Working Research Group — Applicant

  • Application Deadline: January 29, 2018
    This form should be completed by a faculty member applicant.

    In an effort to build community and foster interdisciplinary exchange on topics with a humanistic focus at New York University, the NYU Center for the Humanities sponsors Working Research Group grants. The Center envisions these grants 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 Center expects that the work achieved by the Working Research Groups will generate new curricular offerings, publications, conferences, or collaborative faculty projects.

    Designed to enhance the quality of research at NYU, and to promote collaboration and exchange across disciplinary lines, the Center offers these grants for faculty to lead regularly scheduled meetings on topics of broad humanistic concern for a period of one or two years. Emphasis is placed on allowing NYU faculty and graduate students to explore a topic of mutual concern.



    Eligibility
    All full-time faculty in all schools of the University are eligible to apply, and are encouraged to involve colleagues and graduate students in their own and other disciplines in the planning and implementation of the proposed Working Research Group. Co-directors of each working group must be appointed in at least two separate departments or schools in the humanities.

    Program Requirements

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

    Participants. The Center requests that each Working Research Group have co-directors drawn from at least two distinct disciplinary areas, departments, or schools at NYU, which may include the sciences and the professional schools, but at least one co-director must be from the humanities. Although the core participants of the Working Research Group are expected to be members of the NYU community, participants from other area institutions are also welcome. Working Research Groups are not intended to be lecture series. While meetings may be timed to take advantage of visits to NYU by distinguished scholars, reliance on invited outside speakers should be limited. The Center believes that active participation in a successful Working Research Group will have many educational benefits for graduate students. Consequently, graduate students, including those from the professional schools, should be actively involved in each Working Research Group and contribute at least a quarter of the Working Research Group’s presentations.

    Reporting. The co-directors of each Working Research Group are expected to send a brief written report to the NYU Center for the Humanities at the end of each of the two years of the grant period, including a summary of activities and outcomes, and an accounting of all expenditures.

    Funding

    For each group, funding is available for up to $5,000 per year, with a maximum of $10,000 over the two-year period. The proposal must include a preliminary budget.

    Length of Project. The Center recognizes the benefit of sustained work over an extended period of time. While proposals for one-year Working Research Groups will be considered, those committed to two-year projects will be given priority.

    Selection Criteria & Review Process

    We consider the following when reviewing applications.

    • Is the proposed topic presented in a clear, detailed, well-organized way, and does it adhere to the Working Research Groups guidelines?
    • If you are working with a cultural institution in New York City, how does this proposal incorporate this institution? How will NYU faculty and students collaborate with this institution?
    • To what extent does the proposal demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to the topic? Does it draw effectively on the expertise within NYU on the selected topic?
    • To what degree and in what capacity will graduate students participate in the proposed Working Research Group?
    • How will the work of the group advance faculty and graduate student research in the humanities?
    • Does the work of the group have the potential for making a significant impact within a department, school, or the humanities in general (for example, through curricular development, a conference, a publication, etc.)?
    • Is the budget solid and reflective of real needs?
    • Is the group likely to sustain a certain level of activity when it no longer receives funding?
  • 1. Co-Director Information

  • Co-Director #1
  • Ex: abc123
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
    Please save file as AbbreviatedName_5CV (ex: Humanities_5CV) // In no more than five pages, please indicate education and positions held, publications and major presentations, honors, and awards.

  • Co-Director #2
  • Ex: abc123
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
    Please save file as AbbreviatedName_6CV (ex: Humanities_6CV) // In no more than five pages, please indicate education and positions held, publications and major presentations, honors, and awards.

  • Additional Co-Directors
  • Co-directors from two or more distinct disciplinary areas, departments, or schools are required. Please include their full information, including name, title, email, netID, department, school, and office address.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
    Please save file as AbbreviatedName_7CV (ex: Humanities_7CV) // In no more than five pages, please indicate education and positions held, publications and major presentations, honors, and awards.

  • Core Participants

    Please include a list of core NYU participants, including graduate students, and their affiliations. Where applicable, list participations from other institutions and indicate their affiliations.

  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
    Please save the file as AbbreviatedName_3Participants (ex: Humanities_3Participants)


  • 2. Project Information

  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
    Please save the file as AbbreviatedName_1Project (ex: Humanities_1Project) // Submit a concise description (no more than 1500 words) of your Working Research Group addressing the following: Leading ideas and questions unifying the Group; Statement of how the topic will bring together a broad community of scholars at NYU.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
    Please save the file as AbbreviatedName_2Activities (ex: Humanities_2Activities) // Outline of proposed activities of the Working Research Group over the course of its proposed duration.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, xls, docx, xlsx.
    Please save the file as AbbreviatedName_4Budget (ex: Humanities_4Budget) // Submit itemized costs on one page. The budget may include some support for a work-study undergraduate to help with administrative/clerical tasks. For assistance with preparing the budget, consult your departmental budget administrator, your dean's office, or your school's office of funded research.


  • 3. Letter of Support

  • Please provide the name and contact information of the dean who will be submitting your letter of support.
  • Upon submitting this application, an email will be sent to your dean requesting a letter of support. It is strongly suggested that you follow up with your dean directly.


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