Digital Ethnic Futures
Grants

Grants

Funding Opportunities

From 2021-2024, with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, DEFCon will disburse over $300,000 in grants to faculty and librarians at public colleges and universities (excluding R1s) to support course and curriculum development. Over $275,000 will compensate mentors to support grant recipients.

Check out our opportunities below for teaching, curricular development, and mentorship, as well as our frequently asked questions.

Please direct questions about funding opportunities to Roopika Risam (Consortium Director) at digitalethnicfutures [at] gmail [dot] com.

DEFCon Teaching Fellowships

In academic year 2021-2022, DEFCon awarded 30 teaching fellowships. For a full list of recipients, please visit our 2021-2022 Grants Recipients page for complete information about the courses being developed or see a list of fellows. The CFP for academic year 2022-2023 will be released in Fall 2022.

CFP: DEFCon Teaching Fellowships 2022

Eligibility: Faculty (contingent and tenure-line) and librarians at four-year public universities (excluding R1s) in the U.S. or U.S. territories at emerging stages of digital humanities practice who wish to develop a course in ethnic studies that integrates digital humanities methodologies
Due: January 10, 2022

Informational Webinar: December 13, 2022, 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific – View webinar recording
Application

DEFCon Teaching Fellowships are 8-month fellowships that support course design with the goal of positioning recipients to subsequently apply for a DEFCon Capacity Building Fellowship the following year, if they wish. DEFCon Teaching Fellows develop a course that explores topics from one or more ethnic studies fields (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American studies) and digital humanities. DEFCon Teaching Fellows receive a stipend of $2,500 (50 hours @ $50/hour), which can be used as compensation for work time, to pay for childcare, and/or offset the costs of attending digital humanities training institutes, such as the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT), and DREAMLab. They will meet bi-weekly with a mentor and monthly with a group of fellows, led DEFCon Steering Committee member. The deliverable for the DEFCon Teaching Fellowship is a syllabus.

Recipients must be members of DEFCon. Joining DEFCon is free and easy! See our Community page for details.

Deadline: January 10, 2022
Notification: January 24, 2022
Deliverable Due: September 1, 2022
Stipend Disbursement: September 15, 2022

DEFCon Capacity Building Fellowships

In academic year 2021-2022, we did not award any DEFCon Capacity Building Fellowships. We hope that by awarding more DEFCon Teaching Fellowships than we had previously planned, we’ll build up the pool of faculty who wish to pursue curricular development in subsequent years.

CFP: DEFCon Capacity Building Fellowships 2022

Eligibility: Faculty and librarians at four-year public universities (excluding R1s) in the U.S. or U.S. territories who have previously developed a course independently or through a DEFCon Teaching Fellowship but have not developed curricular initiatives (minors, certificates, majors). Contingent faculty are eligible, provided that they hold a role in which they participate in curricular development at their institution.
Due: January 10, 2022

Informational Webinar: December 13, 2022, 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific – View webinar recording
Application

DEFCon Capacity Building Fellowships are 8-month fellowships to support curricular design (e.g. minors or certificates). DEFCon Capacity Building Fellows develop curriculum (e.g. minors, certificates) in digital humanities with strong engagement with one or more ethnic studies fields (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American studies). DEFCon Capacity Building Fellows receive a stipend of $5,000 (100 hours @ $50/hour), which can be used as compensation for work time, to pay for childcare, and/or pay for professional development for faculty colleagues who will teach in the program being developed. They will meet bi-weekly with a mentor and monthly with a group of fellows, led DEFCon Steering Committee member. The deliverables for the DEFCon Capacity Building Fellowship are a curriculum map, course syllabi, and a governance timeline for the program being developed.

Recipients must be members of DEFCon. Joining DEFCon is free and easy! See our Community page for details.

Deadline: January 10, 2022
Notification: January 24, 2022
Deliverable Due: September 1, 2022
Stipend Disbursement: September 15, 2022

DEFCon Mentors

In academic year 2021-2022, DEFCon supported the work of 25 mentors who work with teaching fellows. For information about the faculty and courses with whom our mentors are shaing their expertise, please visit our 2021-2022 Grants Recipients page or see a list of mentors. The CFP for academic year 2022-2023 will be released in Fall 2022.

