Call for Applications: Emerging Project Fund

Feb 23, 2022

Deadline: 25 March 2022

The Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) is a tri-campus research initiative that was funded by the University of Toronto’s Institutional Strategic Initiatives (ISI) Program in December 2020 for 3 years (Jan 2021-April 30, 2024). Building on the Digital Humanities Network (DHN) founded at the University of Toronto in 2016, the CDHI positions the University of Toronto as a global leader in bringing questions of power and inequality to digital humanities research.  

The Critical Digital Humanities Initiative’s Emerging Project Fund offers funding for time-limited, faculty and librarian digital humanities project planning, international partnership networking, and/or tool-building through competitive seed grants. Each award of $4,000 is designed to support faculty/librarian research in critical digital humanities. The Emerging Projects Fund particularly seeks to build research projects and teams that will be well positioned to apply for Tri-Council or other funding in the future.  

While all DH scholars are encouraged to apply, we will prioritize research projects engaged in critical digital humanities: research that emphasizes questions of power, social justice, and critical theory in making and analyzing digital technologies. We also encourage applications for critical digital humanities projects that foreground creative praxis, co-creation, public engagement, and community-based research.  

Eligibility  

All full-time faculty members and librarians at the University of Toronto, including research stream, teaching stream, and CLTAs. In the case of multi-university teams or community partnerships, the lead applicant must be a U of T faculty member.   

Funds Awarded  

Applications will be considered for budgets up to $4,000.  

Application Requirements  

Using language appropriate to a multi-disciplinary audience, please include the following information about the proposed project:  

  1. A cover sheet, accessible at this link.  
  2. 1-2 page project description that addresses the following:  
  • An explanation of the project, with research questions.  
  • A description of the methodological approach (please contextualize in relationship to any work you have already undertaken in digital humanities).  
  • A statement on how the project addresses CDHI goals of research that emphasizes questions of power, social justice, and critical theory in making and analyzing digital technologies. If applicable, discuss how your work foregrounds creative praxis, co-creation, public engagement, and community-based research.  
  • A brief description of the team (if applicable).  
  • A short budget with a justification for spending.  
  • A bibliography (optional)  

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF using standard font and spacing (single spacing is fine). Please email to: dhn.admin@utoronto.ca by the deadline of 11:59 pm on 25 March 2022.  

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Dr. Danielle Taschereau Mamers, CDHI Managing Director at d.taschereau@utoronto.ca. If you would like some pointers about who to connect to regarding finding the expertise you need to get your project of the ground, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Parke, Senior Research Associate in Humanities and Social Sciences (based at UTM, but with a tri-campus mandate for this work) at elizabeth.parke@utoronto.ca.  

Evaluation  

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:  

  • Clarity and significance of research questions and project goals.  
  • Clear methodology, suited to DH as a field.  
  • Project is in its early stages, rather than already well-supported with research funds.  
  • Project’s relationship to research that emphasizes questions of power, social justice, and critical theory in making and analyzing digital technologies.  

Adjudication  

An interdisciplinary subcommittee drawn from the CDHI Steering Committee will be responsible for adjudicating applications. The CDHI Steering Committee is composed of community partners, faculty researchers, and digital scholarship librarians from each of the three campuses, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the Faculty of Information.   

Reporting  

Awardees will be expected to report on use of the seed funding by 1 April 2023. Recipients should anticipate submitting a brief report describing what was accomplished or what outcomes were achieved with the funds.   

How to Reach Us  

To contact the Faculty Director, Elspeth Brown, please write: dhn.director@utoronto.ca. To reach the CDHI team, please write: dhn.admin@utoronto.ca. To subscribe to the our biweekly newsletter, please follow this link and complete our sign-up form. To join our list-serv, please write: dhn.admin@utoronto.ca. Follow us on Twitter at @UofTDHN. For everything CDHI, please visit our website: https://dhn.utoronto.ca/ 

For Cover Sheet, please click this link.  

Open Calls for Funding

Call for Funding: Graduate Fellowship in Critical Digital Humanities

Deadline: 13 May 2022. The CDHI Graduate Fellowship in Critical Digital Humanities supports a small interdisciplinary cohort of University of Toronto Ph.D. candidates engaged in DH research over the 2022-23 academic year. Students form a community of practice and participate in DH methods training workshops, research symposia, other CDHI events.

Summer Undergraduate Fellowships in Critical Digital Humanities

CDHI is pleased to announce Undergraduate Fellowships in Critical Digital Humanities for May-August 2022. The program embeds undergraduate student researchers within existing critical digital humanities research projects at U of T. Deadline: 25 March 2022

Call for Funding: CDHI Postdoctoral Fellowship in Community Data (2022-24)

The Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) is pleased to announce a new postdoctoral fellowship program, with a focus on Community Data. The program will support two interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellows for two academic years, 2022-24. One fellow will be affiliated with the University of Toronto Faculty of Information (iSchool). One fellow will be affiliated with University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).