Digital Seed Grant

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Walker Library Digital Scholarship Initiatives invites proposals for seed grants to support individual or collaborative digital scholarship projects in research, teaching, or public outreach from any discipline or area at MTSU.

Special consideration will be given to applications that demonstrate collaboration across units, use of Digital Partner materials (housed at campus archives and libraries), and use of existing Library technology infrastructure and Digital Scholarship Lab resources.

Seed Grants (up to $2,000)

The number of grants available each year will vary based on the number of received applications, with each at a maximum of $2,000. The 2017 grant cycle has closed. Projects selected for 2017 are available here. A Call for Proposals for next year will be announced later in spring 2018.

Q: What is Digital Scholarship?

A: Digital scholarship at Walker Library is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and committed. Sometimes referred to as digital humanities,  it emphasizes the use of interactive technologies to expand the participation, modes of access, and dissemination of scholarship.


The following is a brief but not exhaustive list of possible projects:

  • Hiring a researcher or student to perform data analysis, text encoding, or data entry.
  • Digitizing materials not held at Walker Library
  • Purchasing specialized equipment for digitization or analysis*
  • Applying geospatial methods to literary texts, historical problems, or scientific discoveries
  • Textual or network analysis of thematic field topic
  • Pedagogical focus on civic or public humanities
  • Convening a workshop at MTSU to discuss or learn DH/DS topics

*Equipment purchased with Seed Grants will be installed in the Digital Scholarship Lab for use with future projects. 


Applicants must be MTSU faculty members or researchers. The grant must be spent within 12 months and a final report (less than 1500 words) describing the outcome of the project must be submitted within 6 months of the project completion. Receipts are required for reimbursement (grant funding is not extra compensation for time; it is reimbursement for resources used).

Additionally, the lead investigator or team awarded the grant must make a presentation of their work at the Digital Humanities Seminar Series and/or be added to Walker Library’s Digital Collections or JEWLScholar, the insitutional repository. Authors of projects and presentations retain all copyrights, but Walker Library is given the right to redistribute the work.

If awarded, applicants must wait one year before applying again. 

Samples of tool and resource possibilities for projects are depicted on this page, but applicants are not limited to these options. Applicants are responsible for project planning and development regardless of which resources or tools are used. (The library does not help with development but may be a consultant for project planning).

ContentDM, searchable exhibit and database collectionGUIDELINES AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Applications for 2017-2018 are closed. Applications for 2018-2019 will be announced in spring 2018. 


The online submission process includes:

1.  Application Form

2. Detailed Budget (if form space is not sufficient)

The Application Form provides a narrative and outline of the desired project, including the project abstract, project overview, outcomes, impact on field, anticipated timeline, budget, resources needed, project completetion, team members (if any), and the intended audience.

Storymaps, interactive mapping applicationAll applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee made up of faculty and staff associated with Digital Scholarship Initiatives. All applicants will be notified by the end of the spring semester of the award decision.

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For questions about the Digital Seed grant, email: digitalscholar[at]mtsu[dot]edu.

Expired call for proposal is available as a (PDF)