Bennett-Polonsky Humanities Labs Application

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

This form should be completed by a faculty member on behalf of the H-Lab faculty organizing group.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the Center for the Humanities have the pleasure to invite all interested NYU Humanities Faculty to submit proposals for a collaborative, interdisciplinary research and curricular initiative,  the Bennett-Polonsky Humanities Labs. Drawing on the lab model from the sciences and the studio model from the arts, Humanities Labs aim to create new opportunities for humanities-centered inquiry based on an ethos of experimentation, creativity and cross-disciplinary knowledge production. With the generous aid of the Bennett-Polonsky Foundation, we are able to offer $100,000 in support of two Humanities Lab (H-Lab) projects each year. The goal is to create shared spaces, both real and virtual, where faculty, students and humanities practitioners from different fields come together to tackle important questions or think about topics that have a particular urgency.

Proposals selected will receive up to $50,000 in funding that may be allotted as follows (variances from this model need to be pre-approved):

  1. Up to four course releases for four faculty fellowships (each fellow’s Department or unit will receive up to $7,500 to be used for replacement teaching as needed. Fringe costs are to be included in this allocation) for a total of $30,000;
  2. Up to ten graduate student stipends of $1,500 each for a total of $15,000 to provide summer or J-term funding for graduate student lab participants who wish to devote that time to research on topics related to the H-Labs (fringe to be included in this allocation); if graduate students lead the 2-point practicum, they are to be paid by contact hour in accordance with adjunct teaching appointments.
  3. Up to $5,000 for programming, events, web development, materials, and in support of a final showcase.

Learn more about eligibility, proposal guidelines, and funding on the Bennett-Polonsky Humanities Labs webpage.

Applications will be available November 2018.