Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I apply?
How long is the program?
The program takes place over nine weeks from June through August.
How many students are in the program?
Program size varies year-to-year but the cohort is small in size (under 15 students). Meet our previous student scholars here.
What can I research?
This program specifically supports students interested 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.
How is this program different from other research programs?
Our program allows students to conduct their own research in the humanities. The NYU Center for the Humanities introduces students to the joys of conducting humanistic research with major scholars in their disciplines. NYU is known for its commitment to interdisciplinary research, and we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration and cross-topic exploration. NYU is located in one of the most vibrant areas of New York City, and you will be living and conducting your research right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Village.
Who will be my mentor? Can I request a specific mentor?
Every student will be paired with a faculty mentor in their field of interest. You will learn more about your mentor when you’re accepted to the program.
What costs does the program cover?
Transportation to and from the program site, as well as housing are covered by the program. You will also receive a stipend which is intended for food and living costs, though many of weekly program events provide meals. We are located in an area with a range of good, inexpensive food from all cultures, and there are several major grocery stores nearby.
Where will I be living?
You will be living in one of NYU’s residence halls near campus. NYU’s campus is centered around Washington Square Park and near Union Square, which hosts many shops, grocery stores, theaters, and major subway lines.
What facilities will I have access to?
You will have access to many of the facilities at NYU, including access to the University gyms, Bobst Library, and computer labs.
Will I have a place to work?
You will have a shared workspace at the NYU Center for the Humanities, at 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor. Additionally, there are study areas in Bobst Library.
Can I work on another project or have a job while I am in the program?
We expect you to dedicate your time with us to your humanities project and the program. Outside employment is not allowed.
What types of activities will I be doing?
The hallmarks of the program are the completion of your research project, connecting with your faculty mentor and other students, and preparing for your end-of-summer presentation. You will also be required to attend weekly luncheons, research workshops, career development workshops, and a GRE prep course. Outside of your projects, we host some group outings in the City.
How closely will you work with other student research groups in the area?
Each program runs independently, though we do try and schedule a few events with Columbia University’s program. Additionally, we try to arrange for you to meet other summer research students from nearby institutions.