Category Archives: Fellowships/Grants


Due Aug 12 | Applications for Advising Fellow Opening for M.A. in Liberal Studies 2019-2020

Advising Fellow Program – Fall 2019

The Advising Fellow Program aims to provide vital academic support to students in the MA in Liberal Studies (MALS) program while they study at the Graduate Center. MALS is looking to appoint one additional advising fellow for the academic year 2019-2020; the provisional start date is October 1, 2019. The Advising Fellows will provide individualized academic support to the master’s students, guiding them in choosing courses, managing their work loads and meeting academic challenges, and enlisting faculty mentors to supervise their theses. The Fellows will be advanced doctoral students who have already successfully navigated their own Graduate Center course requirements and who will be able to share their wisdom and experience with the master’s students. Carefully chosen for their interpersonal skills and judgment, the Fellows will be accessible and open to students while also providing academic guidance. Continue reading Due Aug 12 | Applications for Advising Fellow Opening for M.A. in Liberal Studies 2019-2020

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 2019 New Directions Fellowships

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has invited the Graduate Center, along with a limited number of other institutions, to participate in the 2019 New Directions Fellowships competition.  Fellowship Guidelines are here and contain important information about the specifics of the proposal and other required materials.

The New Directions Fellowships provide support for exceptional faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, who received their doctorates between six and twelve years ago (2007 and 2013).  Both central line and consortial doctoral faculty are eligible.  The fellowships enable them to pursue systematic training outside their own special fields, and are intended to support the acquisition of new academic competencies needed for the pursuit of a cross-disciplinary research agenda.  Unlike other fellowship awards, this program does not aim to facilitate short-term outcomes, such as completion of a book.  Rather, New Directions Fellowships are meant to be viewed as longer-term investments in scholars’ intellectual range and productivity.

Applicants should submit the following documents to the Office of the Provost (by email attachments to Rachel Sponzo no later than Friday, September 6, 2019:

  1. project summary of no more than 300 words.
  2. proposal of no more than 2,000 words, providing an explanation of the overall significance of the research being undertaken and how the proposed new direction will assist in the development of the field.
  3. budget and budget narrative, following the Mellon guidelines. It is not necessary to use the Mellon budget template at this time.
  4. A letter of recommendation from your EO or department chair, which should address your preparation and the relationship of the “new direction” to the your research and pedagogy.  An additional letter of recommendation may be submitted from a colleague in the new field, if appropriate.
  5. A concise curriculum vitae, no more than five pages in length.

A small committee, convened by my office, will select one proposal to go forward to Mellon.  The institutional letter of endorsement will be provided at that time if your proposal is selected.  We will notify the author immediately so that so that s/he can undertake any further refinements of the proposal and finalize the materials and budget for submission through Mellon’s online portal.  The deadline for our submission to Mellon is September 27, 2019.

Applicants should familiarize themselves with the fellowship-specific application guidelines described online here[].

If you are considering submitting a proposal or have additional questions, please inform Helen Koh, Director of Institutional Giving and Strategic Initiatives ( as soon as possible.

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.

Fellowship Opportunity: Apply to be a Videography Fellow by 4/30/19

GC Digital Initiatives is now accepting applications new fellows to join its Videography Fellows program during the 2019-2020 academic year. Ph.D. students with digital video editing and camera skills are invited to apply. The Videography Fellows Program promotes the scholarly activities of GC programs, centers, and initiatives by creating short promotional videos and shorter clips in conjunction with programs’ ongoing activities. Other projects sometimes include filming events such as lectures, colloquia, and conferences, and making them publicly accessible. Recently, the GC Videography Fellows have been working with students to produce 1-minute videos about their dissertation and research projects. We’re looking for self-starters with some previous experience in camera work or video editing who are enthusiastic about the program’s mission to produce short video features about student and faculty research for audiences that include prospective students and faculty, colleagues and peers outside of the GC, as well as the public at-large. Continue reading Fellowship Opportunity: Apply to be a Videography Fellow by 4/30/19

Due May 10 | Call for IRADAC Fellows applications

IRADAC Fellows Program

Fall 2019/Spring 2020


The IRADAC Fellowship provides institutional and intellectual support for Ph.D. candidates at the writing stage. Organized around an interdisciplinary seminar, the IRADAC Dissertation Fellowship offers sustained support among scholars writing on any area of the African Diaspora.  During the academic year, fellows will have the opportunity to take advantage of mentoring, professional development, and editorial feedback on their writing while participating in a weekly seminar designed to keep the participants on a regular writing schedule.

Stipend & Conditions:

Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend.  All participants are expected to attend the weekly seminar in person.


The IRADAC Dissertation Fellowship is open to all students working on the African Diaspora broadly defined.  Applicants must be within the last year of completing their dissertation.

Application Procedure

Faculty reference letter (from the Program EO or dissertation advisor) describing the research and the student’s progress should be submitted at

Applicants must submit a one-page abstract of their dissertation project along with a timeline for completion.  Applicants should also submit an approved dissertation proposal including a detailed chapter outline.  A writing sample (e.g., chapter from the dissertation) and a CV are also required.  Applicants should submit their materials to the following link:


All materials are due 4pm, Friday, May 10, 2019.

