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Grants for Book Publication Subventions

Program Deadline: March 1, 2021 11:59pm

Please note that the deadline for 2020-21 grants has now passed. The following is provided for information only.

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 $1,000, 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.


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 $1,000. 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 $1,000 per successful applicant can be applied toward costs incurred directly 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. Please note that we also cannot provide funds to subsidize publisher’s costs.

Application Instructions

All application components must be submitted electronically via the online application by March 1, 2021.

Applicants will be asked to indicate the title of the project, the expected date of publication, and amount requested in addition to the documents listed below:

Description of Publication (Word Document or PDF)

Please include a one-page statement describing the intellectual purpose and significance of the publication, and providing a brief budget indicating how awarded funds would be used.

Publisher’s Contract (Word Document or PDF)

Please provide a copy of your publication contract.

Selection Criteria and Review Process

Each proposal is reviewed by a committee of NYU faculty and is evaluated in accordance with the applicant’s statement of its intellectual purpose and significance. Special consideration is given to faculty at the early stages of their career. We expect to notify all applicants by mid-April.