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The RPA invites seed grant proposals that focus on questions related to global digital cultures. The Global Digital Cultures steering committee will assess all proposals with specific attention to proposals’ engagement with global and cultural aspects of digitization. Proposed projects must be interdisciplinary and involve applicants of at least 2 different faculties at the UvA.

The GDC 2022 seed funding round calls for projects that examine how digitization is changing the world, thematizing and problematizing the digital and the global with specific attention to cultural processes and contexts. Accordingly, we expect projects to explicitly theorize or reflect on the digital, the global, and the cultural and how these dimensions figure in relation to the proposed research questions. This explicit engagement can take on various forms but the incorporation of perspectives and comparisons from beyond Europe and North America, and of a focus on cultural practices and/or discourses, are encouraged. Moreover, proposals should tie directly to questions and research agendas organized around the three themes of the Global Digital Cultures RPA: 1) consumption and participation, 2) production and labor, and 3) security and citizenship. Such connections include but are not limited to assessments of the cultural, socio-economic, and political implications of digitization within these three domains, or critical assessments of the agendas and efforts of Big Tech companies in these domains. For more information visit our areas of inquiry

Proposals must be interdisciplinary and involve applicants of at least 2 different faculties at the UvA. At least one applicant must have a permanent position at the UvA at the time of the application. In addition to UvA-based assistant, associate, and full professors, we also explicitly encourage postdocs and Ph.D. candidates to apply. External Ph.D. candidates already registered at the UvA may apply for temporary research time. 

All submissions must be submitted no later than November 26, 2021, by sending an email to with the subject line "GDC Seed Funding Call 2022". More details on the application procedures and access to the application form can be found here

The grants have a duration of max 1 year and a value of max EUR 30,000. They can be used to cover the costs of, for example, data collection, research assistance, or extra research time for writing an article, book chapter, or interdisciplinary grant application (NWO, NIAS, KNAW, ERC). Extra research time can be used for either a temporary reduction in teaching or to create or extend a temporary research appointment. The grants must lead to clearly specified outputs, for example, a grant application, a publication, a dataset, an exhibition, or other results.