ACLS Digital Extension Grants - apply by January 16, 2019 (9pm ET)

American Council of Learned Societies
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 9:00pm


Grants Details

  • Awards provide funding of up to $150,000 for project costs. A portion of grant funds must go toward collaboration(s) with new project partners who could benefit from access to the infrastructure at the project’s host site or from substantive participation in the development of the project.
  • Grants may be used to cover salary replacement, staffing, equipment, and other costs.
  • Tenure: 12-18 months, to be initiated between July 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system ( no later than 9 pm Eastern Standard Time, January 16, 2019.
  • Notifications will be sent by mid-May, 2019.

ACLS invites applications for ACLS Digital Extension Grants, made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects and extending their reach to new communities of users.

This program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. To this end, projects supported by ACLS Digital Extension Grants may:

  • Develop new systems of making established digital research projects and resources available to broader scholarly audiences and/or scholars from institutions such as colleges and universities that serve underrepresented student populations (including HBCUs and HSIs), as well as institutions that historically have been underrepresented in digital humanities research, such as community colleges, regional public colleges and universities, and smaller private colleges.
  • Extend existing digital projects and resources with content that adds interdisciplinary reach or that diversifies the digital domain by incorporating materials or perspectives that have been underrepresented in the digital humanities.
  • Enhance established digital research projects by fostering new team-based collaborations among scholars at a range of career stages, with a special emphasis upon convening and training communities of faculty and graduate students, as well as expanding opportunities for scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure.
  • Create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities.

ACLS will award up to five Digital Extension Grants in this competition year. Each grant carries a maximum possible award of $150,000. The funds support a range of project costs, including, where necessary, salary replacement for faculty or staff, software, equipment, travel, and consultant fees; a portion of each proposed grant budget must be devoted to funding collaborations with and/or building networks among scholars of all career stages from US higher education institutions of diverse profiles.

ACLS grants may not support projects whose focus is the production of creative works (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translations, or purely pedagogical projects. Institutional indirect costs will not be covered.

Grants may support projects of 12-18 months in duration. Projects must be initiated between July 1 and December 31, 2019, and be completed no later than June 30, 2021.


  • The project must be hosted by an institution of higher education in the United States.
  • The project’s principal investigator must be a scholar in a field of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences.
  • The principal investigator must have a PhD degree conferred prior to the application deadline. (An established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the PhD in publications and professional experience may also qualify.)

Read more about the program's evaluation criteria and application requirements at



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