CDSC

The Caribbean Digital Scholarship Collective offers a series of programs aimed to nurture digital scholarship in and for the Caribbean.

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Deadline: September 15, 2024

The Caribbean Digital Scholarship Collective (CDSC) is pleased to launch its third and final micro-grant program to support digital scholarship in and about the Caribbean and its diasporas.

Key Facts

  • Deadline to apply: September 15, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Announcements: December 2024
  • Funding period: January-December 2025

About the Grant

The CDSC welcomes applications from original digital humanities and digital scholarship projects at any stage, from inception to currently in development. Look at the 2023-24 microgrant recipients and read the program page for details.

The CDSC will support at least five projects from January to December 2024, offering grants ranging from USD $1,000 to $20,000. The length of the proposed project and deliverables should be completed within 12 months. Applicants need to apply for a micro-grant in one of three tiers:

  • TIER 1 ($12,500 – $20,000) | One prize max:: medium to large projects that require significant expenses. For example, projects that imagine creating an artisanal tech solution that does not exist yet, such as an original cartographic interface or visualization, or projects with expensive labor and technology requirements
  • TIER 2 ($5,000 – $12,500) | Two prizes max:small to medium-sized projects with readily available technology. For example, digital archives, exhibits built with Omeka or Wax, or maps created with Carto or Google Map, which need funds to pay for data curation, management, and training.
  • TIER 3 (less than $5,000): one or two individuals as they pursue small to medium-sized digital scholarship, pedagogical, or public humanities projects that they are developing themselves. Projects in Tier 3 are usually at their early stages and require further funding to come to fruition or grow in scale later.

The funding tiers are flexible. If a tier does not suit your project's needs, explain in your proposal why you are applying for a tier different from the one we would have assigned.

Requirements

Applicants must submit their proposals using our Online Submission Form by September 15, 2024, at 11:59 pm EST. The evaluation committee will not review applications submitted after the deadline.. Applicants can submit their applications in Spanish, English, or French.

Submit a single document (Word or PDF) with the following:

  1. Title.
  2. Summary (250 words).
  3. Narrative (1000-1200 words) that includes:
    1. Project description.
    2. Intellectual Contributions to Caribbean Digital Scholarship:
      1. The project's relationship to existing literature/projects; and/or early conversations in the literature about the project (where appropriate).
      2. The project engagement with digital methods and tools to advance research, teaching, learning, and/or public engagement.
    3. The project's current stage, technologies, and early signs of process-derived knowledge.
    4. A plan of execution for a 12-month period, including deliverables, expected outcomes, potential partners, and data management.
  4. An itemized budget and a brief budget rationale.
  5. One-page resume(s) of the principal investigator(s).

Budget information


The micro-grant program can cover expenses such as:

  • salaries and stipends;
  • travel and training;
  • outreach activities;
  • consultants and professional services (e.g., developers, instructional designers, programmers, digital scholarship);
  • infrastructure (e.g., software purchase and licensing, software development, IT services, server/hosting, platform maintenance).

The micro-grant program cannot cover fringe benefits or indirect costs

If you need to hire an outside vendor to provide technology for your project, we encourage you to contact them to prepare a data management, scope, and budget plan.

Grant awards are subject to federal, state, and local tax regulations. Each grantee is responsible for reporting taxable stipend payments and remitting any tax due with their personal or institutional income tax return. For specific questions about your tax responsibilities, contact the Internal Revenue Service, an accountant, or an income tax service.

Eligibility, Evaluation and Selection

Before submitting your application, please read the micro-grants pagefor more details on the program criteria. The CDSC committee will announce the winners by December 2024. For examples of successful applications, check our previous projects proposals folder and read about our 2023-24 grantees

information-sessions

The microgrant meeting will hold two information sessions to answer questions and discuss application eligibility. Register for the webinars:

  1. Tuesday, July 23th, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST. The session will be in English. Registration link
  2. Tuesday, August 13th, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST. The session will be in Spanish. Registration link

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