The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) is partnering with the Center for Faculty Excellence, the University Writing Program, Information Technology Services, and the University Libraries to solicit proposals for course development grants to promote digital literacy in the humanities and arts. We seek proposals that leverage campus resources (e.g., access to Adobe Creative Cloud or other media composing software, data initiatives, makerspaces, library collections, etc.) to create opportunities for digital literacy instruction in the classroom. We are eager to see proposals for courses that impact undergraduates but also welcome proposals for digital innovations at the graduate level.

Grants may be used for developing new courses focused on some aspect of digital literacy or for integrating digital literacy instruction and materials into an existing course. Awards provide $5,000 for summer stipends to be used for course development. Note that stipends are subject to reductions related to university benefits, taxes, etc. Awards also make available consultations with Graduate Digital Literacy Innovation Fellows.

Announce date: November 11, 2016
Proposal deadline: January 27, 2017
Grant awards announced: February 10, 2017


    Digital literacy might be developed in multiple learning contexts:

  • Students might use digital tools to create compositions that feature audio or video.
  • Students might deploy software to create documents that emphasize design to engage their audiences.
  • Students might use software to collect, curate, and create artifacts related to digital culture (e.g., memes, animated gifs, videos, etc.).
  • Students might work with data in humanities and arts courses to conduct research and create new knowledge.

    Any full-time faculty member at the University listed as instructor of record for a course section is eligible to apply for a grant.


      Award recipients commit to:

    • Creating a new or revising an existing course.
    • Consulting with a Graduate Digital Literacy Initiative Fellow during March, April, and May of 2017—and beyond if desired.
    • Delivering a set of course-related materials (i.e., lesson plans, assignment prompts, resource collections, sample projects, and a reflection) to be shared with and potentially adapted by others.
    • Obtaining Chair’s approval and offering the course at least three times in the five years following the receipt of the funds, starting with the 2017-18 academic year.
    • Working with the Center for Faculty Excellence on a plan to assess student and instructor attitudes about the use of digital tools and resources in the course(s).


    Proposals should include details about the course to be developed (students served, academic level, role within curricula, etc.); relevant experiences the instructor brings to the course development process; key innovations likely to promote digital literacy; information about relevant resources to be leveraged for the course; and details about significant assignments or activities. Submit a current CV and a proposal of no more than two single-spaced pages to Malina Chavez ( with a copy to Daniel Anderson ( no later than 11:59 PM on January 27th, 2017.

    For questions related to the proposal process, contact Daniel Anderson (