Call for Applications: Digital Matters Faculty Grant Program, Fall 2022


Digital Matters at the University of Utah is pleased to announce the Fall 2022 Faculty Grant Program.

This provides research funding to Tenure-line and Career-line faculty in the Humanities, Fine Arts, Architecture + Planning, the School for Cultural and Social Transformation, and Marriott Library working in Digital Studies, broadly defined, which challenge and extend their fields. The goal of the program is to support and encourage researchers in pushing the boundaries of their respective fields with and through digital methods, pedagogy, tools, and methodologies.

Awardees will receive:

  • $5,000 in research funding to be used for supplies, equipment, software, computing, research assistants, etc.
  • Grant funds cannot be used for faculty salaries (summer or academic year); travel that is not directly related to project research (e.g., conferences cannot be supported by this grant), funding to purchase society/group memberships, consultants, or office equipment unless specifically justified.


  • Tenure-line faculty and Career-line faculty are eligible to apply. Faculty must be in residence at the University of Utah to be considered for grant funding.
  • No previous experience in digital scholarship is necessary, but applicants should demonstrate an interest in OR prior engagement with digital scholarship, broadly conceived.
  • Projects that incorporate digital technology or critique digital culture, methods, and tools will be considered for funding.


  • Fellows will share their completed or in-progress work at the Digital Matters Research Talks, where they can receive feedback on their project from faculty and students across multiple disciplines at the end of the Fall semester.
  • When possible or appropriate, fellows may showcase or perform their work by the end of the grant period in Digital Matters, as well as deliver a work-in-progress talk and receive feedback on their project from faculty and students across multiple disciplines.
  • Write a summary blog post for the DM website about their work.
  • Eventually, make the work completed during their residency open access where possible and appropriate.


Applicants are asked to submit a portfolio that includes:

  • Two-page cover letter explaining your research project and qualifications. Your cover letter should include a project title, work plan, and timeline. Please also describe how your project uses digital tools, platforms, theory, or methods in a fashion that extends or challenge the boundaries of your field. Although not required, applications related to our theme, sustainability, will receive strongest consideration. For more information, please follow the link to our statement on our theme.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Budget.

Submit applications by emailing them as PDF attachments to Comstock, Program Assistant, at

Applications must be submitted by March 31st, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 30th, 2022.

Please feel free to contact Rebekah Cummings (, if you have questions or if you’d like to work through your idea before submitting an application.

Download the PDF of the Call for Applications