Grants-in-Aid for Conferences

The Center for the Humanities has limited funding to assist with conferences and symposia at NYU. Intended to augment the funds of schools and departments, these small grants support conferences with a humanistic focus. Applications are due on 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.


Grants-in-Aid provide funding up to a maximum of $5,000 for conferences. 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.

Selection Criteria

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.


A report, including a summary of expenditures, is requested at the conclusion of the project.

Required application components

All application components must be submitted electronically via the online application.

  1. Applicant Information and Outline
  • Applicant’s name
  • Applicant’s full title (professor, associate professor, assistant professor, etc.)
  • Applicant’s department and school
  • Applicant’s office address, including phone number
  • Applicant’s e-mail address, Net ID, and NYU ID number (N #)
  • Title of proposed conference
  • Amount requested
  • Duration/key dates of conference
  1. Description of Conference (Upload .DOC 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.

  1. Budget (Upload .DOC, .XLS or .PDF)

Please itemize costs on one page. 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.

Sample Budget

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. Below is a sample proposed conference budget.

  1. Joint Sponsors

If appropriate, please list any institutions jointly sponsoring your project.

  1. Participation in Project

Please provide answers to the following questions:

  • What NYU departments/schools, besides your own, do you expect to participate in the project?
  • Will the audience be interdisciplinary and/or inter-school?
  • What will be the extent of NYU faculty representation/participation?
  1. Brief letter of support from Department Chair (Upload .DOC, .PDF)

NOTE: The applicant is required to gather this letter from their Department Chair and upload it into this application form. This brief signed letter should indicate support of this grant application. Application forms cannot be submitted without a letter present.

Application Deadline

Applications for the Grants-in-Aid for Conferences will be accepted twice in an academic year: October and March. Please note that funds are limited and exact due dates may vary each year.


Applicants who apply by the October deadline will be notified in December. Applicants who apply by the March deadline will be notified in May.

Further Information

Questions regarding applications should be addressed to