Documenting Global Voices
Documenting Global Voices (DGV) is a granting program that enables organizations holding at-risk materials as well as faculty, researchers, and cultural heritage specialists to digitize analog materials or to collect and make accessible existing digital assets. All the digital files will be publicly accessible via a UCLA Library-hosted website.
Content scope includes rare and unique materials from the 19th century to the present of historical, cultural, and social significance from regions with limited resources for archival preservation.
The 2018 call for applications is now closed.
The forms below will be updated for the next round of applications in December 2019. The proposal review process will include two steps. During the first step, applicants will submit a preliminary proposal. The authors of the most promising proposals will be invited to develop full proposals.
Grant Agreement Template (Terms and Conditions)
Full Application [Due May 15 by Invitation Only]
- Copy the Full Proposal in Google Docs
- Download the Full Proposal
Grant of Permissions Form
- DGV Grant of Permission form - institutions (Google Docs)
- DGV Grant of Permission form – individuals (Google Docs)
Preliminary Proposal Application Materials
- Download the preliminary application in *.doc format:
- Download the guidelines in *.doc format:
- or PDF format:
Who can apply?
Organizations that hold at-risk materials, as well as faculty, researchers, and cultural heritage specialists affiliated with an institution.
- Grants must be administered by not-for-profit organizations in the field of education, research or archival/library management.
- Any accredited member of teaching or research faculty, and any registered post-graduate researcher, at a university or similar higher education institution.
- Archivists and librarians with responsibilities for special collections in archives, a national or research library, or a similar institution.
What are the criteria?
Documenting Global Voices will support the evaluation of collections for digitization and/or curation, the digitization of materials, and projects to collect, convert and describe existing digital assets.
Documenting Global Voices will solicit and accept proposals according to the following scope:
- Time Period: Materials should date from 19th century to the present.
- Content: Materials should document history, society, culture, and politics, with an emphasis on social justice, human rights, and under-documented communities.
- Geographical Focus: Materials from regions outside North America and Europe with limited resources for archival preservation are preferred, particularly, but not limited to, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia.
- Format: Materials should be unique or rare, which may be represented in formats such as handwritten material, audio and video materials, photographs, and ephemera.
Proposals will be evaluated by an international panel of scholars using the following criteria:
- Urgency of the project, as reflected, for example, by the timeliness of the content and vulnerability of the materials
- Scholarly significance of the materials proposed
- Viability of online publication based on the grantees’ rights and privacy analysis
- Project feasibility according to timeframe and resources requested, including physical space and personnel to conduct the activities proposed
- Expertise and experience of the applicants
- If the grant applicant is not the owning repository of the materials, there must be a letter of support from the owning repository
- Commitment and planning within the proposed project to create metadata in English and the language of the culture in which the materials were created
How large are the grants?
Documenting Global Voices will offer two types of grant funding:
- Planning grants of up to $15,000 to evaluate collections for digitization and/or curation.
- Project grants of up to $50,000 for up to 2 years to digitize or systematize already-digital assets, describe, and deliver digital assets and metadata to the UCLA Library.
Who can I contact with questions?
Contact the Documenting Global Voices staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To be eligible for a Documenting Global Voices grant, the materials should date from 19th century to the present. If you have at-risk materials that are older and relate to a ‘pre-modern' period of a society's history, consider applying for an Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) grant from the British Library. Learn more.