DEFCon Teaching Fellowship Application
The Digital Ethnic Futures Consortium (DEFCon) and the Mellon Foundation invite proposals for grants to support course development for digital ethnic studies at four-year or two-year public colleges and universities in the U.S. or U.S. territories (excluding R1s). 

For full details of our funding opportunities, please visit:

DEFCon Teaching Fellowships

DEFCon Teaching Fellowships support course design. Fellows develop a course that explores topics from one or more ethnic studies fields (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American studies) and digital humanities. Courses that include a community-engaged component are especially welcome. DEFCon Teaching Fellows receive a stipend of $2,500 (50 hours @ $50/hour) to support their course development. This will be paid as a stipend to the fellow, though we have previously redirected stipends to community partners at the request of fellows. 

DEFCon Teaching Fellows will also meet regularly with a mentor who we provide (schedule to be determined between the fellow and mentor), as well as monthly with a group of other fellows led by a DEFCon Steering Committee member. 

The deliverable for this program is a syllabus for the course and assignment materials. These materials will be deposited in Humanities Commons with a Creative Commons license to permit reuse with attribution. 

Deadline: January 13, 2023

Notification: January 27, 2023 

Deliverable Due: September 1, 2023

Stipend Disbursement: September 15, 2023

Eligibility: Faculty (contingent and tenure-line) and librarians at four-year or two-year public colleges and universities in the U.S. or U.S. territories (excluding R1s) who wish to develop a course in ethnic studies that integrates digital humanities methodologies or a course in digital humanities that integrates ethnic studies. 

Graduate students are welcome to apply, provided that theare developing the course to teach at a four-year or two-year public college or university in the U.S. or U.S. territories (excluding R1s)

We are able to make arrangements to ensure that fellows whose visa restrictions preclude receiving a stipend can be paid through their home institution. 

Recipients must be members of DEFCon. Joining DEFCon is free and easy (i.e., sign up for our email list)! See our Join page for details. 

DEFCon is a consortium that supports the growth of the digital ethnic studies field, which brings together critiques of racial capitalism, community-engaged approaches to research, and digital humanities methodologies. Complementing work in discrete fields like Black and Latinx digital humanities, digital ethnic studies draws on the affordances of ethnic studies, an interdisciplinary examination of difference that foregrounds race, ethnicity, and indigeneity through a comparative framework. Through digital methods, digital ethnic studies explores connections and divergences between people of color and Indigenous people in the U.S., articulated through a range of digital genres, including digital archives, social media, and data visualization. Moreover, digital ethnic studies places at its forefront the community-engaged research practices that are integral to ethnic studies and its commitment to research with (not on) communities.

Please direct questions to Roopika Risam (Consortium Director) at

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Name *
Email address *
Institution *
Title or role *
Department(s) *
How would you rate your experience level with digital humanities? (1 = no experience; 3 = some experience; 5 = significant experience) *
How would you rate your experience level with Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and/or Asian American studies? (1 = no experience; 3 = some experience; 5 = significant experience) *
If you have taught a digital humanities course before, what topics did you cover?
If you have taught Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and/or Asian American studies, what topics did you cover?
Proposed Course Title *
Proposed course description (250 words max.) Be sure that both the ethnic studies and digital humanities components are indicated in the description.  *
In which department(s) would the proposed course be offered? *
Will your department schedule you to teach your course in academic year 2023-2024? *
In which of the following formats would you prefer mentorship?  *
What kinds of mentorship support would you anticipate needing to create your course? 
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