NYU Digital Humanities Seed Grant

Call for Proposals

The Research Technology Faculty Advisory Board (FAB) invites applications for an inaugural series of Digital Humanities Seed Grants. These grants are intended to fund the initial development of new research projects that will analyze digital sources, apply algorithmic methods to humanities data, or create digital publications, exhibits, or websites. The program will fund the initial steps of projects that may go on to receive greater funding from other sources or otherwise build NYU’s institutional capacity in Digital Humanities work.

Grants may range in size between $2,000 and $20,000. Collaborative projects are encouraged, but must include at least one NYU faculty member in the humanities. Graduate students may apply with a letter of commitment from a faculty sponsor.


Proposals must include at least one full-time NYU faculty member working in the humanities; collaborative projects are highly welcome. There are no restrictions on school, department, or rank, but proposals from faculty in interdisciplinary departments may wish to identify how their research identifies with the humanities.

Equal Opportunity Statement: NYU-funded programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. For more information, please visit https://www.nyu.edu/about/policies-guidelines-compliance/equal-opportunity.html.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee with experience in Digital Humanities projects. Projects will be judged on scholarly potential, technical feasibility, sustainability of any scholarly outputs produced, and their potential to serve as the foundation of some longer-term research project. The review committee will meet in early Winter 2020 and awards will be announced at the beginning of March.

The application period for this grant closes in January 2020; we anticipate a second series will be solicited in fall 2020.


December, 2019: CFP Circulated

January 29, 2020: Applications due.

February, 2020: Review panel meets for evaluation period.

March 1, 2020: Decisions announced, funds available. (Decisions expected to be released by mid-March 2020)

August 31, 2020: Project end date, funds must be spent down.


Prior to availability of funding, project members will consult with appropriate staff at Research Technology or the NYU library about their plans for creating and sustaining any digital resources.

Grantees will give two short presentations to the NYU committee, either as part of a panel at the Humanities Center or in some other agreed-upon setting. The first will be a work-in-progress talk after the grant period is underway; the second is after its completion and will be accompanied by a short white paper outlining the project’s successes, failures, and future potential.

Deadline: January 29, 2020

The application deadline for the current cycle has now passed.