ACLS and Mellon Foundation Invite Applications for Digital Extension Grants

With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies is inviting applications for its ACLS Digital Extension Grants, which seek to 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.

Though the program, grants of up to $150,000 over twelve to eighteen months will be awarded in support of digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. Projects must have advanced beyond the start-up phase of development and aimed at one or more of the following activities: developing new systems of making established digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions; extending established digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary reach; creating new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities; and fostering new team-based collaborations between scholars at all career stages.

Projects that convene, train, and empower communities of humanities faculty and/or graduate students around established digital research projects, as well as projects that allow scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure to exploit digital resources or to participate in existing labs or working groups, are especially welcome. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged.

Five grants will be awarded in this cycle.

Funding awarded through the program may support a range of project costs, including (where necessary) salary replacement for faculty or staff, software, equipment, travel, lodging, and meeting costs, and consultant fees.

To be eligible, PIs must have a PhD degree conferred prior to the application deadline (an established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the PhD in publications and professional experience may also qualify), and projects must be hosted by an institution of higher education in the United States.

See the American Council of Learned Societies website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Deadline: December 01, 2019