CFP: DEFCon Mentors 2022

Eligibility: Digital humanities practitioners in the U.S. or U.S. territories with prior experience
Due: January 15, 2022

Informational Webinar: December 13, 2022, 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific – View webinar recording
Application

Faculty, librarians, technologists, and staff with expertise in digital humanities will be selected to mentor recipients of DEFCon Teaching and Capacity Building Fellowships on topics such as curricular development, project management in the classroom, data management, sustainability of classroom digital humanities projects, and sunsetting to regrantees. Mentors will receive stipends of $2,500 for eight months (50 hours @ $50/hr). They will meet bi-weekly for an hour with their assigned regrantee and provide additional consultation, offering advice, review, and feedback on syllabi, assignments, or curriculum design. The Consortium Director will also meet bi-monthly with mentors to support their work and troubleshoot challenges they may encounter.

Recipients must be members of DEFCon. Joining DEFCon is free and easy! See our Join page for details.

Deadline: January 15, 2022
Notification: January 31, 2022
Stipend Disbursement: September 15, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

What is digital humanities?

We wish we knew. This is a question that has been debated for more than a decade. For our purposes, digital humanities includes the use of computational tools (digital mapping, creating digital editions or exhibits, data visualization, quantitative textual analysis) to analyze history, literature, and culture, as well as using our frameworks for humanistic inquiry to analyze digital cultures (digital communities online and other ways people connect through technologies), objects (TikToks, Instagram posts), and platforms (Twitter, Facebook).

How can I learn more about digital humanities and digital pedagogy?

We suggest a few (free!) resources:

Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities, edited by Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers, has a wealth of resources for teaching in digital humanities. The book is organized by keywords and includes lesson plans, activities, syllabi — it’s a treasure trove!

The Digital Black Atlantic, edited by Roopika Risam and Kelly Baker Josephs, and featuring essays by DEFCon’s own Sonya Donaldson, Jamila Moore Pewu, and Toniesha Taylor, offers a broad look at the many methods that make up digital humanities in the African diaspora.

Reviews in Digital Humanities, edited by Jennifer Guiliano and Roopika Risam, is a journal that peer reviews digital humanities projects. There’s also a project registry that allows users to browse projects by name, time period, field of study, and topic and method. The Curriculum and Pedagogy page has reviews of projects that have been undertaken with students.

Can I apply for a fellowship and apply to be a mentor?

Technically, yes! We can imagine a situation where you might be applying for a Capacity Building Fellowship and want to mentor a teaching fellow. Since we want to spread around our support, if all else is equal among candidates, we’d likely award one.

Are faculty at private universities eligible for fellowships?

Given the terms of our funding, we can only award fellowships to faculty (contingent and tenure-line) and teaching librarians at public universities. Those at private universities can apply to be mentors and are warmly welcomed to participate in our speaker series, networking events, and virtual annual meeting.

Do applicants need to be able to describe how digital humanities fits into their course or can they learn during the fellowship?

Successful applicants will be able to articulate a general sense of how digital humanities fits into a course. The fellowship period can be used to work out the details and to hone ideas with your mentor and through meet-ups with a Steering Committee member. Check out the resources above for help. Consortium Director Roopika Risam is also happy to help give suggestions – email her at digitalethnicfutures@gmail.com.

Are graduate students eligible to apply for fellowships?

As long as you are teaching a course, yes! You would be eligible for a Teaching Fellowship. If you are a graduate student and a faculty member in a position to participate in curriculum development, you would also be eligible for a Capacity Building Fellowship.

Are graduate students at R1s eligible to apply to be mentors?

Absolutely — anyone, at any type of university, with digital humanities skills can apply to be a mentor.

My university is technically an R1 but only has professional graduate programs. Am I eligible for fellowships?

This would be handled on a case-by-case basis. Contact Consortium Director Roopika Risam at digitalethnicfutures@gmail.com to discuss.

Can teams apply for fellowships?

Definitely! We would only give award one fellowship to a team.

Can I teach a course in a language other than English?

Yes! Digital humanities has been successfully integrated into language-learning courses and upper-level courses.

Do COIL courses qualify for Teaching Fellowships?

COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) courses would be eligible if digital humanities and one or more ethnic studies fields (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and/or Asian American) are par of course content. A course would not be eligible simply by being a COIL if the content does not align with our goals.

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