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CHI supports digital humanities initiatives at Penn State through the Digital Humanities Grants program. The College of the Liberal Arts has created the Digital Humanities Grants program to provide seed funding for digital research projects in the humanities that are likely to produce excellent scholarship and raise the profile of humanities research at Penn State. These grants will be awarded once per year, with the request for proposals issued each Spring semester.

19/20 Digital Humanities Training Grants


In order to continue building capacity for innovative research and teaching at Penn State, the College of the Liberal Arts is supporting Digital Humanities Training Grants for its faculty and graduate students.


Tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Liberal Arts are eligible to apply for Digital Humanities Grants. We welcome applications from interdisciplinary teams that include members from other colleges and units internal to Penn State, but the Principal Investigator must be in Liberal Arts.


Use of Funds

Grant funds may be used to support:

  • Collaboration with leading innovators and researchers in the field.
  • Travel to support research activity and/or to meet with potential external funding sources.
  • Training in new research methods, including computer-oriented or statistical methods.
  • Technologies or equipment required by the project that are not normally provided by the departments and colleges.
  • Wages for project employees.
  • Graduate assistant stipends.


Grant funds may not be used to support:

  • Course buyouts.
  • Computer hardware, software, or other services that are normally provided by departments and colleges.


Funding Priorities

Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate:

  • Considerable promise for enhancing humanities scholarship through the use of digital technologies.
  • The potential to generate proposals for external funding.
  • Collaborative efforts among faculty and staff from different departments, units, and colleges at Penn State.
  • Collaborations with other institutions.


Proposal Submission Guidelines

Proposals should have the following components:

  1. Project Summary (1 page):

a)       Designated Principal Investigator (primary point of contact)

b)      Title of project

c)       Abstract (limited to 200 words)

d)      Names, Titles, Colleges, and Campuses of Team Members

e)       Amount requested

f)       Brief Project Timeline


  1. Project Narrative (1-3 pages):

a)       Explanation of the scholarly significance of the work.

b)      Brief description of any pertinent research already conducted.

c)       A description of the project’s structure and goals (what do you want to do? what will you accomplish?)

d)      Detailed timeline for the study.

e)       Team proposals should include proposed roles for each team member.

f)       Itemized budget request.

g)      Proposed outcomes, including funding opportunities to be pursued and potential publication/presentation venues.


Submission Process

  • Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 22, 2019.
  • Please submit proposals (as PDF files) to Eric Hayot (
  • Funding decisions will be announced within four weeks of the proposal submission deadline.


Expectations of Grant Recipients

PIs of funded proposals will be expected to:

  • Within 6 months of the grant project’s completion, submit a brief (1-2 pages) summary of the achieved project outcomes. This summary should include any publications or presentations that resulted from the grant-funded work.
  • Publish and/or present results in appropriate scholarly venues.
  • Adhere to Penn State research and intellectual property policies.
  • Apply for external funding.


Potential applicants are welcome to contact Eric Hayot ( with questions about the grant or their proposal.