APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR AY 2016-17. This program will be available again in AY 2017-18.

We invite UC Berkeley faculty members and tenured lecturers (SOE) to work with small groups of undergraduates and graduate students for a sustained period of time during the summer or the academic year in order to incorporate digital humanities components into courses that already exist with the academic departments. Funding will be available starting July 1, 2016. Please address inquiries to


Grant recipients will receive a summer buy out for summer 2016 in order to develop the course components. If the instructor does not want to take the summer buy out the funds can used in a different manner with prior approval (e.g. funding an student research assistant or the cost of materials). 


Please see the list of previously funded course component for examples of successful applications.

Information sessions and consulting

Dean Tony Cascardi and Digital Humanities at Berkeley program staff will answer questions at two upcoming information sessions:

  • Thursday, October 1, 11 AM - 12 PM, 120 Durant
  • Tuesday, October 13, 11 AM - 12 PM, 9 Durant

Digital Humanities at Berkeley program staff are available to provide feedback on draft proposals through December 18, 2015. Please contact to request a meeting with program staff or written feedback on a draft.

Proposal Submission

Proposals must be submitted by January 22, 2016 at midnight PST, using this form.

The course proposal should include the following information:

  1.  Applicant(s) name(s), department(s), contact information, and a PDF with an abbreviated CV (no more than 3 pages).
  2. A PDF with the proposal itself, which covers the following topics in no more than three pages:
    • Course name, goals, learning objectives, practical skills taught, examples of topics, readings, and course activities, and the pedagogical approach for the digital humanities component. Description of how the digital humanities component augments the overall goals of the course. Examples of any proposed hands-on workshop exercises and assignments. Disability access statement.
    • Special resources, if any, required (studio space, computer software, GSI special skills, etc.).
    • Any collaboration planned with campus resource centers. (e.g. partnering with the D-Lab or Library to offer technically-oriented lab sessions)
    • Ways that the course component will contribute to the goals of developing students’ skills in the critical analysis and application of digital tools and methodologies.
    • Preliminary ideas on how to share the work of the students as part of this digital humanities component with an audience beyond the class (if you have examples of websites you have created for this purpose in the past, please provide a link); preliminary ideas on how to share pedagogical lessons learned with a broader scholarly audience.

Evaluation of New Course Component Proposals

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to incorporating digital humanities into their teaching and a willingness to actively engage in the development of digital humanities curriculum, programs, and events at UC Berkeley. Grantees will form part of the digital humanities fellows group, along with other faculty, librarians, curators, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars. Review criteria include the following:

  • Scholarly value: The course component incorporates digital tools and methodologies, and/or critical approaches to digital humanities, in a compelling way that augments the overall scholarly goals for the course.
  • Pedagogy: The course component uses a wide variety of pedagogical approaches such as presentational, interactive, project-based, collaborative, analytic, and/or technological.
  • Impact and reach: The course will draw a wide group of students and will likely be sustained by the department. The course component builds capacity for digital humanities on campus.

Grant Programs