The Center for the Humanities has limited funding to assist conferences with a humanistic theme held at NYU in New York City or at a global location with up to $5,000. The conference should address topics of relevance to scholars in more than one discipline and include concrete steps to engage the larger public. Faculty organizers must be appointed in at least two different NYU departments or schools.
Funds are limited and awarded twice in an academic year. Applications are due in October and March each year.
Fall Deadline: October 16, 2017
Applications will be available in September 2017. Notifications begin on or about December 5, 2017.
Spring Deadline: March 19, 2018
Applications will be available in November 2017. Notifications begin on or about May 7, 2018.
We invite applications from faculty in full-time positions at NYU. Awards may be made for up to $5,000 per conference depending on need. At least two faculty must apply jointly as co-organizers of the conference.
Recipients must submit a report, including a summary of expenditures, at the conclusion of the project.
Grants-in-Aid provide funding up to a maximum of $5,000 for conferences. Conferences must be free of charge and open to the public.
Funding is not available for a single visiting lecturer or for any activities or conferences that do not take place at NYU or an NYU global site. Grants-in-Aid cannot support faculty travel to conferences.
All application components must be submitted electronically via the online application.
1. Applicant Information
Applicants will be asked to include personal information, including full title, department, and school.
2. Conference Information
Applicants will be asked to include the title and dates of the conference, amount requested, and a list of joint sponsors in addition to the items listed below.
Conference Description (Word Document or PDF)
Please include a clear statement, consisting of no more than 1000 words, describing the intellectual purpose and significance of the conference. Indicate where the conference will be held, the intended audience for the conference, and the proposed schedule of conference sessions. If the conference involves invited guest speakers, please include curricula vitae (no more than two pages) or biographical sketches of the speakers.
The application will include space to respond to the following prompts:
Which NYU departments/schools, besides your own, do you expect to participate in the project?
Describe how the event will attract an interdisciplinary and/or inter-school audience.
Describe the extent of NYU faculty representation and participation.
Budget (Word Document, Excel, or PDF)
While the Committee recognizes that each project is unique and will consequently have its own specialized budget, it requests that all applicants include a detailed itemization of how funds will be spent. If appropriate, indicate other sources of funding for which you have applied and enclose confirming documentation. If other funds have already been committed or secured, please indicate sources and amounts.
3. Letter of Support
The applicant is required to gather a letter of support from their Department Chair and upload it into the application form. This brief signed letter should indicate support of this grant application. Application forms cannot be submitted without a letter present.
Selection Criteria & Review Process
Each proposal is reviewed by the NYU Center for the Humanities Grants-in-Aid Subcommittee and is evaluated in accordance with the applicant’s statement of its intellectual purpose and significance. Preference will be given to applications that reflect the participation of more than one department or school.
I am planning a conference, which deadline should I apply for?
We accept applications for either deadline for any future event, as long as the conference will occur beyond the notification dates (December notification for the Fall deadline, May notification for the Spring deadline).
Generally, we recommend applicants to aim for the deadline one semester ahead of the event date (e.g., applying by the Fall deadline for a Spring event).
However, you’re welcome to apply earlier. Regardless of when you apply, there should be a good amount of planning evident in your application.