Five College Digital Humanities (5CollDH) welcomes applications for Digital Humanities Microgrants. 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 the intersections of digital technology and the humanities in innovative ways. Applications to defray travel costs of presenting digital humanities work beyond the Five Colleges will also be considered.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We will close the call of applications upon exhausting this program’s funds. Review of applications and notification of a decision normally will be made within two weeks of receiving the application.

Grant applications may be awarded up to $250. Applications will be evaluated in regards to the excellence and innovation of the proposal, the proposal’s feasibility within its stated timeframe, and its impact upon the awardee(s) and/or others.

Successful 5CollDH Microgrant applicants will be required to provide a written reflective output regarding their use of the microgrant funds, generally in the form of a blog post for the Five College Digital Humanities website, within one month after the conclusion of their project or event. The reflective output and/or blog post should describe the awardee(s)’s use of the microgrant funds, the impact of the event or project, and a brief personal reflection.

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 may be awarded up to $250.

Questions?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions section below. If you have specific questions regarding the microgrants, please contact [email protected].

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?

A 5CollDH Microgrant is a small grant of up to $250 awarded to support undergraduate students and mixed groups of undergraduate students, faculty, and staff at any of the Five Colleges on expenses for small projects that engage the intersections of digital technology and the humanities in innovative ways.

WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS ARE GOOD FOR MICROGRANTS?

Because of the digital humanities’ wide, interdisciplinary scope, the range of eligible projects is also broad. In the past, we have funded projects as diverse as developing iOS apps for museum tours, organizing digital artists’ residencies, and creating born-digital essays. All we ask is that your project draws together digital technologies and the humanities in ways that address both fully, and that ideally interrogate each other in new and surprising ways.

WHO’S ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

5CollDH Microgrants are open to all undergraduate students throughout the Five Colleges, or from mixed groups of students, faculty, and staff.

HOW DO I ACCESS THE MICROGRANT FUNDS?

Microgrant funds are made available to reimburse eligible expenditures. Receipts and/or other documentation will be required.

TALK TO ME ABOUT ‘REFLECTIVE OUTPUT.’

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

WHAT WON’T THE MICROGRANT FUND?

Outside of purchases that are illegal or unrelated to the proposed project, there are a few limitations on what can and cannot be purchased through the fellowship. Materials and travel monies cannot be used to purchase computers, tablets, or smartphones, although they can be used to purchase components (hard drives, RAM, etc.). The same goes for major electronics purchases such as DSLR cameras—lenses and SD cards are a possibility; the camera itself is not.

CAN I APPLY AS A GROUP?

Yes. 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 $250.

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

Yes. In fact, if our reviewers find the microgrant proposal 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.

MORE QUESTIONS?

Email us at [email protected].