Digital Humanities Fellowship Awards - The HistoryMakers

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March 1, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Public History, Research and Methodology, Social Sciences, African American History / Studies


The HistoryMakers – the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive – invites applications for one of two $5,000 Digital Humanities Fellowship awards created from funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for the period of Summer 2019 (April–September 2019). Submission is open to individuals or groups of faculty at all stages of their careers, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Applicant’s work must come out of their use of, and/or be inspired by, content from The HistoryMakers Digital Archive.

The HistoryMakers Digital Humanities Fellowship awards will be awarded to digital humanities scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression, analysis, and/or digital publication. Projects must advance a scholarly argument through digital means and tools, and should incorporate visual, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways to address issues in African American history, the digital humanities, or general humanities, as well as an active distribution plan. Stand-alone databases and other projects that lack an interpretive argument are not eligible. Award funds are meant to provide research, travel, and project support; as well as general career advancement. The fellowship awards are expected to culminate in the realization of the proposed work, as well as its presentation. Finished products generated by awardees will be featured on The HistoryMakers website, and will compete for inclusion in The HistoryMakers 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Library of Congress (November 6-7, 2020).

See an example dataset that would be provided as the basis of projects here:



Applicants must be currently enrolled students or faculty members of an accredited four year university in the United States. Institutional access to The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is not required, and will be made available for awardees. Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or unconditional permanent residents. Applicants need not have special expertise in African American history.


Judging Criteria

  • The degree with which The HistoryMakers Digital Archive or content is incorporated, and connected with other primary sources.
  • Alignment with The HistoryMakers mission to educate the world about African American life, history, and culture.
  • Scholarly excellence, in terms of the project’s intellectual ambitions and technological underpinnings.
  • The project’s feasibility.
  • The project’s intellectual, technological, and institutional sustainability.
  • The project’s portability, accessibility, and scalability. Will it be widely used by the scholarly field it concerns?
  • The project’s articulation with local infrastructure at the applicant’s home institution or at The HistoryMakers.
  • Presentation/exhibition of the proposed work at a scholarly conference.

Award Amount:


Fellowship Duration:

April 2019 – September 2019

Application Deadline

Friday, March 1, 2019


Application Procedure:

Please submit a letter of intent listing all participants, a brief cv/resume for all participants (3 pages or less), as well as a proposal narrative and budget (3-5 pages), detailing the following:

  1. What is the title of your project?
  2. Please provide a description of your proposed project.
  3. What is your overall goal and how does it relate to The HistoryMakers content?
  4. To what degree is The HistoryMakers Digital Archive or content incorporated into your proposed work? 
  5. Please describe your plan in regards to your project’s sustainability, scalability, dissemination, and preservation, and include a statement addressing intellectual property issues. 
  6. How is your project aligned with The HistoryMakers mission to educate the world about African American life, history, and culture?
  7. Please provide itemized budget information, detailing how much money you are allocating to each specified task.

            **Note: Funds are not restricted in their use, but all funds MUST be exhausted by the end of the fellowship period [August 31, 2019],                    unless they have been allocated to conference travel/registration fees.

  1. Please provide samples of any other digital humanities projects you have worked on.
Contact Info: 

Dionti Davis, Education Coordinator | (312) 674-1900

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