HRC Doc Lab Requests for Proposals: Documentary Projects

The Humanities Research Center’s Doc Lab seeks proposal submissions for documentary projects. The projects can be rooted in any discipline and/or be interdisciplinary in nature as long as they incorporate a humanities perspective. The projects can be based in any medium of preference.

Both students and faculty are invited to submit project proposals. Students who would like to submit proposals are required to find at least one DKU faculty member to mentor the project. Faculty who submit a proposal must incorporate at least one student role as part of the project. Teams featuring multiple student roles are highly encouraged. Proposals that include or consist of Signature Work projects are welcome.

Funding Amount

Maximum funding per project is 12,000 RMB. The project budget should adequately fit the scope of work being proposed and be well-justified. The proposal review committee may request a budget revision or additional justification.


All DKU students and faculty are eligible to apply for funding. Student applicants are required to identify at least one DKU faculty member, from whom they have received an approval for supervision. Faculty must propose at least one student role as part of the project team.

Proposal Format

The proposal should be no longer than 2 pages in length with single-spaced 12-point Arial font. The proposal should include “Title”, “Participants”, “Summary”, “Background” and “Budget” sections.

Title: should be concise and should give an overall idea about the project.

Participants: list all participants (students and faculty) and their roles. Faculty proposals must identify a student role, but need not identify particular students who will fill that role. The DKU Doc Lab will help faculty of accepted proposals find interested students to staff their projects if needed. Likewise, the DKU Doc Lab can offer some assistance to student projects in search of a faculty advisor, although students interested in submitting a proposal are very much encouraged to seek out faculty on their own.

Summary: functions as an abstract for the proposal. It should go over the nature, scope, and aims of the project from a broad perspective without going into much detail.

Background: is a section for you to discuss prior research on the issue directly related to your work. Here you should provide your motivations for conducting research or designing a project in your area of interest and include necessary information to understand the fundamentals of the issue.

Budget: please specify the estimated cost of your project or research and identify the components. You should provide a brief justification for each proposed cost.

Project Timeline

Accepted proposals will be expected to be executed on one of two possible timelines: either during academic year 2022-2023, or over the summer in 2022.


Submission will be through e-mail. Please send your proposals to Assistant Professor Kaley Clements ( and copy all affiliated individuals (students and faculty members). Proposals will be accepted on a monthly basis and must be submitted by 11:59pm on the 28th of each month.

Criteria for Selection

Projects will be selected for support based on whether they meet the criteria introduced in this RFP, feasibility, have clearly incorporated a humanities perspective, and fit within the context of the set of projects the DKU Doc Lab supports. Projects need to adhere to DKU’s IRB protocols and receive approval when needed.