For additional information please contact:

Zee Dempster, Assistant Director

IRADAC – Institute for Research on the African Diaspora

in the Americas and the Caribbean

The Graduate Center, Room 7114

Printable information here 2019_2020 Call for IRADAC Fellows

Due May 10 | Call for IRADAC-Schomburg Digitization Fellowship applications

Invitation for applications for the IRADAC/Schomburg Digitization Fellowships

Fall 2019/Spring 2020


Students will work closely with staff at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  Located in Harlem, the Schomburg Center is recognized as one of the world’s leading research institutions focusing on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experience.  Throughout the fall semester, fellows will work primarily on-site at the Schomburg assisting staff to identify materials within their extensive collections that might be digitized in order to make them more available to the general public.  In the spring semester fellows will be required to give informal presentations on their findings as part of the IRADAC Fellows Symposium.

Stipend & Conditions:

Each fellow will receive a $10,000 stipend.  IRADAC/Schomburg Digitization Fellows will coordinate with the IRADAC Fellows Program recipients in organizing and participating in the IRADAC Fellows Symposium which takes place in the spring semester.  Additional meetings with the IRADAC Fellows are expected.


Offered to level II or III Graduate Center Ph.D. students with primary research interests in any aspect of the African Diaspora.

Application Procedure

Faculty reference letter (from the Program EO or dissertation advisor) describing the research and the student’s progress should be submitted at

Applicants must submit a project description. A writing sample (e.g., chapter from the dissertation) and a CV are also required.  Applicants should submit their materials to the following link:


All materials are due 4pm, Friday, May 10th, 2019.

For additional information please contact:

Zee Dempster, Assistant Director
IRADAC – Institute for Research on the African Diaspora
in the Americas and the Caribbean
The Graduate Center
City University of New York
Room 7114
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10016

Printable information here 2019_2020 Call for IRADAC-Schomburg Digitization Fellowships

2020-21 IIE Fulbright Grants for Graduate Research Abroad – Campus Deadline, Thursday, September 5, 2019

2020-2021 IIE Fulbright Grants for Graduate Research Abroad

Campus Deadline:           Thursday, September 5, 2019, 5pm

The 2020-21 Institute for International Education (IIE) Fulbright Grant competition is now open.  Application materials and guidelines are available on-line at

The application must be completed online and the website provides full guidelines, instructions, and country-specific information.  Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship and proficiency in the host country language.

The Graduate Center deadline for students to submit IIE Fulbright applications (including transcripts and reference letters) is Thursday, September 5, 2019, 5:00pm.  This date enables the Graduate Center to transmit evaluated applications to IIE by the early October deadline.  No applications will be accepted after September 5th.  Students who have submitted a complete application by September 5th will be asked to attend an interview with a GC Campus Evaluation Committee in late September.

In preparing your application you are encouraged to work with your faculty adviser.  The Graduate Center’s Fulbright Program Adviser, Rachel Sponzo, can be reached by email,, or by phone, 212-817-7282.  Please note that all references and language evaluations must be submitted electronically, and transcripts and letters of affiliation must be scanned and uploaded.

Guidance and information webinars are organized by IIE thought-out the spring and summer.  The schedule and additional information can be found on the IIE website under Fulbright Events.

If you are thinking of applying, please contact Rachel Sponzo at or 212-817-7282 for additional information.

Fellowships, Office of Career Planning, 2019-2020

The CUNY Graduate Center’s Office of Career Planning and Professional Development (CP&PD) invites applications for CP&PD Fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year. CP&PD supports the Graduate Center’s students in reaching their career goals. Our office sponsors a wide range of career services, including:

  • Career advisers, who meet one-on-one to answer questions, discuss self-assessment and career planning, review application materials, assist with interview preparation, and more;
  • Writing services, including graduate student consultants who provide one-on-one peer feedback for writing questions and documents;
  • Events and workshops, where you can hear from and network with professionals and alumni across a multitude of fields and get hands-on tips and feedback regarding your career materials and questions; and
  • Digital resources, including past webinarsinformative blog posts and articlesalumni interview podcasts, and more.

Our office is continually striving to expand its student outreach by promoting in-office services and scheduled events. Each graduate fellow is responsible for planning and organizing an event from conception to follow-up surveys. Fellows are encouraged to work on projects that interest them and suit their skillsets.

CP&PD fellows report to the director of the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development and will be expected to work both independently and in collaboration with other fellows and staff career advisors. Former WAC and Quantitative Reasoning Fellows are encouraged to apply.

Activities done by our fellows:

  • Event planning, organizing, and promotion
  • Communications, social media, and marketing
  • Curating content for our website
  • Alumni and workplace research and networking
  • Data tracking through survey records and summaries

Continuing projects in the office:

  • Alumni Aloud podcast
  • Career advice blog posts
  • Graduate writing consultations

Fellows are expected to maintain a regular work schedule throughout the semester and attend a weekly office meeting. The fellowship is funded at $28,128 and will include eligibility for NYSHIP.

