Anti-Racist Digital Research Institute

The Anti-Racist Digital Research Institute is a mini-grant program and week-long institute to help up to 6 scholars or teams take an idea for a project and develop a proposal and project plan.

Project ideas can take a broad range of forms, from collecting community interviews to providing access to data in interesting ways, such as digital maps or collections. Scholars with collaborative, multi-generational, or community-centered research ideas are highly encouraged to apply.

The institute will take place May 6-10, 2024 on the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus.

Program details

Awardees will gain a deeper understanding of anti-racist digital research methods and develop a learning community of anti-racist digital researchers and practitioners. Throughout the institute week, you’ll work with peers and digital scholarship technical and methodology experts to develop an ethical, sustainable, and justice-oriented digital project proposal and plan.

This program provides:

  • $5,000 in project funds to be awarded upon completion of the week-long institute
  • Shared knowledge and understanding of anti-racist digital research methods
  • Support for the conceptualization and development of a proposal and/or project plan that can be used solicit funding for the next stage of the project
  • Access to library and technical expertise for planning project requirements
  • A learning community of peers and scholars who have successfully completed digital scholarship projects
  • Community-building and other opportunities through NCID’s Anti-Racism Collaborative 
  • Affiliation with U-M centers and institutes that align with your project

See more about the support we’ll provide and funding details, including how you can use grants funds and information about possible supplemental funding. 

The initiative is a combined effort of the U-M Library, LSA Technology Services, and National Center for Institutional Diversity’s Anti-Racism Collaborative.

Who is eligible

The institute is open to faculty (tenure track, clinical faculty, lecturers, librarians, archivists, and curators), graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and staff from any U-M campus in the fields of humanities, arts, and the humanistic social sciences. 

Application process

The application window for 2024 is now closed. 

Visit how to apply for information about submitting a project proposal, and how we evaluate them. 

If you have questions about the institute or application process, please email