Digital Humanities

closeup of person reviewing footage on cameraThe Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere’s existing internal funding opportunities for UF faculty can be used to fund work with a digital component, for example, proposing a Library Enhancement Grant to build or develop a digital collection. The UF Smathers Libraries Mini Grant Program may also fund collaborative work by librarians and academic researchers. More specialized external funding sources and resources for digital research questions and projects are listed below. Example grant applications in the digital humanities can be found in the UF Digital Humanities collection and archive.

* These grants listings are provided as a service to UF humanities scholars. Please verify all submission deadlines and other information with the respective granting offices or agencies.

  • NEH Office of Digital Humanities – This office within the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) coordinates the NEH’s efforts in the area of digital scholarship. Although all NEH granting programs will fund work with a digital component (e.g., fellowships and collaborative grants), the Office of Digital  Humanities runs several specific funding programs for digital work including:  the Digging into Data Challenge for research involving large-scale corpora and databases, Digital Projects for the Public,  Start-Up Grants for new digital projects and larger Implementation Grants to move test projects into full implementation, digitization grants to Enrich Digital Collections, and Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities. For more information, see the library of all NEH funded digital humanities projects.
  • ACLS Digital Extension Grants – This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will help advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects, extending their reach to new communities of users, and supporting teams of scholars at all career stages as they participate in digital research projects.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – Program on Digital Information Technology – This program has primarily encouraged digitizing material in the public domain; assuring public archiving, preservation and open access of this material; and fostering its availability to people everywhere through such technologies as books on demand.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography – The aim of this program is to reinvigorate bibliographical studies by providing focused training and mentorship for doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty in the humanities. During their three-year fellowship tenure, fellows will receive intensive, hands-on training at the Rare Book School (University of Virginia), and will work with mentors from the bibliographical community who will guide their archivally based scholarship, and help connect them with professionals in allied fields.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – Program on Scholarly Communications and Information Technology –  The Foundation’s grant-making in scholarly communications has three main objectives: (1) to support libraries and archives in their efforts to preserve and provide access to materials of broad cultural and scholarly significance; (2) to assist scholars in the development of specialized resources that promise to open or advance fields of study in the humanities and humanistic social sciences; and (3) to strengthen the publication of humanistic scholarship and its dissemination to the widest possible audience.
  • Artstor Digital Humanities Award –  As a non-profit institution working to derive shared solutions to challenges of the digital world, Artstor believes that the Digital Humanities Awards will recognize and help support innovative and intellectually stimulating projects in the field — and give digital scholars the chance to create and maintain those projects using Shared Shelf.
  • Center for Undergraduate Research – The Center for Undergraduate Research is committed to fostering a culture of research that encourages all students to include a research component as a critical part of their undergraduate experience.   CUR provides guidance to students and faculty interested in pursuing research opportunities and the coordination of campus research activities.  CUR also works to expand research opportunities across campus.
  • The Council on Library and Information Resources – An independent, non-profit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. Its goals are to foster new approaches to the management of digital and nondigital information resources so that they will be available in the future, for example, through its Mellon-funded program to Catalog Hidden Special Collections and Archives.
  • Google – Digital Humanities Research Awards – These 2010 awards support 12 university research groups with unrestricted grants for one year, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year. The recipients will receive some access to Google tools, technologies and expertise as they work to digitize and enable computational research with specialized text corpora. Google also offers one-year Faculty Research Awards in a variety of research areas.
  • UF Honors Program Wentworth Travel Scholarship – This award provides up to forty students $500 for projects involving undergraduate research, such as travel to a library or archives to do research, presentation of a paper at a professional conference, attendance at an academic meeting relevant to your major, or participation in a competitive unpaid internship outside of Gainesville, FL.
  • The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) – Visiting Fellowships – Visiting Fellowships at IATH can take a variety of forms: a month-long residency in Charlottesville, a year-long networked editing project, an international conference to discuss metadata standards, and so forth. These Fellowships are awarded on an ad hoc basis, and there is no fixed publication deadline. While IATH cannot provide funding to Visiting Fellows, IATH staff will provide advice and guidance to help applicants secure appropriate funding.
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – Digital Media & Learning Initiative – Through grants to scholars, educators, designers, and practitioners, MacArthur continues to explore and expand on the hypothesis that digital media use is changing how young people think, learn, interact, confront ethical dilemmas, and engage in civic life, and that there are significant implications for the formal and informal institutions that are responsible for educating American youth.
  • OCLC/ALISE Library & Information Science Research Grant Program (LISRGP) – In recognition of the importance of research to the advancement of librarianship and information science, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Incorporated and OCLC Research, in collaboration with the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), promote independent research that helps integrate new technologies that offer innovative approaches and contributes to a better understanding of the information environment and user expectations and behaviors.

For more relevant grants, see our external library and archival development funding page.