Participants and organizers in the #HackFSM digital humanities hackathon

Digital Humanities at Berkeley has received a $2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as reported by the UC Berkeley News Center:

“This grant will enable us to offer intensive summer training workshops for faculty and students, to introduce them to a range of tools and methods, while providing the critical frameworks for reflection on their impact,” said [Dean of Arts and Humanities Anthony] Cascardi.

As part of the grant, a new fellowship program will also provide opportunities for faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to develop proficiency in the use of digital materials and tools, and to apply those skills to their research. Furthermore, the project aims to reach undergraduates by creating courses that integrate digital humanities tools and methods.

According to Cascardi, the grant will enable students and faculty in the humanities to participate in other digital efforts on campus including the Berkeley Institute for Data Science and the D-Lab, which principally serve data-intensive research in the social sciences.

Additional support for the initiative for digital humanities from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research will fund faculty research, and expand the technology consulting for faculty and students in the humanities provided by UC Berkeley’s Research Information Technology (Research IT) and Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Digital Humanities at Berkeley has already posted a request for proposals for collaborative research grants and new courses, which will be supported by funds from the Mellon grant. To contact a digital humanities consultant about a course or project idea, use our contact form or email