Guidelines & Application for DLA Funding

The DLA funding program encourages Middlebury faculty and staff to try new digital methods, learn new digital skills, or master advanced digital skills that will enhance their teaching, research, or professional development. Emphasis is placed especially on needs that cannot be covered through other sources of internal funding.

What are some things the DLA fund?

Discovery phases for digital research:

• up to $3000 awarded on a rolling basis

• Training to acquire new digital skills

• Travel for digital scholarship exploration, workshops, or skills acquisition

• Acquisition of necessary software or hardware

• Conference travel related to digital scholarship

• Hiring of student research assistants to contribute to a project

• Digital curricular development

• Honoraria or consultation fees for experts outside Middlebury

Larger projects:

• Up to $10,000 with submission deadlines of Nov. 1, Jan 15, March 1, and May 15.

• Training

• Travel

• hardware, software

• student researchers

• outside consultants or collaborators

DLA Faculty Fellowships:

• for semester or year-long projects by faculty eligible to be on leave the following year

• salary supplement of $5,000 for a full-year fellowship or $2,500 for a half-year fellowship; generally due in December of the previous year)

The DLA Executive Committee, which consists of faculty, staff, and administrators, evaluates proposals. We try to respond to all proposals within two to three weeks and provide feedback on both funded and unfunded submissions. We welcome resubmissions that respond to comments on proposals.

How do I get started?

We strongly encourage you to consult with Acting Director of the DLA Michael Kramer prior to applying for funding. To request a consultation, email

Examples of funded projects can be found here. We heartily welcome new ideas for funding that have not been done before but fit within the parameters of advancing digital scholarship at Middlebury.

What is expected if I receive funding?

• The DLA will help you connect with technical experts on staff in the Library and the Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry for additional consultation and continue to provide ongoing advice and guidance

• Mentoring of student research assistants

• A final report once the funded scholarship is completed

• Three brief blog posts on the funded digital scholarship for the DLA website. These can be written in collaboration with student research assistants or staff when applicable and the DLA will provide editorial assistance and consultation. When possible and relevant, multimedia elements can be included with posts:

• An initial post that explains the funded scholarship (perhaps building on the language in the proposal)

• A project-in-progress report that reports on how the scholarship is developing (particularly for more long-term funded projects)

• A reflection on the funded work at its conclusion (this can draw upon language in the final report)

Examples of blog posts:

Florence Feiereisen, “Sounding Out the Spaces of Berlin’s Working-Class Life”

Erin Wolcott, “Data Journalist from the New York Times Visits Middlebury”

Erin Davis, “From Podcast to Page”

Jason Mittell, “Jason Mittell Attends Peer Review Transparency Meeting”