NYU Digital Humanities Seed Grant Application

Application Deadline: January 29, 2020

NYU Research Technology has identified digital humanities as one of the University’s future areas of excellence. This is the first year of a multi-year granting program to identify and fund projects that can benefit the university community by creatively bridging humanistic scholarship with new forms of computation, digital publishing, and digitization. Digital humanities scholarship takes a variety of forms, from algorithmic analysis to public scholarship; there are no restrictions in form or subject area that can be funded under this program. We especially welcome projects that explore new forms of interaction between the humanities and data science; that give voice or expression to underrepresented communities; that engage with the urban fabric of the cities in which NYU has campuses; and that contribute to the emerging subfield of Global Digital Humanities.


Applications should not exceed three pages, plus a single-page budget summary, and any necessary letters of commitment. Successful projects will generally address the following elements:

Research Agenda, including an intellectual justification of the project.
An environmental scan describing similar or model projects to the one proposed here.
A work plan giving a timeline of the agenda to be pursued.
A human subjects plan if the work would require IRB (note that most humanities research will not).
A list of participants clearly spelling out their names, roles, and qualifications. In cases where a role is defined but no individual has yet been identified (e.g., ‘web developer’ or ‘undergraduate research assistant’, please provide a one-paragraph description of the person’s role.)
A sustainability plan, where relevant, explaining how digital assets created by this project will be managed and preserved. For a sense of full sustainability plans, see statements from NEH and IMLS. Applicants are encouraged to consult with Digital Scholarship Services about the feasibility of any plans. A preference will be given to projects that make any resources (scholarship, code, or data) openly available unless they give a justification here of the ways such openness would be detrimental to individuals or communities.
A future agenda describing the goals for this project beyond the granting period. This may include relevant granting programs for a larger version, a description of the impact or future use of resources created in the grant period. Projects will be given preference that hold promise to expand NYU’s institutional capacity to create high-quality Digital Humanities research. How do you plan to sustain the results of the project beyond the funding period?


Include a single page budget.

Grants may range in size between $2,000 and $20,000.

Permissible expenses include course buy-outs, partial summer salary, student stipends, and specific equipment, server time, or hosting. Personal computer purchases are not permitted. Training and conference travel may be included, but should be conceived with justification to a particular project. Final award amount is given at the discretion of the evaluation committee.

Letters of Commitment

Faculty requesting a course release must include a letter from their department chair (or, for Gallatin applicants, dean) indicating the department’s willingness to free the grantee from teaching assignments. It should specify the proposed course release and resulting course assignment and describe how the department will address the impact, if any, on the department’s undergraduate program.

Graduate Students must include two letters of support: 1) a letter from a faculty sponsor indicating their willingness to sponsor the project and meet occasionally with the student; and 2) a letter from the student’s Director of Graduate Studies indicating the department’s support of the student’s application.


Please address any questions to dh.help@nyu.edu.

Learn more about eligibility, the review process, schedule, and obligations on the NYU Digital Humanities Seed Grant webpage.