#metoo Digital Media Collection Special Project Grants

A Joint Initiative of HDSI and Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library

(This call is closed)

Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library, the nation’s leading archive devoted to the history of American women, has built a massive digital archive of the #metoo movement, beginning in 2017, when the hashtag exploded in popularity across the Internet. The growing collection currently contains over 32 million tweets referencing #metoo and dozens of related hashtags, as well as 1,100 web sites and thousands of news articles.

This special one-time grant opportunity, a joint initiative of HDSI and the Schlesinger Library, seeks to seed research and teaching projects using the datasets. We hope to catalyze the innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship bridging data science, gender studies, and history, among other disciplines. Applications from faculty who would be interested in using the collection in their teaching would be especially welcome.

Potential project areas

These datasets document the history of the #metoo movement, but they contain many other stories as well. Researchers could use the datasets to analyze how online social movements spread both in the United States and globally, the kind of topics discussed on social media, and the influence of certain kinds of participants in that realm. We would be particularly interested in projects using these data to analyze the participation and portrayal of women and other gender minorities in social media. We also welcome proposals which will seek to pilot new methodologies for analyzing massive digital corpora. These are examples only, and applicants are encouraged to think broadly.

Award Amount and Duration: The total budget for the initiative is $50,000, from which we anticipate making 2-3 awards of up to $15,000 for semester-long projects, and possibly 2-3 smaller awards of up to $5,000 each for research to take place in the summer of 2021.

Eligibility: Individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard school and who have principal investigator rights at that school are eligible to apply. (Harvard Medical School faculty must hold a faculty appointment with PI rights in one of HMS’s Quad-based, preclinical departments).

Application Requirements: Please submit the following online here:

  1. Project Statement (2 pages maximum) that addresses:
    1. The question or problem, and why it is important.
    2. The approach to be taken.
    3. The potential impact of the proposed work broadly upon the scholarly fields to which it speaks.
    4. The implications of the proposed project for Schlesinger Library’s digital collections program.
  2. Abridged CV or Biosketch (limit 2 pages)
  3. Budget Estimate (up to $15,000), with major divisions of funds listed as line items (personnel, equipment, etc.). School assessments and/or indirect costs should not be included in your budget (the DSI will arrange these with home schools separately). Examples of eligible expenses include: personnel (including postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate students), equipment, teaching-related expenses, and travel to present results. The following expenses are NOT eligible for funding: faculty salary, graduate student tuition, subcontracts outside Harvard unless there is a clear scientific rationale for why the work needs to be done externally.

Reporting: Each awardee is expected to complete a short interim report three months from the date funds are awarded, and a final report within 30 days of project completion.

If you have questions about the #metoo Digital Media Collection grants, please contact datascience@harvard.edu or jennifer_weintraub@radcliffe.harvard.edu.