable, please cite any similar tools already in existence, and explain why they are inadequate for your research needs or intended user base.
If you are a graduate student, please include a statement about how this project aligns with your dissertation topic and research/writing schedule.
4. Work plan & timeline: Describe your team’s plan of action for reaching your project goal. Specify team members’ (known & anticipated) involvement with the project, including anticipated workloads and time constraints.
5. Resources needed:
Please specify whether you are applying for
- CDH staff time only
- CDH staff time and project funding. Please outline your budget for accomplishing proposed work. List any additional sources of funding currently available to the project team, or which you could receive in the coming year (ex. outstanding grant applications, other sources of funding on campus).
The prospectus is non-binding application only. The successful applicant must revise his or her application into a project charter in consultation with CDH staff during the spring semester. The applicant must be available to attend monthly meetings with the project team during the grant period. CDH staff will work with successful applicants to designate and, when necessary, hire a project manager, before the work of the project begins.
Funds can also be used for faculty summer salary, up to $5,000, minus the cost of benefits.
Digital Humanities Project Grants are not intended for:
- projects that involve digitization only;
- the purchase of appropriate equipment unless applicants can demonstrate that they have explored and exhausted other on-campus resources;
- Acquisition of computer equipment or software in excess of 20 percent of the grant total;
- recurring or established conferences or professional meetings alone (without other components) or technology/website support for such conferences. If you need technology/website support, please contact Web Development Services at email@example.com;
- development of teaching projects unrelated to faculty research. For assistance with educational websites and other course-related projects, please contact Ben Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org;
- travel in excess of 10 percent of the grant total.
To apply for a Digital Humanities Project Grant:
Applicants should submit a Project Prospectus (for instructions see guidelines here ). Projects will be peer-reviewed by the CDH faculty Executive Committee. Successful applicants will be notified by the beginning of March.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the CDH project grant workshops entitled “How to Pitch a Digital Humanities Project” on Monday, December 5, 12-1:30pm or Monday, January 9, 12-1:30pm. f you are unable to attend either session, email Natalia Ermolaev at email@example.com.
All materials should be submitted as PDF files o Natalia Ermolaev at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Projects that are not accepted as year-long sponsored CDH projects may be encouraged to apply for a Seed or Extended Seed grant (deadline March 15, 2017).
The deadline for submitting a project prospectus is Wednesday, February 1, 2017 .