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Working Groups

In an effort to build community and foster interdisciplinary exchange on topics with a humanistic focus at New York University, the NYU Center for the Humanities sponsors Working Groups grants. The Center envisions these grants as bringing together NYU faculty and graduate students in a carefully planned series of meetings on a focused topic in the humanities where interdisciplinary approaches are likely to be particularly fruitful. The Center expects that the work achieved by the Working Groups will generate new curricular offerings, publications, conferences, or collaborative faculty projects.

Designed to enhance the quality of research at NYU, and to promote collaboration and exchange across disciplinary lines, the Center offers these grants for faculty to lead regularly scheduled meetings on topics of broad humanistic concern for a period of one or two years. Emphasis is placed on allowing NYU faculty and graduate students to explore a topic of mutual concern.


All full-time faculty in all schools of the University on continuing contracts are eligible to apply, and are encouraged to involve colleagues and graduate students in their own and other disciplines in the planning and implementation of the proposed Working Group. Co-directors of each working group must be appointed in at least two separate departments or schools in the humanities. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please contact the Center directly.

Program Requirements

There are two main requirements expected of faculty participating in this program.


The Center requests that each Working Group have co-directors drawn from at least two distinct disciplinary areas, departments, or schools at NYU, which may include the sciences and the professional schools, but at least one co-director must be from the humanities. Although the core participants of the Working Group are expected to be members of the NYU community, participants from other area institutions are also welcome. Working Groups are not intended to be lecture series. While meetings may be timed to take advantage of visits to NYU by distinguished scholars, reliance on invited outside speakers should be limited. The Center believes that active participation in a successful Working Group will have many educational benefits for graduate students. Consequently, graduate students, including those from the professional schools, should be actively involved in each Working Group and contribute at least a quarter of the Working Group’s presentations.


The co-directors of each Working Group are expected to send a brief written report to the NYU Center for the Humanities at the end of each of the two years of the grant period, including a summary of activities and outcomes, and an accounting of all expenditures.


For each group, funding is available for up to $5,000 per year, with a maximum of $10,000 over the two-year period. The proposal must include a preliminary budget.

Length of Project

The Center recognizes the benefit of sustained work over an extended period of time. While proposals for one-year Working Groups will be considered, those committed to two-year projects will be given priority.

Current Working Groups

Past Working Groups