Michigan State University

Deadline: May 10, 2018

Total funding available: $2,000

DH@MSU invites proposals for seed grants to support digital humanities projects in research, teaching, and public outreach, in any humanistic or related discipline of the university during summer 2018. DH@MSU summer seed grants are designed to support collaborative projects that might include

  • Textual analysis: digital editions; websites that invite linguistic, social, and historical analysis of texts; text aggregation sites; the development of tools for digital analysis.
  • Geospatial approaches to literary texts and historical problems.
  • Network analysis of literary texts and historical problems.
  • Data-mining of large corpora for insights into genres, discourses, and the sociology of knowledge.
  • Digital projects whose aim is primarily pedagogical, often undertaken with civic or public humanities goals in mind.
  • Humanistic studies of new media, science or technology.

We also invite course development proposals from faculty who wish to develop a new course in digital humanities or add a significant DH component to an existing graduate or undergraduate course. The course may be in any humanities or related discipline.

Applicants may be tenured or tenure-track faculty, non-tenure track faculty, specialists, staff, and/or graduate students. As the seed grant initiative is funded by the College of Arts & Letters, at least one member of the project team must be affiliated with CAL or the DH Program. We will prioritize applications for prototypes that will lead to larger projects, for projects that demonstrate collaboration across units, and for projects that make use of existing infrastructure and resources available through the Digital Scholarship Lab.

A detailed budget is required for all applications. Awards will be for costs associated with conducting or disseminating research, purchasing technology (limited to a maximum of 30% of total budget) or hiring specialized technical development (programming, etc.). Funds may not be used to pay faculty salary.

Application Package and Process

  • Applications must include a Project Narrative of no more than 1,000 words. The narrative should describe the guiding premises of the project clearly, provide a clear overview of the project’s structure (components, personnel, tasks), and describe in concrete terms what the project hopes to accomplish by the end of the summer.
  • Applications must include a separate, detailed budget, with clear explanations for each item and a justification of their importance to the project.
  • Applications must include a separate timetable that outlines the expected stages of the work and a date of completion.
  • Applications must include a CV from the primary investigator on the project and from any other individuals who will play a leading or critical supporting role (i.e. outside programmers, other specialized contributors).
  • Applications should take the form of a Word file or a PDF containing the primary applicant’s last name in the filename. Applications should be submitted to Kristen Mapes (kmapes@msu.edu) by 5:00 PM on May 10, 2018.
  • All applicants will be notified by May 17, 2018.

Report on Outcomes

  • All funded applicants must submit a report of 1,500 words by September 30, 2018, to be posted on the digitalhumanities.msu.edu website, describing the outcomes of their project. The report should be written by the lead investigator on the project, with assistance from other collaborators where necessary.
  • The lead investigator or team on all funded projects must present their work as part of the DH@MSU fall colloquium series, a new monthly series of talks that will highlight the work being done by members of the DH community.


Thank you to Rutgers University Digital Humanities for serving as the model for this call and its language.

Close Menu