Friday, September 19, 2008

Digital Humanities Project

I know it is that time of year when you have so much time you were wondering if there were any grants for your online education project. Look no further. The National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities has a long list of institutional and individual grants they offer for humanities projects utilizing digital technology.

For example: (Institutional)

At my home institution, The University of Illinois at Springfield, the faculty senate is considering a resolution to Create a Temporary UIS Center for Online Learning, Research, and Services (COLRS). If the senate approves the measure it looks like the ODH may support such projects.

"Digital Humanities Challenge Grants—This program can help endow digital humanities centers and provide long-term support to humanities projects" (ODH website).

For Example: (Individual)

Faculty wishing to work with Digital Humanities Centers across a range of projects may be interested in the following.

"Fellowships at Digital Humanities Centers—This program supports collaboration between individual scholars and digital humanities centers. Grants fund both the fellow and the center for periods of six to twelve months. The intellectual cooperation between visiting scholar and center may take many different forms and may involve humanities scholars of any level of digital expertise" (ODH website).

These are only two of the possible grants the NEH and ODH administer. There are at least 11 grants covering a variety of approaches to digital technology and the humanities. Contact your campus development office if you are interested. They should be able to help you apply for such grants and take some of the pain out of the process.

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