Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships - Faculty

4 awards granted each year. Applications considered in fall funding round only.


UW tenure-track faculty at all ranks with the exception of assistant professors in their first year of active service. (As of 2016, faculty who have already received digital humanities fellowships may apply again to continue work on the same project.)


The Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships support scholars pursuing research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways and/or explore the historical, social, aesthetic, and cross-cultural implications of digital cultures. Joint applications for a collaborative research project are encouraged. Faculty members are also encouraged to include short-term collaborators or consultants in adjacent fields, such as design, information science, and digital preservation, whether from the UW or other academic institutions and cultural organizations. 

We are particularly interested in projects that address the goal of reaching beyond the border between the academy and the larger public. We encourage proposals from faculty who are experimenting with videographic criticism (see [in]Transition: A Media Commons Project). We also encourage applications from scholars using the open-source multimodal authoring and publishing platform Scalar for long-form digital scholarship; the Simpson Center is an affiliate of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, which developed Scalar. 

Digital projects may be conceived as a complement to a print project.


Awards are based predominantly on the scholarly merit of the applications as well as the level of preparation demonstrated by applicants to undertake and complete the project. Projects do not necessarily have to be completed during the summer fellowship term.

Terms of Award

  • Each awardee will receive $7,500 in summer salary (plus benefits) as well as a research budget of $2,500. These funds may be used for travel to conferences related to the project, purchase of access to digital collections, participation in digital humanities workshops, such as the University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute, etc. Research funds remain available to fellows until the following June. The intended use of these funds for these purposes does not need to be outlined in the proposal.  
  • Faculty are encouraged to request additional project support in two broad categories: collaborators and digital tools. There is a pool of $19,000 to be shared across all faculty projects for collaborators (research, design, programming, etc.); requests may include salary, stipends, honoraria, and hourly support for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, off-campus consultants, etc., as well as funds to facilitate meetings between geographically distributed collaborators. The total funding for digital tools (hardware, software, licensing agreements, etc.) is $7,500. With regard to digital tools, major hardware will remain in the Simpson Center. 

    A budget and a rationale for these expenses must be included in the proposal. See the right column of this page for a sample list of the kinds of expenses in the 2 categories of collaborators and digital tools and a sample budget for a hypothetical literary editing project.

Summer Residency

Participation in the 6 to 8 weekly late afternoon meetings of the Digital Humanities Commons is required; this fellowship is not appropriate for those whose projects require time away from the university in the summer. 

Application Materials

  • Proposal Narrative. Limit 1,750 words (approximately 6 double-spaced pages).
    Proposal narratives should describe the research project in language clear to non-specialists in their scholarly field. Please refer to the guidelines for the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships. Narratives should address:
    • Intellectual ambitions and objectives of the project
    • Significance to scholarship in the field and outside the field
    • Methodology/ies
    • Timeline (progress to date and what will be accomplished during the summer) and project plan
    • Preparation to undertake research if the applicant will be using digital tools
    • The sustainability of the project: presentation, dissemination, and preservation of the project
    • Pertinent intellectual property issues, with bearing on who will have rights and/or access to the knowledge/products generated by the project.
  • Bibliography. Limit 550 words. Select primary and secondary sources directly related to the project.
  • CV. Please limit to three pages.
  • Letter of Support. Limit one, from a colleague knowledgeable about your field of research.
  • Budget and Budget Rationale for Collaborators and for Digital Tools. This is an essential element for those seeking project support beyond the $2,500 each awardee will receive. The proposed budget should be accompanied by a rationale for individual items and a note on their priority, detailing the highest to the lowest priority. See the right column of this page for a sample list of the kinds of expenses that are envisioned and a budget for a particular project.



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