Guidelines & Application for DLA Funding

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 Michael Kramer, Acting Director of the DLA, before submitting a proposal. Email to set up an appointment. Michael is also available for consultation at any stage of a project.

What does DLA fund?

DLA generally funds four types of project-based proposals:

• micro-grants for discovery phases of research up to $500

• examples:

• software licensing

• hardware acquisition

• online course fee

• discovery-phase student research assistance salary

• contribution to travel and other expenses for digital scholarship exploration, workshops, or skills acquisition up to $1000

• examples:

• University of Mary Washington’s Digital Pedagogy Lab

• University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI)

Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching institute (HILT)


• contribution to honoraria and travel expenses to bring a digital expert to Middlebury up to $1000

• examples: 

What Scholars Can Learn From Data Journalism—Quoctrung Bui, Graphics Editor, New York Times

From Richard Pryor’s Peoria to Berkeley in the 70s to Humanities Podcasting & More: Scott Saul Visits Middlebury to Discuss Digital Research, Teaching, Learning, & Public Scholarship

• salaries for student research assistance up to $3000

• examples:

• research into digital tools, platforms, and software

• development of data and databases

• digital animation

• 3D modeling

• website interface design

• digital storytelling and multimedia narrative

• digital mapping, geospatial approaches, and GIS

• network analysis

• podcast design and recording

• video production

• 2-4 DLA Fellowships available for all or parts of faculty sabbaticals up to $5000

• See proposal process for DLA Fellowships

• We are open to proposals that do not fit these criteria; please consult with Michael Kramer at the DLA to shape your proposal

• 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

• 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

• We strongly recommend consulting with us before submitting your proposal

• 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

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

• You will thoughtfully mentor 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”