Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative & Undergraduate Summer Research Program

at the NYU Center for the Humanities

The LAMI and USRP Programs are not being offered for Summer 2019.
Please check this webpage for updates about Summer 2020. Thank you.

Taking advantage of NYU’s position as a world-class interdisciplinary research university, the NYU Center for the Humanities hosts the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI) and Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP) for a small cohort of students from various institutions and NYU. During this summer program, students conduct original research within the humanities under the supervision of NYU faculty mentors in their fields of study. The program prepares students to pursue PhDs in the humanities.

The Center is proud to collaborate with the Leadership Alliance, a higher education consortium comprised of over 30 institutions that are committed to improving the level of diversity in academia. NYU participates in LAMI as part of this collaboration. LAMI & USRP are primarily focused on developing research experience for undergraduates from historically underrepresented groups. Explore projects by program students from past summers.

Program Dates

June 2 – August 3, 2019

Program Components

  • Faculty Mentorship. Students are paired with a faculty mentor, with whom they are expected to meet regularly during the nine-week program to complete a scholarly research project. Students will work with their faculty mentors to decide on an appropriate project topic and format.
  • Research Experience. Students engage in individual, faculty-guided research for the summer. By the end of the program, each student will complete a research paper of approximately 15 pages, not including bibliographic references, and the opportunity to present their work at an academic symposium in July. Research subjects include Anthropology and Archaeology, Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies, Art History, Classics, English, Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus), Foreign Languages and Literatures, Geography and Population Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Performance Studies (theoretical focus), Philosophy and Political Theory, Religion and Theology, and Theater (non-performance focus).
  • Professional Development. Students attend weekly meetings during which they present their research, exchange ideas, and discuss their topics. There are weekly workshops to improve presentation, research, and writing skills and to familiarize students with the graduate school application process.
  • Financial Support. Students receive a summer stipend to support their research, in addition to travel costs to the program site and housing during the program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Rising college juniors and seniors from any college or university
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Previous research experience is strongly preferred
  • Academic excellence and strong writing skills
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States


Important Dates

  • November 2018 — Visiting (LAMI) Student applications open through the Leadership Alliance
  • TBA — NYU Student applications open on nyuhumanities.org
  • February 1, 2019 — LAMI Student applications due
  • TBA — NYU Student applications due
  • March 14, 2019 — Notifications begin
  • June 2 – August 3, 2019 — Program Dates