ACLS Digital Extension Grants - deadline January 25, 2017

ACLS Digital Extension Grants - deadline January 25, 2017

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to invite applications for grants to support the extension of digital scholarship in the humanities. 

ACLS Digital Extension Grants, made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will support teams of scholars as they enhance established digital projects with the goal of engaging new audiences across a range of academic communities and institutions. 

The Digital Extension Grant program builds upon the successes of ACLS’s recently concluded Digital Innovation Fellowship program, which over ten years funded 60 scholars pursuing computationally sophisticated approaches to humanistic research. In recognition of the collaborative nature of much digital scholarship,  the Digital Extension Grant program provides flexible support at the level of the digital research project as opposed to the individual scholar. 

ACLS Digital Extension Grants may:

  • Extend established digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary reach
  • Develop new systems of making established digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions
  • Foster new team-based work or collaborations that allow scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure to exploit digital resources
  • Create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged
  • Support projects aimed at preserving and making sustainable established digital projects and content.

ACLS will award up to six Digital Extension Grants in this competition year. Each grant provides funding of up to $125,000 to support a range of project costs, including, where necessary, salary replacement for faculty or staff. As this program places special emphasis on extending access to digital research opportunities to scholars working at US colleges and universities of all categories, applicants also may request up to an additional $25,000 to fund concrete plans to collaborate with and build networks among scholars from US higher education institutions of diverse profiles. Thus each grant carries a maximum possible award of $150,000.

Proposals must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system, which is now accepting applications. All applications must be received no later than 9pm EST, January 25, 2017. Further information about the program and eligibility criteria is available online at Questions may be directed to


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