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Undergraduate Fellowship Program


What is the Undergraduate Humanities Fellowship Program?
The undergraduate Humanities Fellowship Program is a mentoring program for NYU Juniors and Seniors working in the humanities. Humanities Fellows are selected from across the university and meet bi-weekly during the fall and spring semesters to explore academic topics and other interests. These meetings may take the form of discussion in topical issues, organized field trips, or visits by working professionals in the humanities, such as curators, activists and artists. The program for the year is largely determined by the Fellows themselves. The program is led by University Professor Ulrich Baer, Faculty Director of the Center for the Humanities. Meetings take place on Fridays, from 2:30-4:30 pm.

Who is eligible to apply?
NYU Juniors and Seniors from all disciplines and from across the university are invited to apply to the program for a 2024-25 fellowship. Applicants need not be majoring in a humanities discipline, but should indicate how they engage with the humanities in their program of study. Applicants need to be in residence in NYC for the duration of the fellowship.

What funding is provided?
Each Undergraduate Humanities Fellow receives a scholarship of $600 ($300 each semester). Fellows may also apply for funds (up to $500) to cover expenses supporting their research or other academic work, especially work related to team-based, interdisciplinary, public-facing, or community-engaged projects.

What is the application process?
Applicants are asked to complete an application form and upload the following:

  • An unofficial transcript, which should indicate your school/major/concentration.
  • A brief personal statement responding to the following questions (max 250 words for each):
  1. Why do you want to be a Humanities Fellow? You may want to include a summary of your past academic or other activities related the humanities, your current interests, or how your personal background, experience or identity can contribute to the cohort.
  2. Exposure to a wide range of perspectives is essential to the program’s goal of fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing. What might your perspective bring to the program?
  3. Please articulate a research question that you are interested in exploring with the cohort. This is not necessarily a project you will pursue as a Fellow.
  • A brief statement of support from an instructor, advisor, or other NYU professional with whom you have worked.

All applicants will be contacted by early May.

If you have any questions about the program, your eligibility, or the application process, please contact the Center using the “contact” form on this site.