Grants for Book Publication Subventions

The NYU Center for the Humanities makes available a limited number of grants in support of the publication of books with a humanistic focus. For costs incurred in the publication of monographs, edited collections, or translations, the Center will provide assistance of up to $1,500, awarded on a competitive basis. Proof of a publishing contract and a budget for expenses are required. Funds must be used for costs directly related to the publication.

Please note that this program is on hiatus.


We invite applications from faculty in full-time positions on continuing contracts at NYU in the arts or humanities with book contracts in hand. Special consideration is given to faculty at the early stages of their career. Awards can be made up to $1,500 depending on need. Awarded faculty are eligible to submit a new application five years after their grant date. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please contact the Center directly.


Up to $1,500 per successful applicant can be applied toward costs incurred by the author in the process of publishing a monograph or edited volume, including assistance with obtaining permissions for images and other copyrighted materials, indexing, and costs associated with translation. Funds are not available for travel expenses, or proof-reading/copy-editing and book promotion/marketing, or otherwise to subsidize publisher’s costs.

Application Instructions

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. Project Information

Applicants will be asked to include the title of the project, the key dates of publication, and amount requested in addition to the documents listed below.

Description of Publication (Word Document or PDF)

Please include a clear statement, consisting of no more than 1000 words, describing the intellectual purpose and significance of the publication. References, bibliography, or footnotes do not count toward this word limit.

Budget (Word Document, Excel, or PDF)

Itemized publication costs on one page. Indicate other sources of funding for which you have applied and include confirming documentation. If other funds have already been committed or secured, please indicate sources and amounts.

Contract (Word Document or PDF)

Include a copy of a publication contract.

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 Grant-in-Aid Subcommittee and is evaluated in accordance with the applicant’s statement of its intellectual purpose and significance.

Questions regarding applications should be addressed to