Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Office of Digital Humanities

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$325,000 in outright, $50,000 in match

Open to


Expected output

Curricular Materials;
Computer Program;
Database/Archive/Digital Edition

Period of performance

Twelve to thirty-six months

Application available

Optional Draft due

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

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Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. You can find a discussion of the forms that experimentation can take in the Frequently Asked Questions document.

This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.

Through a special partnership with NEH and pending the availability of appropriated funds, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing additional funding to this program to encourage innovative collaborations between museum or library professionals and humanities professionals to advance preservation of, access to, use of, and engagement with digital collections and services. IMLS and NEH may jointly fund some DHAG projects that involve collaborations with museums and/or libraries.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants may involve

  • creating or enhancing experimental, computationally-based methods, techniques, or infrastructure that contribute to the humanities;
  • pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society; or
  • conducting evaluative studies that investigate the practices and the impact of digital scholarship on research, pedagogy, scholarly communication, and public engagement.

What’s New for 2019

Projects may involve researching and evaluating the practices of digital humanities and the impact of digital humanities.

For projects seeking to revitalize an existing digital humanities project, funds from this program may be used only for planning at the Level I stage.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants at both Level I and Level II stages may now support activities for periods of performance (award periods) up to twenty-four months.

Review your application package

As soon as you know you're ready to apply for this grant, make sure you register for a SAM number/DUNS number, and for a account as this is vital to the grants process. If you already have registered for these items, make sure they are up to date.

Begin by reading the full grant guidelines and studying the application. The files are linked below. You want to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application. 

Download Application Materials

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants Guidelines (PDF) application package for Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Budget Resources

Budget Instructions, October 2018 (PDF)

Budget Form, October 2018 (XLS)

Sample Budget, October 2018 (PDF)

Program Resources

Data Management Plans, 2019 (PDF)

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants Frequently Asked Questions, June 2019 (PDF)

List of recent awards in this program

DUNS Number Requirement

Sample Application Narratives

University of California, Santa Cruz, Preserving Cultural Software Objects and their Development Histories, Level I Grant

Creighton University, The Potential of Digital Archaeology, Level I Grant

University of Virginia, The Development of Digital Documentary Editing Platforms, Level I Grant

James Madison University, Circulating American Magazines, Level II Grant

University of Nebraska, Image Analysis for Archival Discovery, Level II Grant

St. John's University, Ensuring Access to Endangered and Inaccessible Manuscripts, Level III Grant

Stanford University, Data-driven Tools for Analyzing Relationships Across Time, Level III Grant

Complete your application package

Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the guidelines and in the instructions. 

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Program Statistics

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Funding Ratio
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Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program