Deadline April 29 | Call for Applications: CUNY Adjunct Incubator Research & Development Grants

The Center for the Humanities & Gittell Urban Studies Collective’s CUNY Adjunct Incubator is a framework for supporting and highlighting the significant work of adjuncts teaching in the humanities and humanities-related social sciences across CUNY. The goal of the CUNY Adjunct Incubator is to expand academic and cultural networks and provide valuable opportunities for professional and intellectual development. Providing professional, social, logistical, and financial support for the production and circulation of knowledge by CUNY adjuncts, this platform will promote the crucial work of adjuncts. Click here for more information about the CUNY Adjunct Incubator and for examples of our grant-funded projects and research.


Adjunct Research & Development Grants will award $4,000 to 10 CUNY adjuncts developing independent scholarship and/or public projects in the humanities or humanities-related social sciences. In addition to covering costs associated with scholarly research, this grant can support travel-related to professional and/or curriculum development, and research and development of a public-facing project such as: archival research, oral histories, digital/interpretative platforms, online or print publications, performances, and panels, conferences, and exhibitions, etc. The scholarship work and/or public projects are to be completed during the summer and early Fall of 2019.

Who is Eligible: Current adjuncts at any CUNY College.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 29th, 2019.

Selection Process: Recipients will be decided by an interdisciplinary committee. Public projects will be prioritized by the selection committee.

Application Process: Please send a one-page letter of interest describing your research or public project, academic and/or professional background, and methodological tool-kit. Please be sure to let us know your discipline(s), your current departmental affiliation as an adjunct at a CUNY senior or community college, and one contact who we can reach out to should your proposal be selected. If your project is public in nature, please describe past relevant experience and communities engaged. In addition to the letter of interest, please email a CV and a brief, budgetary outline to by Monday, April 29th, 2019.

Expectations: You will be in charge of managing your research or project, from conception to completion. The Center for the Humanities will provide logistical, and media support if you are producing a public-facing project. We request a one-page, narrative report on research progress and impact by December 1, 2019. We will also ask you to fill out a short survey on your experience so that we can serve this community better in the Adjunct Incubator’s next iteration. Finally, you will be invited to think about sharing your work with wider publics, as part of the Center’s mission to support public facing, interdisciplinary scholarship. And we welcome proposals for public panels in fall 2019 stemming from your project and/or writing for our blog.

CUNY Adjunct Incubator Advisory Committee: Prithi Kanakamedala, Celina Su, Kendra Sullivan, and Mary N. Taylor.

The CUNY Adjunct Incubator is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Gittell Urban Studies Collective at the Graduate Center, CUNY. The Center for the Humanities thanks the Sylvia Klatzkin Steinig Fund for their generous support.