Digital Humanities Research Grant

The Digital Humanities Research Grant is intended to enable PhD students in the humanities to access specialized training. Awards up to $2,500 will be granted to assist PhD students requiring training in digital technologies (e.g. big data, digital collation and analysis, digital object management and analysis, digital encoding, etc.) directly in support of dissertation research. 

Recipients of grants are determined by a committee. Decisions are based on the committee’s evaluations and the availability of funds.

See the application guidelines below for an explanation of allowable and non-allowable expenses. Funds are expected to be used within a 12 month period.

Deadline

The third week of each fall, winter and spring quarters:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Eligibility

  • Humanities PhD students in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication and Bienen School of Music programs are eligible to apply.
  • Prior to the beginning of the award period, the applicant must have completed no fewer than 3 and no more than 19 quarters of full-time registration toward the PhD degree in TGS.
  • Awards will not be granted for retroactive payments.
  • Feasibility of the project goals and Northwestern’s ability to supply necessary technical knowledge, facilities and support pre- and post-award supported training are crucial considerations. Applicants are urged to consult the Digial Humanities Library Guide or Multi-Media Learning Center for advice.
  • Applicants are expected to have made all reasonable efforts to exhaust opportunities for study in the Chicago region before making an application. This should be explained in the application.
  • Students are eligible for a maximum of two Digital Humanities Research Grants over their entire course of study in TGS. Preference will be given to those applying for the first time.
  • Students may utilize grant funds only while students in The Graduate School at Northwestern.  Should students graduate or otherwise depart the University prior to completion of the project and/or expenditure of funds, funds must be returned to The Graduate School.

Award

Awards up to $2,500 will be granted to assist PhD students requiring training in digital technologies (e.g. big data, digital collation and analysis, digital object management and analysis, digital encoding, etc.) directly in support of dissertation research. 

Review Process and Criteria

Recipients of grants are determined by a committee. Decisions are based on the committee’s evaluations and the availability of funds.

Application Instructions

The materials described below must be collected into a single PDF file and submitted by the person designated to be the TGS nominator for the department/program. Applications should be submitted via email to Kate Veraldi.

1. Cover sheet 

List the following information:

  • Student Name
  • Student (EMPL) ID number
  • Program of study
  • NU Email address
  • Amount requested: ($2500 Maximum)
  • Research/project title or topic
  • Proposed training location/name of training opportunity
  • Advisor name
  • Admit term and year

2. Description of the research project and related training opportunity

Not to exceed three double spaced pages. It should include:

  • An overview of the dissertation research project.
  • A description of the digital technology that is necessary for the project.
  • A description of the proposed training opportunity and how it will result in the necessary proficiency in the digital technology.
  • A statement about Northwestern’s ability to supply the necessary technical knowledge, facilities, and/or support in order to make the project feasible.
  • A statement about why training outside of the Chicagoland area is necessary.
  • Endnotes, references, or pictures do not count toward the page limit, but may not exceed two additional pages.

3. Itemized budget

List estimated expenses and total amount requested using the budget worksheet. The itemized budget should not be used to circumvent the project description page limitation. Allowable expenses include tuition, travel (transportation, per diem, lodging), and/or other direct costs related to:

  • Instructional or consultative opportunities.
  • Access to software, databases, or collections.
  • Experience in specialized labs or other analogous activities outside the Chicago metropolitan area, including within CIC partner institutions beyond the Chicago metro area.
  • Applications to participate in justifiable training events are eligible; however conference travel support to a give a paper, support for website development, pedagogical applications, or events with unspecified training benefits would not.

4. Curriculum vitae (in the format specified in the template)

5. Unofficial Northwestern transcript

6. Letter of recommendation

Should be from a Northwestern-based research advisor (a member of TGS’s graduate faculty) that addresses:

  • The quality of the research project.
  • The relevance of the proposal to the applicant’s research project or trajectory.
  • The skills needed for research and how this training will be instrumental and well timed, and an account of how Northwestern’s digital humanities infrastructure is equipped to assist in the run-up to and/or aftermath of this training (to ensure the project’s continuing viability). Consultation with the staff of Digital Scholarship Services and Multi-Media Learning Center is encouraged.

Award Information

Awards are announced at the end of the quarter with funds transferred for use the following quarter or thereafter.

Contact

Email Kate Veraldi for more information.