Call for Proposals: HathiTrust Research Center

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) requests proposals for a special funded round of its Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) program, in support of scholarship on historically marginalized textual communities. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, HTRC’s “Scholar-Curated Worksets for Analysis, Reuse & Dissemination (SCWAReD)” project offers funded collaborations between researchers and HTRC staff to solve challenging problems related to computational analysis of the HathiTrust corpus.

In this special cycle of ACS, we seek to collaborate with UW-Madison Faculty to recover volumes in HathiTrust that tell the story of historically under-resourced and marginalized textual communities, and to identify gaps in the HathiTrust collection where such communities are not represented in the digital library.

The selected projects in this round will be awarded $30,000 to cover project costs, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in addition to the HTRC staff time and compute resources typically given to awardees as part of the program. Funding can be used to cover staff and student effort, travel, materials and supplies, and other relevant project costs, as allowable by Mellon Foundation and Indiana University policies. See “Proposals” section in the full CFP for detailed budget information. Each awarded proposal will receive access to HTRC staff to collaborate on the proposed project during the award period. The staff consists of specialists in information science, computer science, cultural analytics, and HathiTrust. HTRC ACS support may include such activities as project scoping; navigating HTRC and HathiTrust tools, data, and collections; volume identification and workset/dataset creation; facilitating data access; and selecting, customizing, or running analysis tools.

Complete proposals will include the following:

  1. A cover sheet with basic project details (title, team members, contact information)
  2. Summary & rationale (<500 words)
  3. Project narrative (1500-2000 words)
  4. Work plan (a brief bulleted list of activities)
  5. A budget describing how you will use the $30,000 stipend
  6. Brief bio-sketch(es) for each project team member

Projects will be supported from January 2021 through August 2022.

Proposals are due November 30, 2020.

Applicants are encouraged to contact in advance of proposal submission to discuss eligibility, project details, prerequisites, and HTRC support. Prospective UW-Madison applicants with questions about library holdings that could be digitized are encouraged to reach out to Andy Spencer (, the Slavic, East European, Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Librarian.

The full CFP with links to a sample budget and justification can be found here: