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NEH and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Announce Fellowships for Digital Publication

Inaugural competition results in eight fellows to produce "born digital" humanities research.

NEH and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Announce Fellowships for Digital Publica

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 11, 2017) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is proud to join the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in announcing the recipients of the first round of NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication. The new special opportunity within NEH’s fellowship program is intended to stimulate the emerging field of digital publication.

Each of the eight projects receiving funding was conceived as digital because the nature of the research and the topics addressed demanded presentation beyond traditional print publication. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation, the largest public and private funders of the humanities in the United States, are working to ensure that scholarship in fields such as musicology and media studies can be fully explored and appreciated.  

“The National Endowment for the Humanities is excited to partner with the Mellon Foundation to support outstanding scholarship on digital platforms,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “We look forward to seeing the groundbreaking work produced by the recipients of the Fellowship for Digital Publication.”

“The Mellon Foundation is pleased to join with the NEH in announcing the inaugural recipients of the NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publications,” said Earl Lewis, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “These eight projects will help scholars in the humanities convey the results of their research to new audiences using new digital media.” 

The world of digital publishing is still evolving and expanding. To accommodate this, the application guidelines for this special opportunity were intentionally left open to interpretation, resulting in a wide variety of applications. The projects being funded this year cover a broad range of subjects, running the gamut from a new tool that will allow users to discover construction costs for ancient buildings to an interactive map of Renaissance Venice that will include videos, 3D models, and scholarly essays. 

This is the first of three years that the NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication will be awarded. After 2018, the National Endowment for the Humanities will continue to support digital scholars through its fellowship program. The Endowment hopes that showing support for the field of digital publication through this special program will encourage more applicants to come forward in the future, even after the special opportunity comes to an end.

See the full list of NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication projects here

For more information about how to apply to the upcoming April 12, 2017 deadline for NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, please consult our guidelines page

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