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Deadline: January 8, 2020

American Council of Learned Societies: Digital Extension Grants

The Digital Extension Grants program will support digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will 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.

The program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. Digital Extension Grants support projects that have advanced beyond the start-up phase of development as they pursue 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.
  • 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.
  • Creating new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged.

Digital Extension Grant funds will support a range of project costs, including, where necessary, salary replacement for faculty or staff, software, equipment, travel, lodging, meeting costs, and consultant fees. A portion of each proposed grant budget must be devoted to funding collaborations with and/or building networks among scholars of all career stages from US higher education institutions of diverse profiles.

Amount: A total of up to five awards of up to $150,000 will be made for project periods that cover 12-18 months.


  • Projects must be hosted by an institution of higher education in the United States.
  • Project’s principal investigator must be a scholar in a field of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences.
  • Principal investigator 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.

Link: https://www.acls.org/programs/digitalextension/

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