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Digital History Seed Grants

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS) invites submissions for two awards, up to $1,500 each, to support graduate students seeking to develop or engage with digital history work connected to migration history and related fields. These funds may be used to cover costs related to archive construction and digitization, professional development and training, conference attendance, the hosting of digital history talks and programs, the acquisition of software licenses, web hosting, data storage, and labor costs. (See below for a partial listing of the types of projects that this grant might fund). The IEHS wants to support projects and activities that explore how digital history can be a tool in researching, teaching, and making accessible migration history. Given the relatively small amount of funding that these grants provide, the intent here is to help incubate projects and prepare grant recipients for pursuing additional funding, resources, and support with project development.


Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students and IEHS members. The IEHS offers free membership to graduate students who are unable to afford membership at the student rate. Please visit the IEHS’s membership page for additional information.

Possible Projects

  • Training, workshops, and conference attendance
  • Hosting mini-conferences and talks
  • Applying algorithmic and computational analysis to immigration data
  • Digital publications, exhibits, archives, or websites
  • Digital Mapping
  • Textual, network, audio, or visual analysis
  • 3D / VR technology
  • Longform, media-rich narrative/argument or “scrollership”
  • Digital history simulations and games

Submitting Materials

Applicants should submit a CV accompanied by a proposal to seedgrants@iehs.org no later than August 1, 2024. Proposals should be no longer than two single-spaced pages and include:

  • An overview of the project, and an explanation of how the project engages with and adds to current scholarship on migration history and related fields;
  • An explanation of how funding will support activities and projects that connect migration history to digital history;
  • A discussion of how the project engages with digital history methodologies, audiences and practice;
  • Current state of the project, work plan and project timeline, sustainability plan (e.g. long-term hosting, server storage, etc., if applicable) and next steps (how this incubation grant is a stepping stone toward the next stage of the project); and,
  • A budget that details how the funds will be used (funds will be allocated according to this budget request, and cannot exceed $1,500).

Questions should be sent to Dr. Andy Urban (aturban@rutgers.edu) and Dr. Heather Lee (heatherruthlee@gmail.com), co-chairs of the selection committee. Notifications of awards will be made by no later than September 1, 2024.

Awardee Obligations

Grant awardees will be required to:

  1. Acknowledge the IEHS as funder in all publications, conference presentations, etc. related to the work funded
  2. Write a Not From Here blog post about their grant-funded work OR (where possible) present as part of an online, IEHS-sponsored panel