The purpose of this grant is to encourage and support projects at the intersection of science, technology, and the humanities, using technology to make historical materials accessible and engaging to people outside the academy. Such historical materials may include archival holdings, manuscripts, government documents and records, oral history recordings, and other “primary source” material, broadly defined. Given the enormous gender gap in science and technology, this grant is reserved for women enrolled in graduate programs at MIT. The end result of the project should be a website or digital exhibition of some kind. Successful applicants will also be expected to deliver a final report and give a public presentation upon completion of the project.
Each year, one applicant will be selected by the grant committee to receive up to $10,000 to support her project. These funds are available for any non-tuition/non-stipendiary expenses (e.g. the costs for creation of digital products).
Applicants should submit a two-page proposal, outlining the creative vision and practical execution process of the project, plus a CV. The proposal should include (1) a description of the project and its timeline, (2) a clear statement describing the digital product and how that product will be shared with the public, including how relevant permissions will be secured, and (3) a budget for the project. Applications for the 2016-17 academic year should be sent by 11 October 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ada Lovelace Grant is sponsored jointly by MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society and by the MIT Libraries. Get more information here.