Applications will be submitted through GC Connect, the Office of Career Planning and Professional Developments new job and internship database (search under job postings for CP&PD Fellowship Job ID 3658). The applications are due on Monday, April 22, 2019. If you plan to apply but have not used GC Connect, detailed instructions can be found here:  Please submit your CV/resume and a thoughtful cover letter about why you are interested in working in the office.

Due April 10 | Applications for Archives & Performance Fellowship

A year-long interdisciplinary fellowship experimenting with research and performance approaches to understand stories and histories of the Penobscot River and watershed

APPLICATIONS DUE: April 10, 2019
FELLOWSHIP PERIOD: May 2019-May 2020

Please share widely!


What possibilities emerge when we look at social repair and environmental care as public, creative acts? The Archives & Performance Fellowship is a paid, year-long opportunity for four Fellows that follows the tradition of Wabanaki Guiding, connecting Native and non-Native people to place through experience, language, and story. Fellows will experiment with research and performance approaches to understand stories and histories of the Penobscot River and watershed. They will collaborate to create new work, inspired by their learning, that addresses ecological recovery and social justice. Fellowship activities will be led by Penobscot Nation partners and will center indigenous knowledge and experience.

The Fellowship year will include a regular check-in schedule, workshops and skill-shares, two intensives that immerse Fellows in research and performance methods, and a public performance and/or presentation of work created. This work may take many forms including but not limited to narrative play scripts, research papers, multi-media and video-based performance, spoken word, movement-based work, music and songwriting, cross-genre journals and/or any combination of forms and formats. Fellows will receive a $1500 stipend, dramaturgical/research support, connections with the broader In Kinship community, photo and video process documentation, and space to present their work. Continue reading Due April 10 | Applications for Archives & Performance Fellowship

Due Mar 22 | Fellowship Opportunity: Apply to be a GC Digital Fellow

Apply to become a GC Digital Fellow by March 22, 2019

Are you looking for a fellowship that will challenge you to enhance your existing technical skills? Do you enjoy working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team? Do you like working with students, faculty, and staff to help them learn new digital tools and methods? Have you been experimenting with the use of technology in your own research?

GC Digital Initiatives is searching for new doctoral students to join our dynamic group of GC Digital Fellows. Together, GC Digital Fellows lead week-long digital research institutes, teach workshops on technical skills, create resources for GC students and faculty, and build digital projects that make use of the affordances of emerging technology while considering the ethical, social, and political stakes.

Based in the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, the GC Digital Fellows Program operates as an in-house think-and-do tank for digital projects, connecting Fellows to digital initiatives throughout The Graduate Center. GC Digital Fellows utilize a team-based approach as they explore creative solutions for projects and implement them collaboratively. In the process, the GC Digital Fellows Program helps build out “The Digital GC” — a vision of the Graduate Center that incorporates technology into its core research and teaching missions. GC Digital fellows are particularly invested in the way in which questions of race, gender, and social justice intersect with technology.

Our work includes:

●      Exploring new ways for Graduate Center faculty, students, and staff to share their academic work through emergent technological tools and social media tools;

●      Contributing to and helping to implement a strategic vision for public digital scholarship at the GC;

●      Consulting with GC faculty members on digital scholarly projects;

●      Offering skill-building workshops to GC students, faculty, and staff;

●      Developing websites and web applications for special initiatives;

●      Fostering community around digital projects at the GC;

●      Experimenting with computational and networked forms of scholarly communication;

●      Supporting innovative courses that introduce emerging digital methods;

●      Encouraging the exploration of digital scholarship, methods, and tools through office hours, our Python Users Group Meetings, and digital research institutes.

Doctoral students at any level are eligible to apply, and we encourage applications from women and people of color. We hope to add strength to our program in graphic and web design, Python, machine learning, text analysis, R, and qualitative analysis; however, we encourage those with skills and interests in addition to these to apply, as well.

To get a better sense of our work, you can read the GC Digital Fellows’ blog, Tagging the Tower, and our semesterly blog post “What is GCDI?


Total compensation for the award is $28,128. Funding will include a graduate assistant appointment, which carries eligibility to purchase the low-cost NYSHIP health insurance, a stipend, and in-state tuition remission for fellows who are within their first 10 registered semesters of study. Digital Fellows will be required to work a total of 450 non-teaching hours during the academic year (two 15-week semesters).

The initial DF appointment is for one year (exact dates vary and will be specified upon appointment). Determinations of DF re-appointments will be made on annual basis up to three years, depending on individual eligibility and GC needs.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a statement of interest (no more than 1-2 pages), a CV, a list of digital projects undertaken and/or completed, and a letter of reference from a faculty advisor (can be sent separately) to with “Digital Fellows Application” in the subject line. Applications must be received by March 22, 2019 to be considered.


Please contact Lisa Rhody, Deputy Director, Digital Initiatives ( ) with any questions you might have.