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NEH Institute on Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, Born-Digital Scholarly Publishing: Resources and Roadmaps

Brown University Digital Publications invites applications for participation in an NEH Institute on Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, Born-Digital Scholarly Publishing: Resources and Roadmaps. The three-week hybrid Institute will take place virtually July 8–19 and in person at Brown University July 22–26, 2024. Participant travel, lodging, and per diem expenses will be covered for the in-person component.*

Purpose and Structure:

Born-Digital Scholarly Publishing: Resources and Roadmaps supports scholars who wish to pursue interpretive projects that require digital expression and are intended for publication by a scholarly press, but who may lack resources and capacity at their home institutions.

Projects must be conceived of as born-digital, or digital-first. The institute does not support digitization projects or the development of supplemental websites for print books, but rather digital monographs, or digital publication projects anchored by an original, longform narrative. The institute will train a cohort of 15 scholars—including unaffiliated scholars, adjunct professors, and part-time faculty from a range of disciplines, institution type, and geographical location—in best practices unique to the development of digital scholarly publications. The cohort will be supported by a faculty composed of authors of published or in-progress enhanced digital monographs and digital publishing experts from university presses and Brown University Digital Publications.

The institute has been organized as a hybrid, multi-phased training and mentoring program:

* A two-week virtual course will introduce participants to resources, considerations, and strategies for digital publishing (July 8–19, 2024).
* A one-week in-person workshop will yield individualized roadmaps for cohort projects (July 22–26, 2024).
* Two two-day virtual check-ins will extend individualized project support (Oct. 2024 and Jan. 2025).


The application is open to scholars of all ranks, including university faculty and adjuncts, postdoctoral researchers, and independent scholars. Applicants must have a Ph.D.

Brown University Library is a member of the HBCU Library Alliance. Based on this affiliation, some slots will be reserved for participants from member institutions.

International applicants are welcome, though the NEH Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities (IATDH) program focuses on scholars currently studying or employed at institutions in the United States. Thus, U.S. citizens and/or U.S.-based scholars will be given priority. International applicants and/or persons without a current U.S. visa should note that, if selected and if an in-person meeting is possible, a visa cannot be guaranteed.


How to Apply:

The following materials should be sent to digitalpublishing@brown.edu, no later than April 1, 2024:
* A statement (maximum 3 pages) that directly addresses the following questions:
* Describe your digital monograph project. Why is the digital format necessary for advancing your argument? What is the current state of the project?
* How would your project benefit from and contribute to a collaborative Institute experience?
* How will your participation in the Institute contribute to expanding digital scholarship at your institution or in your field?
* A current C.V.

Notification of Acceptance: May 1, 2024