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Summer Collaborative Grants

Summer Collaborative Grants–

Applications due Tuesday, March 6, 2018 for summer 2018.



Interested in applying? We encourage you to meet with one of the Digital Bridges team to discuss your ideas and think through your proposal before you submit it online! To arrange a meeting, contact our postdoctoral fellow Matthew Hannah at 

Digital Bridges Summer Collaborative Grants are designed to encourage collaboration between Grinnell College and University of Iowa faculty members by providing space at the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies along with funding and technical support for a period of one to four weeks sometime between mid May and mid August. Stipends will be provided for two to three partners. The weeks do not have to be contiguous if, for example, it would be more useful to meet a week in June and then reconvene in August. The main requirement is that projects must include a faculty member from each institution.

Objectives: We encourage you to think creatively about the form of the collaboration. The proposed work can range from the early planning stages of a project to the implementation or scaling up of a project and all in between. Collaborators may focus on shared research or on pedagogical interests (or both). For example, one applicant may be developing a mapping project relevant to her research while other partners design imaginative learning opportunities that incorporate the site. Two partners may want to learn a specific technology or digital approach together and explore ways to use that shared technology in their individual research projects or classes. Proposals might be for a period of shared planning in consultation with the Digital Bridges team and/or with experts in the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio of the University of Iowa Library and/or with the Digital Liberal Arts Collaborative at Grinnell.

Outcomes: During the academic year, collaborators will share their discoveries in a public forum or workshop and write a brief report for the Digital Bridges website. Outcomes might include concrete plans for or progress on a digital research project, ideas and activities for using a digital project in undergraduate or graduate courses, grant applications, proposals to present your work at conferences, a print or digital publication, or recommendations for best practices in collaboration and project development based on your experience.

If you would like help locating a partner or to consult with the Digital Bridges leadership team before you draft a proposal, we welcome you to contact us.

To Apply

Who is eligible?

Faculty members from Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. In groups of three, the third partner may be a full-time lecturer or graduate student.

How do we apply?

We understand that you may be at the beginning of a project and unable to answer all of our questions below. Therefore, to the best of your ability at this point in your planning, please include the following information in your application. We encourage you to use these headings (the major categories) in your document. Please create a single PDF and submit it to our email address: In the subject line please include the project you’re applying for and the last name of the two faculty members. For example, Summer Collaborative Grant App for Simpson Mangum. We will confirm that we have received your application.

DUE DATE: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by 5 p.m.



Drawing Structures: Laurel Farrin (School of Art and Art History, Painting/Drawing, UI) & Matthew Kluber (Department of Art, Grinnell)

Mapping Islamophobia: Caleb Elfenbein (History and Religious Studies, Grinnell) & Jason Harshman (Education, UI)

The People’s Weather Map and Social Media: Iowans Talking about Weather Hazards: Barbara Eckstein (English, UI) & Casey Oberlin (Sociology, Grinnell)

Quantitative Methods for Teaching Text Analysis: Frederick Boehmke (Political Science, UI), Paul Dilley (Classics and Religious Studies, UI), Pam Fellers (Mathematics and Statistics, Grinnell), & Erik Simpson (English, Grinnell)

Accessibility Technology for Performance: Kyle Rector (Computer Science, UI) & Justin Thomas (Theatre, Grinnell)

To see more examples of projects funded by Digital Bridges, please visit our projects page.