African Poetry Digital Portal Project: African Poetry Digital Humanities Grant
Deadline: June 10, 2022

The African Poetry Digital Portal Project funded by a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation invites proposals from scholars and researchers for the African Poetry Digital Humanities Grant. These grants support Digital Humanities research in African Poetry. Applicants are encouraged to make use of the resources of the Portal, and in so doing expand the impact of the Portal in the broader community of African Digital Humanities Scholarship. Given the multifaceted nature of African poetry in terms of regional variance, performative elements, archival and textual complexity and range, and the work of African poetry within the fabric of contemporary and historical societies, proposals should take advantage of the range of possibilities afforded to a scholar in the field of Digital Humanities. To be considered, projects must use digital research methods or encompass scholarship that applies computing technologies in humanistic inquiry. Most importantly, African Poetry must be at the center of the research.

The APDP Project
The African Poetry Digital Portal documents the work of African poets and provides equitable digital access to the related creative and intellectual artifacts, materials and research on the subject of African Poetry, housed in academic and cultural institutions in Africa and its Diaspora, to, among other things, create accessible ways to engender an informed, culturally diverse, civically engaged and responsible society.

Award Amount: $15,000

Application Requirements:
Project proposal: a description of the proposed research plan consisting of the following (should not exceed 3 pages):
Abstract (300 words maximum)
Project Narrative: The narrative should describe the guiding premises of the project clearly, provide a clear overview of the project’s structure (components, personnel, tasks), and describe in concrete terms what the project hopes to accomplish by the end of the 12-month period. Include:
The nature of the project
The area of African Poetry being explored
The research question and approach
Technological requirements: include and specific equipment, software, server time, or hosting (NOTE: Personal computer purchases are not permitted)
A detailed timeline including key dates and milestones

A detailed budget (1 page maximum) including clear explanations for each item and a justification of their importance to the project.

CV from the primary researcher. Include relevant examples of previous projects.

All grant recipients will complete:
A Digital Humanities Project on African Poetry ready to be featured on the Portal.
A critical commentary on the technological and thematic challenge of the project and its effectiveness.
A plan for future related work of expansion of the current project

Submission Details:
Please submit all application documents through Submittable. For any questions, contact Rezina Habtemariam, APDP’s Assistant Project Manager, at [email protected]