Project Incubation

Digital Humanities Forum

  1. Project title and 1-2 sentence description of the proposed project.
  2. CVs for the principal investigator (PI) and other participants.
  3. Project description: 500-750 words describing project, intended audience, source materials, and end-products (e.g., a searchable database, new digitized content or collection, interactive maps, textual analysis, a website, etc.). If applicable, cite other projects with similar capabilities that you would like to emulate.
  4. Timeline (estimated) and budget ($5,000 or less).


Project Incubation

The Digital Humanities Forum pilot initiative has now yielded the Price Lab for Digital Humanities. All Digital Humanities Forum funding applications are now closed. For new and exciting funding opportunities, see the Price Lab for Digital Humanities website, coming this August.

We provide support for digital humanities projects in the early stages of development, assisting faculty researchers to structure their projects soundly, identify existing digital tools and resources, coordinate with librarians and technology specialists on campus, estimate project costs and duration, and prepare effective grant proposals.

We are not currently able to serve as the main funding source for large ongoing DH projects. But we are ready to begin sponsoring new projects which could be incorporated into our funding proposals and our wider ambitions for a second phase of the DH Forum starting in 2015.

Applications for Project Incubation Support are reviewed twice each year, in the fall and spring. Spring 2015 applications are now being accepted. The suggested application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2015.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE to apply for Project Incubation Support?

Applicants may be either students or faculty of SAS. If applying as a student, you must name a faculty advisor or collaborator on the project, and include that faculty member's contact information and CV with your application.
WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS will the DH Forum support?
Some of the major strands of DH research are in the areas of text mining, textual editing, data curation, new media and gaming studies, GIS mapping and other data visualization techniques, image analysis, and sound studies. But we understand digital humanities to be a diffuse and constantly evolving set of practices with no clear boundaries, and we are prepared to consider all applications on their merits and to provide feedback in every case. (See list of previously funded projects)
WHAT KINDS OF SUPPORT can the DH Forum provide?
We can support your project in two ways, with guidance and with funding:

Specific guidance will be provided by library and technology specialists as well as faculty working in various disciplines. Our input and advice may take the following forms:  

  • identifying the people and resources at Penn best positioned to contribute to your project, and helping you to collaborate with them
  • calling your attention to existing digital humanities tools and resources on campus and beyond, as well as related research projects already underway
  • helping you to formulate research questions appropriate to digital humanities scholarship
  • advising you on the various options and best practices for documenting your work and for managing, storing, and disseminating the data produced by your research
  • suggesting possible funding sources and offering advice on how to write a successful grant proposal

Funding. We can provide small planning grants of up to $5,000 to cover such costs as development of a quick prototype or proof-of-concept, or to offset travel expenses for planning meetings with co-investigators or other project collaborators outside of Penn.