Current Applications

Call for Applications 2022-23

Cambridge Digital Humanities offers funding to support research activity by University of Cambridge researchers and staff (including ECR researchers) in areas relevant to Digital Humanities. We are pleased to open the latest call for applications for work in the following categories:

Bid Development Awards

Providing support of up to £2000 for projects in the process of developing bids for funding in the digital humanities, supporting the practical steps towards the development of coherent and realisable bids for submission to funding bodies. Activities might include honing a project for a specific funding call, shaping digital humanities critical approaches and methodologies, clarifying research questions, funding assistance with scoping and costing technical aspects, identifying and building networks and finding external partnerships.

Digital Resources Awards

Providing funding of up to £1000 to create digital resources supporting DH research. Resources may take the form of images (2D or 3D), film, audio, as well as more specialist forms of imaging and analysis. In addition, the creation of sample data sets as part of the creation of larger research bids is within scope of this funding. Priority will be given to applications that can demonstrate a broader benefit to digital humanities as a whole and that address specific research questions.

Project Incubation Awards

Providing initial seed funding of up to £2000 for digital humanities projects as the basis of development towards larger funding bids. Funding will usually be awarded to projects that can demonstrate broad significance to the digital humanities while addressing specific research questions. Examples include the development and testing of research methodologies, experimental technological work towards developing standards, tools and platforms, work towards the establishment of networks and partnerships, or building digital humanities skills and knowledge in the academic community. The limited scope of the funding means that applications should be tightly focused on particular problem areas with an emphasis on experimental approaches.

How to apply

We will review applications after these deadlines:

Michaelmas Deadline: Sunday, 30 October 2022
Lent Deadline: Sunday, 26 February 2023

Please note we will not consider applications after 26 February 2023 for the academic year 2022/23.

To apply, please fill out the application form:

Past Awards


We’re delighted to have helped the previous CDH researchers listed below. Please visit CDH Awards for more information and how to apply for the current academic year.


Bid Development Awards

Alexis Litvine ‘Gaming the Industrial Revolution’

The funding helped prepare a bid to develop an innovative approach to game-based learning in a collaborative, benefitting students, teachers, and game designers. A game prototype articulates multiple causal chains in a game format, letting students explore causal links iteratively through play to discover and formalise the relationship between the games’ variables on their own in a formal school setting.

Laura Moretti ‘The digital turn in early modern Japanese literature’

The project asks specific research questions designed to move the field forward by addressing empirical, methodological, and critical considerations. How can accuracy be achieved in OCR software designed for Japanese cursive scripts?

Digital Resource Awards

Rebecca Naylor, Lizzy Ennion-Smith & Michael Loy ‘Digital Thessaly: Reuniting the Alan Wace Archive’

A project to digitise early 20th Century research notebooks from three separate archives.

This project reunites the British School at Athens’ Digital Collections Alan Wace’s research notebooks that formed the basis of his and Maurice Thompson’s 1912 publication Prehistoric Thessaly. Wace is an important link between Athens and Cambridge, as a former Director of the BSA (1914–1923) and as Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology at Cambridge (1934–1944).

Aphrodita Nicolova ‘Poetic Justice Values in UK’s Digital Spoken Word Education: Artographic to Autoethnographic Portraits of Collective Becoming’

A project to commission a poet to write, perform and film a summative poem.

Read about Aphrodita’s project.

Project Incubation Awards

Aneirin Jones ‘Tracing Ideas Across Networks’ 

Tracing Ideas Across Networks was conceived with the aim of using the transcribed letters of John Stevens Henslow as the basis for experimenting with different Python tools, gaining insights into both the dataset and the application of digital methods. This award paid for Aneirin to explore the potential of methods in topic modelling and social network analysis to trace the movement of ideas across networks. 

Read about the project here

Ronald Haynes ‘Dimensions of Darwin/Darwin 3D Project’

Charles Darwin generated an enormous written archive and amassed a wide array of specimens and objects during his lifetime. Advances in technology are making it increasingly possible to engage with physical archives in virtual space. This funding paid for further digitisation of Darwin’s Herbarium images, MorphoSource storage and workshop delivery, as well as Exhibit hosting.

Read about the Dimensions of Darwin project and future research at the Cambridge University Herbarium.

Huw Cheston

Our award helped Huw to develop a new software platform to capture musical performances and introduce a wide range of potential manipulations into the audio and visual feedback. The team has begun the development and testing of the software platform that aims to facilitate innovative research into interactive music-making and, indeed, other forms of human communication.

Research Networks

Robert Dorschel & Stefanie Felsberger

The Technology & New Media Research Network brings together academics with an interest in technology and new media in order to explore and discuss recent and ongoing research. In the last year, a wide range of research topics have been covered, including digital labour, digital media cultures, AI ethics, tech workers, automation, environmental impacts as well as the economic transformations unfolding through technological innovations.

Chen Qu

To design and convene a transdisciplinary network Browsed, Bridged, Beyond on emerging digital development and digital health/wellbeing.

Read more about this research network.


Award recipients in 2020-2021.

Get in touch

Karen Herbane

Karen Herbane

Learning and Events Coordinator

Cambridge Digital Humanities

Tel: +44 1223 766886