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ACLS Digital Extension Grants FAQ

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Q: May I apply if I have the equivalent of a PhD?

Q: Does ACLS accept reference letters from Interfolio or university-based dossier services?

Q: The call for applications notes that “projects that demonstrate concrete plans to develop new collaborations with partners at different institutions and/or engage in community building activities with scholars at all career stages from US colleges and universities of diverse profiles may apply for up to $150,000 in funding.” What types of project costs are considered eligible for the maximum award?

Q: May I apply if I have the equivalent of a PhD?
A: If you have published scholarly work on a par with the academic work required by the PhD degree, you may apply. You need to have completed a substantial academic project that required a sustained period of research, similar to a dissertation, in the humanities or humanities-related social sciences.

Please note that we do not consider a JD in itself to satisfy the PhD equivalency unless it was accompanied by a) a record of scholarly publications that are humanistic in nature (as opposed to case studies or technical legal issues) and b) a substantial academic project that required a sustained period of research (such as a dissertation or book).

Q: Does ACLS accept reference letters from Interfolio or university-based dossier services?
A: No. ACLS requests that reference letters contain specific elements targeted to the grant program, for example, directly addressing the applicant’s proposed research project. Reviewers have expressed strong reservations about letters from dossier services since they are necessarily general and thus less helpful in assessing the merits of the proposed project. This information is particularly crucial for proposals that reach the final round of selection where they are evaluated by multi-disciplinary committees. ACLS understands the demands placed on senior scholars and has sought to moderate that burden by reducing both the required number and the length of reference letters to minimum essential levels.

Q: The call for applications notes that “projects that demonstrate concrete plans to develop new collaborations with partners at different institutions and/or engage in community building activities with scholars at all career stages from US colleges and universities of diverse profiles may apply for up to $150,000 in funding.” What types of project costs are considered eligible for the maximum award?
A: The ACLS Digital Extension Grant program places special emphasis on fostering inter-institutional collaboration and community building activities in the digital humanities, especially among scholars of all career stages at institutions from different tiers of US higher education. Thus, ACLS offers a maximum award of $150,000 for projects that demonstrate concrete plans to extend their reach through such activities. Eligible costs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Arrangements (travel, lodging, space rental, equipment upgrades, etc.) that create sites for participation or training for faculty and graduate students from regional colleges and universities
  • Extensions of the project teams to include new collaborations with faculty and graduate students from higher education institutions of diverse profiles
  • Activities associated with building networks of new users or developers from among a range of higher education institutions, especially individuals whose research can be advanced by accessing the cyberinfrastructure of the project
  • Agreements between institutions to support established projects.

The exact allocation of funds between collaboration and basic project costs may be determined by the applicant. Applicants should include in the budget plan or proposal a brief, cogent description of the project costs allocated to this funding.

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