External grants & funding

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

This program is designed to be a follow-on to the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant program (SUG). It is aimed at helping projects move beyond the start-up phase and into full implementation.

Digital Humanities Start up Grant

This program provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities.

Electronic Records Projects

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that will increase the capacity of archivists and archival repositories to create electronic records archives that preserve records of enduring historical value. The NHPRC supports efforts by archivists and records managers to meet the challenges of electronic records. Projects to increase repository capacity must involve institutions that have already established archives and records management programs.

Digital Information Technology (Alfred Sloane Foundation)

This program seeks to better our understanding of the relationship between technology, information, and society, primarily through research on and the development of digital information technology for the conduct of scholarly research and public engagement with knowledge.

Scholarly Communications and Information Technology (The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)

The Scholarly Communications and Information Technology Program is especially interested in developments that:

  • Use forms of scholarly communications to stimulate collaborations among scholars and scholarly institutions in ways that substantially advance knowledge;
  • Apply technology in the core program areas of the Foundation in order to improve quality, lower costs, accelerate work, open new perspectives, or make improvements possible that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to achieve.
  • Help sustain scholarly communications and information technologies economically.

Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Building a New Research Environment

Libraries, archives, and cultural institutions hold millions of items that have never been adequately described. This represents a staggering volume of items of potentially substantive intellectual value that are unknown and inaccessible to scholars. This program seeks to address this problem by awarding grants for supporting innovative, efficient description of large volumes of material of high value to scholars.

Google - Digital Humanities Research Awards

Google’s Digital Humanities Research Awards will supports 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.

Seed Grants

The IDRH Digital Humanities Seed Grants are intended to encourage KU faculty and academic staff to plan or pilot a collaborative project using digital technologies, which should in turn result in a more competitive subsequent external funding application. The digital humanities use “digital media and technology to advance the full range of thought and practice in the humanities, from the creation of scholarly resources, to research on those resources, to the communication of results to colleagues and students”.


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ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships

ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships are intended to support an academic year dedicated to work on a major scholarly project that takes a digital form. Projects may:

  • Address a consequential scholarly question through new research methods, new ways of representing the knowledge produced by research, or both;
  • Create new digital research resources;
  • Increase the scholarly utility of existing digital resources by developing new means of aggregating, navigating, searching, or analyzing those resources;
  • Propose to analyze and reflect upon the new forms of knowledge creation and representation made possible by the digital transformation of scholarship.