Funding Opportunities

Summer Program Funding

Annually since 2015, DH@MSU has provided funding support for attendance at multi-day summer training programs (e.g. HILT, DHSI).

DH@MSU supports faculty and staff development by awarding registration and travel funds for faculty/staff* members and graduate students to attend summer Digital Humanities training programs. A limited number of awards of up to $1000 in funding are available. Faculty/staff and graduate students from any discipline or unit at any point in their career are welcome to apply.

Those awarded with registration and funding will be expected to share their experience with the Michigan State University Digital Humanities community by leading a community building event (e.g. workshop) during the 2019-2020 year. Award recipients are also expected to create a profile on the DH@MSU People section of the website.

*Faculty/staff is a broad category that encompasses anyone who is not currently a student at MSU and who is employed by the University.

Faculty/Staff please apply using the application form at go.cal.msu.edu/facsummerfunding and emailing your CV to dh@msu.edu.

Graduate students please apply using the application form at go.cal.msu.edu/gradsummerfunding and emailing your CV to dh@msu.edu.

The deadline to apply is December 3, 2018

Conference Funding

DH@MSU supports faculty/staff* and student presentation at conferences. 12 conference support awards of $250 each are available to be awarded during the 2018-19 year.

To qualify for award support, you must have an accepted presentation for the conference in question. Accepted presentations may also include poster presentations or official workshops/panels/roundtable presentations at conferences. Explicitly Digital Humanities conferences qualify, but presentations on DH work at disciplinary conferences are also welcome.

Award funds may be used toward conference registration, travel, housing, and other expenses. Any MSU student, faculty, or staff member from any discipline or unit at any point in their career is welcome to apply.

Those awarded with funding will be expected to participate in the Michigan State University Digital Humanities community. Award recipients are also expected to create a profile on the DH@MSU People section of the website.

*Faculty/staff is a broad category that encompasses anyone who is not currently a student at MSU and who is employed by the University.

Please apply using the application form at go.cal.msu.edu/conferencefunding

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be evaluated by the DH@MSU Research Committee monthly.

Seed Grant Funding

Funded Projects 2018

  • The Weeping Season, film by Alexandra Hidalgo (Post-award report)
  • Bhakti Virtual Archive (BHAVA) project (formerly, Connected Bhakti Bibliographies Database), led by Jon Keune (Post-award report)
  • Digital & Community Publishing Collective (DCPC), led by Kate Birdsall (Post-award report)
  • Theme and Word Analysis in the Corrido from the Frontera Collection project, led by Miguel Cabañas (Post-award report)
  • Level 101 – A Video Game about Video Games, led by Justin Wigard and Elizabeth LaPensée (Post-award report)
  • The Longhua Civilian Assembly Center: 1943-1945 project, led by Daniel Fandino and Erica Holt

Call for Proposals 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.