Five College Consortium

Five College Digital Humanities

5CollDH Student Microgrants

The Five College Consortium welcomes applications for Digital Humanities Microgrants for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. Undergraduate students and mixed groups of undergraduate students, faculty, and staff at any of the Five Colleges are invited to submit applications for small projects that engage in innovative ways the intersections of digital technology and the humanities. Applications will also be accepted to defray travel costs to present digital humanities work beyond the Five Colleges. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The first round of applications is due October 1st, at 5 PM. Subsequent applications will be due on the 1st of each month at 5 PM.

Grant applications should not normally exceed $250; however, grant applications up to $500 are possible (for example, in cases of substantial travel costs). Applications will be evaluated in regards to the excellence and innovation of the proposal and the proposal's feasibility within its stated timeframe. 

Ideally, our microgrants should be placed in conjunction with other sources of funding. 

Microgrants can be used, for instance, to defray costs for materials such as hardware, software, storage and web hosting, artists' supplies, or building materials, as well as to offset costs associated with travel to conferences to learn or to present on the proposed project. 

Examples of potential grant requests, meant as inspiration: 

  • Defraying costs for travel to a THATCamp to present a workshop on DH skills. 
  • Purchasing podcasting software for a web series on video games, gender, and representation. 
  • Acquiring micro-computers such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi to build interactive digital art installations. 
  • Travel to a conference to learn metadata and coding standards for a digital installation on trade in the Pre-Columbian Americas. 

Successful applicants will be required to provide reflective output, generally in the form of a blog post for the Five College Digital Humanities website, either within one month after the conclusion of their project or event.


5CollDH Microgrants are open to all undergraduate students throughout the Five Colleges, or from mixed groups of students, faculty, and staff, with the understanding that the students are the project's primary investigators, will manage the project's funds, and will provide the reflective output required by the microgrant. Group applicants should note that funding will not change commensurate with the number of people in the project, and individual microgrants will be awarded up to $500. 


You can learn more about our student programs in general at If you have specific questions regarding the microgrants, please contact


Please submit applications through the links below. Due to the need for turnaround time in reviewing applications, that applicants should submit proposals at minimum two weeks before anticipated purchase dates.

Please upload a clear and compelling description of the proposed project or travel (maximum of 500 words). If your proposed project is related to a larger project, please specify. Please provide projected beginning and end dates of the project, or travel dates if applicable.
Please upload a budget justification that indicates clearly how funds will be spent. Files will be accepted as Excel spreadsheets, or CSV files. We imagine that most projects will be funded between $10 and $250, although awards may be made up to $500 in certain cases.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf xls xlsx csv.

Please provide the name, title, and email address of a faculty or staff reference in the Five Colleges. This may be your advisor, a faculty or staff collaborator, or someone who simply knows you and your project well.