Journal 4 – Professionalizing the Early Career Digital Humanist

Grant writing was the subject of our discussion this morning, and we focused on the professional and social networks that grant information flows through. Our class has a mix of people from the United States and Canada, so we covered both US and Canadian grant agencies.

Canadian funding agencies

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
  • Canadian Heritage
  • Province specific funding
  • Canada Council for the Arts

US funding agencies

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities (NEH ODH)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

Private Funding Organizations

  • Andrew W. Mellon
    • Scholarly Communication
    • Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities
  • MacArthur Foundation
    • Digital Media & Learning
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Wellcome Trust

Things to think about when proposing a DH project grant:
– the people receiving and deciding on the grant might not be steeped in the digital humanities or DH culture, be sure to explain things clearly and see the wider picture of the research

– not just inter-humanities, the sciences should be involved too, as a full partner, not just some type of technical support

– this can extend beyond the university or academia itself, or perhaps across institutions, perhaps even in different countries

Explaining equipment and space needs
– some items on the grant might not be approved or funded, but if these items are essential, be sure to include clear reasoning for the equipment or space, how it will be used, how long it will be needed for, and what will happen to the equipment at the end of the grant/research period

Making budgets seem reasonable
– this isn’t so much to make the budget small, but to make sure that all aspects of the project have been considered, this requires collaboration at the very beginning of the writing process

We also talked about “Dr. Karen Kelsky’s Foolproof Grant Template” at The structure of the proposal is clear, concise, and very persuasive. It’s a must-have formula for constructing grant proposals (as well as a thesis, abstract, or prospectus).

Dr. Karen Kelsky's Foolproof Grant Template at
Dr. Karen Kelsky’s Foolproof Grant Template at