Guidelines & Application

The DLA funding program encourages Middlebury faculty and staff to try new methods, learn new skills, and master advanced approaches that will enhance their digital scholarship. We particularly support faculty research, but also assist with pedagogical projects and professional development in relation to digital endeavors. The DLA also offers consultation on external funding opportunities (we also send out a monthly email of external digital scholarship opportunities as part of our monthly mailing list).

We strongly encourage meeting with Sarah Payne, Postdoctoral Fellow in the DLA, before submitting a proposal. Click here to schedule a consultation with Sarah.

What does DLA fund?

DLA generally funds four types of project-based proposals:

  1. Micro-grants for discovery phases of research up to $500. This could include software licensing, hardware acquisition, online course fees, or discovery-phase student research assistance salary. 
  2. Contribution to travel and other expenses for digital scholarship exploration, workshops, or skills acquisition up to $1000. Examples include the Digital Pedagogy Lab, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), the Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching Institute (HILT), and THATCamps.
  3. Contribution to honoraria and travel expenses to bring a digital expert to Middlebury up to $1000. Past speakers include Quoctrung Bui, Graphics Editor for the New York Times, and Scott Saul, Professor of English and American Studies at University of California-Berkeley.
  4. Funding for existing, ongoing projects up to $3000. Funds may be used for student research assistance, software licensing, or hardware acquisition. Student responsibilities include, but are not limited to, research into digital tools, development of databases, digital animation, website design, digital mapping, network analysis, podcast recording, and video production.

Examples of DLA funded projects can be found here.

In addition, we also fund 2-4 DLA Fellowships as part of our Faculty Fellows Program.

Faculty and staff often seek to draw from multiple funding sources: additional funding for digital scholarship is available from the CTLR, DLINQ, and other units of Middlebury; these funding streams can be combined with DLA funding.

How does the application process work?

There are four deadlines per year for proposals: November 15, January 15, March 15, and May 15.

In special circumstances, if funding needs do not line up effectively with the deadlines, the DLA Executive Committee will consider proposals at other times.

All proposals will receive substantive feedback from the DLA Executive Committee, which consists of faculty, staff, and administrators; if DLA is unable to award funding immediately, all proposals are eligible for revision and resubmission in the next round of consideration.

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. 

You will be expected to thoughtfully mentor student research assistants, produce a final report once the funded scholarship is completed, and write three brief blog posts for the DLA website. 

Blog posts should be written at roughly the beginning, middle, and end stages of the project. Posts can be written in collaboration with student research assistants or staff when applicable and the DLA will provide editorial assistance and consultation. 

Example blog posts include “Sounding Out the Spaces of Berlin’s Working-Class Life,” “From Podcast to Page,” and “Jason Mittell Attends Peer Review Transparency Meeting.”