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Grant of the Week: NHPRC-Mellon Start-Up Grants for Collaborative Digital Editions

Karen Lou | Jan 25, 2021

Every week, Perspectives Daily showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship that has been posted to our free community calendar. This week we are featuring the NHPRC-Mellon Start-Up Grants for Collaborative Digital Editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History.


The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), with funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks proposals for its new program for Collaborative Digital Editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History.

Grants are awarded to collaborative teams consisting of at least two scholar-editors, as well as one or more archivists, digital scholars, data curators, and/or other support and technical staff, as appropriate to fulfill the planning goals and early-implementation needs of the proposed edition. The NHPRC strongly encourages applications from collaborative teams that include BIPOC faculty and staff in key positions, and that include editorial, archival, and technical staff at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, and/or other Indigenous and Native American tribal scholars and community members, and members of the Asian American community. The NHPRC also encourages projects to seek out community members as well as undergraduate and graduate students to contribute to (and benefit from) participation in all phases of the project.

Eligible projects in this category typically focus on collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, transcribing, annotating, editing, encoding, and publishing original manuscript or typewritten documents, and/or historical records in other formats, such as analog audio and/or born-digital records. This grant program does not support the production of film or video documentaries. 

Before beginning the process, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Director for Publishing, Darrell Meadows (, 202-357-5321) at the NHPRC who may: 

  • Offer advice about preparing the proposal;
  • Advise the applicant about the review process; 
  • Answer questions about what activities are eligible for support; 
  • Read and comment on a preliminary draft. Applicants should submit a draft at least 2 months before the deadline. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit drafts, but drafts are not required. Draft materials may be submitted anytime up to (but no later than) the draft deadline specified above. 


A grant is for up to two years and for up to $60,000 per year. The Commission expects to make up to 6 grants in this category for a total of up to $720,000. Start-Up Grants begin no earlier than January 1, 2022.

The Commission requires that grant recipients acknowledge NHPRC grant assistance in all publications, publicity, and other products that result from its support.

End: Draft (optional): Anytime up to April 1, 2021 | Final Deadline: June 9, 2021


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