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Digital Humanities Research Grant

The Digital Humanities Research Grant (DHRG) is intended to enable PhD students in the humanities to access specialized humanities-based training in various digital modes, methods, and tools. The grant supports PhD students in the humanities whose work involves digital technologies. 

Awards up to $2,500 will be granted to assist PhD students to:

  • obtain training in digital technologies (e.g. text encoding and analysis, data visualization,​ programming and coding languages, games and gaming, multimodal narrative and platforms, etc.) 
  • attend conferences/workshops that have a strong digital humanities component 

The proposed training/conference/workshop must be directly related to the student's dissertation research.


  • Monday, October 14, 2019 (11:59 pm)
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020 (11:59 pm)
  • Monday, April 20, 2020 (11:59 pm)


  • Humanities PhD students in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication and Bienen School of Music programs are eligible to apply.
  • Prior to the beginning of the award period, the applicant must have completed no fewer than 3 and no more than 19 quarters of full-time registration toward the PhD degree in TGS.
  • Awards will not be granted for retroactive payments.
  • Feasibility of the project goals and Northwestern’s ability to supply necessary technical knowledge, facilities and support pre- and post-award supported training are crucial considerations. Applicants are urged to consult the Digital Humanities Library Guide or Multi-Media Learning Center.
  • Students are eligible for a maximum of two Digital Humanities Research Grants over their entire course of study in TGS. Preference will be given to those applying for the first time.
  • Students may utilize grant funds only while students in The Graduate School at Northwestern.  Should students graduate or otherwise depart the University prior to completion of the project and/or expenditure of funds, funds will no longer be available. Funds must be expended with the fiscal year they are awarded.


Maximum award amount is $2,500. Funds must be expended by the end of the fiscal year in which the award is granted (August 31, 2020). Unused funds do not roll over into the next fiscal year. Please see The Graduate School’s website  for expense guidelines and tips.

Review process

Recipients of grants are determined by a committee. Decisions are based on the committee’s evaluations and the availability of funds.

Application instructions

The materials described below must be collected into a single PDF file and submitted by the Director of Graduate Studies of the student's program (or their designee). Applications should be submitted via email to

  1. Cover sheet: List the following information.
    • Student Name
    • Student ID number (7-digit numerical ID number)
    • Program of study
    • Northwestern email address
    • Amount requested: ($2,500 Maximum)
    • Research/project title or topic
    • Brief description of the training opportunity (1-2 sentences)
    • Advisor name
    • Admit term and year
  2. Description of the research project and related training opportunity: Not to exceed three double spaced pages. It should include:
    • An overview of the dissertation research project.
    • A description of the training opportunity.
    • An explanation of how the training opportunity will result in the necessary proficiency/skills/knowledge and how it relates to the dissertation project. 
    • A statement about Northwestern’s ability to supply the necessary technical knowledge, facilities, and/or support in order to make the project feasible.

    Endnotes, references, or pictures do not count toward the page limit, but may not exceed two additional pages.

  3. Itemized budget: List estimated expenses and total amount requested using the budget worksheet. The itemized budget should not be used to circumvent the project description page limitation. Allowable expenses include tuition, travel (transportation, per diem, lodging), and/or other direct costs related to:
    • Instructional or consultative opportunities.
    • Access to software, databases, or collections.
    • Experience in specialized labs or other analogous activities outside the Chicago metropolitan area, including within CIC partner institutions beyond the Chicago metro area.
    • Applications to participate in justifiable training events are eligible; however conference travel support to a give a paper, support for website development, pedagogical applications, or events with unspecified training benefits would not.
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Unofficial Northwestern transcript
  6. Letter of recommendation: Should be from a Northwestern-based research advisor (a member of TGS’s graduate faculty) that addresses:
    • The quality of the research project.
    • The relevance of the proposal to the applicant’s research project and/or trajectory.
    • The skills needed for research and how this training experience will be instrumental and well timed. 

Award process

Awards are announced at the end of the quarter and funds are available for use immediately thereafter.


Email for more information.