Apply for a Microgrant to Support your DH Project

The Five College Consortium welcomes applications for Digital Humanities Microgrants for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. Undergraduate students and mixed groups of undergraduate students, faculty, and staff at any of the Five Colleges are invited to submit applications for small projects that engage in innovative ways the intersections of digital technology and the humanities. Applications will also be accepted to defray travel costs to present digital humanities work beyond the Five Colleges.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The first round of applications is due October 1st, at 5 PM. Future applications will be due at 5 PM on November 1st, December 1st, January 1st, February 1st, and March 1st.

Grant applications should not normally exceed $250; however, grant applications up to $500 are possible (for example, in cases of substantial travel costs). Applications will be evaluated in regards to the excellence and innovation of the proposal and the proposal’s feasibility within its stated timeframe.

Successful applicants will be required to provide reflective output, generally in the form of a blog post for the Five College Digital Humanities website, either within one month after the conclusion of their project or event.

Eligibility

5CollDH Microgrants are open to all undergraduate students throughout the Five Colleges, or from mixed groups of students, faculty, and staff, with the understanding that the students are the project’s primary investigators, will manage the project’s funds, and will provide the reflective output required by the microgrant. Group applicants should note that funding will not change commensurate with the number of people in the project, and individual microgrants will be awarded up to $500.

Questions?

If you have specific questions regarding the microgrants, please contact humans@5colldh.org.

Past Microgrant Projects

Since each 5CollDH migrogrant recipient writes a blog post about their process, you can learn more about our program in their words.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

WHAT’S A MICROGRANT?

Exactly what it sounds like: a tiny grant. It’s a small award designed to be used for small projects, or in conjunction with other sources of funding. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity for you to receive some funds to try new things, take intellectual risks, and test ideas, without the pressure of a large fellowship.

WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS ARE GOOD FOR MICROGRANTS?

Microgrants work best with small projects with definite start and end dates. Ideally, microgrants go to one-time costs, such as hardware, software, hosting, or other material costs. We also provide microgrants to defray travel costs to DH-related conferences or events, with the understanding that the student’s attendance at these events informs his or her work on a larger project.

WHO’S ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Any undergraduate students at any of the Five Colleges are welcome to submit an application.

HOW DO I ACCESS THE MICROGRANT FUNDS?

Unlike the student fellowships, with are paid out as a lump sum and a mixture of invoices and reimbursements, microgrants are available as reimbursements only. Students for whom this presents a financial burden are encouraged to contact us—no student will be turned away because of his or her inability to pay funds in advance.

TALK TO ME ABOUT ‘REFLECTIVE OUTPUT.’

We ask each of the funded projects to provide, within two months of the project’s completion or by the end of the semester, whichever comes first, some kind of reflective output for the 5CollDH website. For most projects, this will take the form of a blog post discussing the project, its process, and the role that the microgrant played in its completion. This reflective output not only provides documentation for your project on our website, it also gives us a chance to showcase your work with a wider audience.

WHAT WON’T THE MICROGRANT FUND?

Because microgrants are designed to defray physical costs, no microgrant funds can go towards paying other students, staff, faculty, outside contractors, or as honoraria. Microgrant funds also cannot be used to provide stipends to the applicants. With regards to physical materials, the same restrictions apply as to our student fellowships.

CAN I APPLY AS A GROUP?

Yes, groups of students, as well as mixed groups of students, staff, and faculty, are welcome to apply. Groups that fall into the latter category must demonstrate that the students are the primary investigators on the project, and will manage the microgrant funds. All groups should designate one person to submit the application, with the understanding that that person will also manage funds.

HOW MANY TIMES CAN I APPLY FOR MICROGRANTS?

Students are welcome to apply for microgrants up to three times, or until the total costs of all combined applications each $250, whichever comes first. To break it down: the $250 limit is designed per person, as well as per project.

IF I DO NOT RECEIVE A MICROGRANT IN ONE ROUND, CAN I REAPPLY WITH THE SAME PROJECT?

Yes. In fact, if the Steering Committee judges the microgrant to be of merit, but think that it requires more work, we will encourage you to re-apply and provide some notes. However, we will only accept an application for a single project twice.