How to Apply

The PEN & Inc application window is between early August and mid September of each year. If you would like to be informed when the application opens, please subscribe to the Digital Humanities Listserv.

The questions on the application form are as follows:

  • Your Name
  • Your Email
  • Your Department
  • Your Status (e.g. faculty, graduate student, undergraduate, staff)
  • Your Project Name
  • Project Description (1-3 Paragraphs)
  • What data and materials do you expect to publish through your project website?
  • What web application(s) do you want to use (you may answer “I don’t know yet”)
  • What digital research skills do you expect to use in your project?
  • How do you plan to use the $1,000 award?
  • What other information would you like us to know

We also ask an optional question about your availability to help with scheduling.

How we evaluate your application

Each year, we get a lot of strong proposals for the PEN & Inc program. The strongest proposals use the project description to highlight why a project website would benefit the research project. What can be accomplished with web technologies that can’t be accomplished in other formats? How can web features like interactivity, multimedia display, and hyperlinking impact your project? How will a website help you connect better with your project’s audience?

It is also helpful to articulate what you expect to publish on the website. Will it primarily be a research blog? Do you want to create interactive data visualizations? Are you building a digital exhibit that shows how different works are in conversation with each other? Any of these options are excellent examples for PEN & Inc, but being sure you can articulate what the content of your website will be is important for evaluating your application.

If you have any further questions about the application or the program, please email lib-create[at]fsu[dot]edu.