ACLS Digital Extension Grants

American Council of Learned Societies

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Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 8, 2021 6:00pm PST

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty College / University

Funding uses: Conference, Research, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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ACLS invites applications for ACLS Digital Extension Grants, made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will help advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects and extending their reach to new communities of users.

This program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. To this end, projects supported by ACLS Digital Extension Grants may:
  • Extend established digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary reach
  • Develop new systems of making established digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions
  • Foster new team-based work or collaborations that allow scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure to exploit digital resources
  • Create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged
  • Support projects aimed at preserving and making sustainable established digital projects and content.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Projects must be hosted by an institution of higher education in the United States.
  • Project’s principal investigator must be a scholar in a field of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences.
  • Principal investigator must have a PhD degree conferred prior to the application deadline.
    • An established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the PhD in publications and professional experience may also qualify.
  • Each grant will provide up to $150,000 in funding, which may support a range of project costs, including, where necessary, salary replacement for faculty or staff, software, equipment, travel, or consultant fees.


  • Institutional indirect costs will not be covered.
  • ACLS grants may not support creative works (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translations, or purely pedagogical projects.