Today, the Humanities Initiative is proud to announce our fellowship programs for the 2014-15 academic year. Each year, the HI sponsors some 25 fellows—both graduate students and faculty—to pursue their research interests in the broad fields of the humanities. We would like to invite all interested students and faculty to apply for this year’s round of fellowships. Read a short synopsis of each program below, and be on the look out for the applications, which will go live during in mid-August.
The Humanities Initiative offers Research Fellowships to full-time faculty in the humanities and art disciplines, including but not limited to history, art history, music, philosophy, cultural studies, literary and language studies, religious studies, drama and performance studies, cinema studies, and gender studies. They meet on a weekly basis for lunch with all the fellows to discuss their work-in-progress and that of invited guests, and will participate in Initiative activities.
Each year the Humanities Initiative generally offers three Research Fellowships to graduate students in the humanities and art disciplines, including but not limited to history, art history, music, philosophy, cultural studies, literary and language studies, religious studies, drama and performance studies, cinema studies, and gender studies. They meet on a weekly basis for lunch with all the fellows to discuss their work-in-progress and that of invited guests, and will participate in Initiative activities.
The Humanities Initiative makes available a limited number of grants in support of projects with a humanistic focus. As of September 2013, the Grants-in-Aid competition will be devoted exclusively to publication assistance. Funds are limited and awarded on a rolling basis.
This program is designed to foster creative and dynamic teaching across humanistic disciplines and departments, in the interest of generating innovative new courses and teaching formats. This year we will consider proposals from two faculty members with different areas of expertise within the same department. However, all things being equal, preference will be given to those proposals which bring together colleagues and, ideally, students, from different departments, disciplines, and schools. Existing courses may be used for the team-taught initiative, or new courses may be proposed, either to be cross-listed in different departments and/or schools. Funded courses will be offered in spring or fall of 2015.
Research Project Teams
In an effort to build community and foster interdisciplinary exchange on topics with a humanistic focus at New York University, the Humanities Initiative sponsors Research Project Team grants. The Initiative envisions a Research Project Team as bringing together NYU faculty and graduate students in a carefully planned series of meetings on a focused topic in the humanities where interdisciplinary approaches are likely to be particularly fruitful. The Initiative expects that the work achieved by the WRGs will generate new curricular offerings, publications, conferences, or collaborative faculty projects.
Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship
The Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship was developed in partnership by the Humanities Initiative at NYU and the New York Council for the Humanities to bring humanities scholarship into the public realm, to encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere, to develop skills for doing so, and to strengthen the community of the public humanities in New York State. The yearlong Fellowship will provide training in the methods and approaches of public scholarship and will support the work of Fellows in exploring the public dimensions of their own scholarship in partnership with a community organization that serves public audiences.