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2021 Humanities Centers Initiative Public Humanities Grant


OVERVIEW: Humanities New York and its nine partner universities, comprising the Humanities Centers Initiative, invite grant proposals from advanced graduate students in support of public programming and projects.

Grant proposals for projects that are underway or already in development are highly encouraged. Projects may be collaborations between two or more students; however, the application should designate one as the project director. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously been awarded the Humanities New York Public Humanities Fellowship.

All projects must be public-facing in some way: intended for public audiences, engaging members of the public as collaborators, or partnering with community groups. Projects of any format or type will be considered; however, projects that engage with issues of social justice and equity are particularly welcome.

Grantees will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops and networking events held by the HCI partners, designed to introduce them to different skillsets and to experts of the public humanities, in order to enrich their practice.

TO APPLY: All proposals must be submitted through Humanities New York’s online portal: https://humanitiesny.fluxx.io. Applicants must create an account in advance of applying.

Applicants are asked to submit the following materials:

  • An abstract of the project (100 word limit)
  • A description of the project (500 word limit)
  • A brief biographical list of project partners and collaborators (250 word limit)
  • A short project plan with projected dates (250 word limit)
  • A project budget, using the template provided in the application
  • The CV of the project director and their collaborators, if applicable.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be enrolled as a graduate student at one of these nine universities at the time of application: CUNY Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, University at Buffalo, Stony Brook University, Binghamton University, the University of Rochester, or Syracuse University.

GRANT AWARD AND REQUIREMENTS: The grant award will be up to $4,000, paid in two installments: one of $3500, and a second of $500. The grant period begins on July 1, 2021, and grantees will have up to one year to expend grant funds. Grantees will be required to submit a final report after the completion of the grant.

Grant funds may be spent on travel expenses, consultant fees, wages for labor, participant honoraria, marketing, venue space, project materials, and media costs, among other things. If you have a question about what costs the grant will cover, please contact HNY.

DEADLINE: All proposals must be submitted by May 10, 2021. Applicants will be informed of decisions by June 7, 2021.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information on this program, contact Humanities New York Senior Program Office Adam Capitanio (212-233-1131/acapitanio”at”humanitiesny.org)