Doctoral Fellowship

at the NYU Center for the Humanities

Each year the NYU Center for the Humanities 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. Fellows are expected to be present in New York within the University community for the entire year of their residency. They will meet on a weekly basis to discuss their work-in-progress and that of invited guests, and will participate in Center activities.

Deadline: November 13, 2017

Applications will be available in September 2017. Notifications begin on or about February 20, 2018.


All Ph.D. candidates maintaining matriculation with full-time status in the Graduate School of Arts and Science (including IFA, Performance Studies, and Cinema Studies) or the Steinhardt School are eligible to apply.

Priority will be given to students in the final year of their doctoral program. GSAS students may apply for a Fellowship for post-MacCracken support.

Program Requirements

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

Department Nomination

Students must be nominated by their department chair in consultation with their director of graduate studies. A department may nominate up to three applicants.

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.


Graduate Student Fellows receive a nine-month stipend of approximately $27,526, comprehensive health insurance, maintenance of matriculation and service fees, and a research award of $2,000. If awarded a NYU Center for the Humanities Research Fellowship, the student must turn down any other full-year grant/fellowship from another funding source.

Dissertation Fellowship Research Stipends

In addition to the three Graduate Fellows to be funded through the Center, two winners of the GSAS Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship or Mellon Fellowship will be selected as Honorary Fellows to participate in the year’s weekly meetings and events. Each Honorary Fellow will receive a research award of $2,000 and will take part fully in the Center’s programming. No separate application is necessary to be considered for the Honorary Fellowship.

Application Instructions

Applications for the Graduate Student Research Fellowship competition may be submitted only by the student’s department. Applicants should therefore check on internal departmental deadlines.

Graduate Students: Please contact your department administrator directly to confirm their preferred contact and method of submission. It is the graduate student’s responsibility to ensure that their department administrator is supplied with all required materials and information from sections 1 & 2 below.

Department Administrators: You are responsible for submitting all materials electronically through the online application. Please complete one application form per student.

1. Applicant Information

Department administrators will be asked to include the student’s following information: department, school, address and phone number, e-mail address, Net ID, NYU ID Number (N#), and expected date of PhD. They will also need to provide the name, title, phone number, and e-mail address of the student’s dissertation advisor, director of graduate studies, and department chair.

Full Curriculum Vitae (Word Document or PDF)

Students must provide their department administrator with a full CV to submit via the application form.

2. Research Experience & Project

Department administrators will be asked to include the title of the student’s dissertation in addition to uploading the documents listed below.

Proposal (Word Document or PDF)

The proposal, consisting of no more than 1000 words, should describe the dissertation, its importance for the field in particular and the humanities more generally, and the progress expected to be made during the Fellowship year.

Unofficial Graduate Transcript (PDF)

The student’s transcript can be obtained by either the student or department administrator from

3. Letters of Support

Department administrators are responsible for collecting and uploading two letters of support for the student: one from the dissertation advisor, and one from the department chair.

Dissertation Advisor

This letter should assess the student’s expected contribution to his/her field and his/her ability to engage productively with an interdisciplinary group of scholars. Letters should be submitted directly to the department administrator to be included in the student’s application.

Department Chair

In the case of multiple applications from the same department, a single letter is acceptable as long as it addresses each candidate.

Selection Criteria & Review Process

Fellows will be selected by the NYU Center for the Humanities Fellowship Review Committee. The proposal and the department nomination will form the basis for the Committee’s decision making. Criteria for selection will be the strength and promise of the research project, the student’s academic record, and the potential for the student to contribute to and benefit from broad-based interdisciplinary discussions and activities.

Questions regarding applications should be addressed to