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American Council of Learned Societies announces Digital Justice Development Grant


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to invite applications for Digital Justice Development Grants, which are made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Donor Name: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Country: United States

State: All States

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/15/2022

Size of the Grant: $50,000 and $100,000

Grant Duration: 12-18 Months


ACLS Digital Justice Development Grants are designed to promote and provide resources for projects that diversify the digital domain, advance justice and equity in digital scholarly practice, and/or contribute to public understanding of racial and social justice issues.

This program addresses the inequities in the distribution of access to tools and support for digital work among scholars across various fields, those working with under-utilized or understudied source materials, and those in institutions with less support for digital projects. It promotes inclusion and sustainability by extending the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars and projects at various stages of development. Finally, ACLS Digital Justice Development Grants offer scholars and project leaders the opportunity to receive tailored coaching from the Nonprofit Finance Fund in order to plan for the long-term stewardship and sustainability of their projects.

ACLS Digital Justice Development Grants support projects that pursue any of the following activities:

  • Engage with the interests and histories of people of color and other historically marginalized communities, including (but not limited to) Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities; people with disabilities; and queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people.
  • Advance beyond the prototyping or proof-of-concept phase and articulates the next financial, technological, and intellectual phases of project development.
  • Cultivate greater openness to new sources of knowledge and strategic approaches to content building and knowledge dissemination.
  • Support teams of scholars committed to exploring and pursuing the best available means for their projects’ long-term sustainability and impact

Grant Information

  • ACLS Digital Justice Development Grants range in the amount of $50,000 to $100,000.
  • Tenure: 12-18 months to be initiated as early as July 1, 2022 and no later than December 31, 2022.

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

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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 of the interpretative social sciences.
  • Projects must demonstrate evidence of significant preliminary work as well as a record of accomplishment and impact with scholarly audiences.

Evaluation Criteria

Peer reviewers in this program are asked to evaluate all eligible proposals on the following criteria:

  • The project’s engagement with understudied, underfunded, or otherwise marginalized topics of scholarly inquiry.
  • The project’s capacity to advance justice and equity by addressing subjects and materials of significance for society and scholarship.
  • The project’s intellectual, technological, and financial planning.
  • The feasibility of development, extension, and/or renewal plans.
  • The potential of the project to contribute to the careers of scholars devoted to these areas of study – both those involved in the creation of the project and those whose scholarship will be enhanced by access to the project.
  • The project’s clarity with respect to which audiences it seeks to engage and why.

For more information, visit Digital Justice Development Grant.

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