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.


Graduate Student Fellows receive a nine-month stipend of approximately $26,855, 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.

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. 

Selection criteria and 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.

Application instructions

All materials are submitted electronically through the online application by the department administrator. It is the graduate student’s responsibility to ensure that their department administrator is supplied with all required materials and information to complete the online application. Please read these instructions carefully as they have recently changed.

Instructions for Graduate Students:

The following materials should be submitted to your department administrator in electronic format. Please contact your department administrator directly to confirm their preferred contact and method of submission. To help ensure a smooth and easy application process, it is strongly recommended that you create one Word document or PDF with the following information.

1. Applicant information:

  • Applicant’s name
  • Applicant’s department and school
  • Applicant’s address, including phone number
  • Applicant’s e-mail address, Net ID, and NYU ID number (N #)
  • Title of dissertation and expected date of PhD
  • Name, title, phone number, and e-mail of dissertation advisor
  • Name, title, phone number, and e-mail of director of graduate studies
  • Name, title, phone number, and e-mail of department chair

2. Research description:

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.

3. Full curriculum vitae

Instructions for the Dissertation Advisor:

Please submit a letter of recommendation for this student. 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. Submit your letter of recommendation directly to the department administrator to be included in the student’s application.

Instructions for Department Chair:

Please submit a nomination letter for this student. In the case of multiple applications from the same department, a single letter is acceptable as long as it addresses each candidate.

Instructions for Department Administrator:

Gather the following materials in preparation for completing the application:

  • Document(s) submitted by the student.
  • Letter of recommendation submitted by the student’s dissertation advisor.
  • Nomination letter submitted by the department chair.
  • One unofficial graduate transcript (obtain at

Once the above materials are prepared, submit the Graduate Fellowships application.

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 Submission and Deadline

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.

Departments should submit final applications in November.


Applicants and their respective departments will be notified of award decisions in February.

Further Information

Questions regarding applications should be addressed to