Faculty Fellowships — Applicant

  • Application Deadline: November 13, 2017
    This form should be completed by the Faculty applicant.

    The NYU Center for the Humanities offers Research Fellowships to full-time faculty at NYU 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. Designed as a year of intensive scholarship aided by discussion, dialogue, and regular exchange with colleagues from around the University, the Faculty Fellowship brings together a group of distinguished, established, and emerging scholars selected in a rigorous review process.

    Faculty Fellows meet weekly for a luncheon seminar to present research, debate ideas, and learn from colleagues. They participate in Center events of their choosing where they often also contribute as moderators and interlocutors. During their residency, Fellows are expected to be present in New York within the University community and take on a reduced teaching schedule.


    All full-time faculty at NYU in the humanities and art disciplines are eligible to apply. Applicants may not have had an NYU-supported leave in the year preceding the Fellowship year. More than one applicant from the same department may apply. Prospective fellows should be at a stage in their research and writing that will permit them to be in residence at NYU for the totality of the Fellowship year.

    Program Requirements

    There are two main requirements expected of faculty participating in this program.

    Course Release. Faculty members must consult with their department chair regarding their intent to apply, and agree on a reasonable course load for the Fellowship year that will minimize the impact on undergraduate teaching. Chairs should write a brief letter in support of the applicant and indicate the department’s willingness to free the Fellow from specified teaching assignments and administrative responsibilities. Fellows in consultation with their chair may choose to reduce their teaching load by one course each semester or by two courses in either the fall or spring semester. The weekly luncheon seminar is mandatory for all faculty participants.

    Weekly Meetings. Fellows are expected to attend weekly meetings with the entire cohort of research fellows. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss projects and emerging humanities trends.


    The teaching load of Faculty Fellows will be reduced by up to 50%. Fellows’ remaining course load will be two or more courses, and must include one undergraduate course. Fellows will receive regular salary and benefits through their home department and school. The Provost’s Office will contribute up to $15,000 toward the teaching replacement costs and benefits of the Fellows’ departments.

    Selection Criteria & Review Process

    Successful proposals will clearly define a research problem that can be investigated in a one-year project period; will provide a self-contained account of what will be done, how and why; and will demonstrate the likelihood of a significant contribution to the field. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding scholarly promise and ability to successfully undertake the project. In selecting a cohort of Fellows, the Selection Committee will be particularly interested in identifying scholars who represent a diversity of fields and methodological perspectives, and who have demonstrated the ability to engage with other scholars in interdisciplinary conversations. The creative work of applicants in the arts disciplines must involve substantial historical or humanistic research.

    Fellows will be selected by the NYU Center for the Humanities Fellowship Selection Committee, composed of senior faculty appointed by the Provost, based on review of the proposal, the C.V., and an external reference.

  • 1. Applicant Information

  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
    Please use the following file name: Lastname-03-CV (Ex: Osse-03-CV) // In no more than five pages, please indicate education and positions held, publications and major presentations, honors and awards.

  • 2. Research Experience & Project

  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
    Please use the following file name: Lastname-02-Project (Ex: Osse-02-Project) // The proposal, consisting of no more than 1,200 words, should describe the research project to be undertaken during the applicant's residency, goals to be accomplished, the project's significance within the field, and its capacity to bridge disciplinary boundaries.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
    Please use the following file name: Lastname-04-Sample (Ex: Osse-04-Sample) // Please submit one sample of a published work such as an article, book chapter, or significant conference paper (sample not to exceed 50 pages). The submission of books, very long articles, or entire dissertations is discouraged.

  • 3. Letters of Support

  • Upon submitting this application, an email will be sent to your external referee and department chairs requesting a letter of support. It is strongly suggested that you follow up with them directly.

    External Referee Information

  • Department Chair Information

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