Internal and External Funding Opportunities


Applying for fellowships is an important part of graduate education.  All students, including those admitted with full five-year fellowships, should plan to apply for both internal and external grants and fellowships in order to support their research agendas.  Our internal summer awards offer students the opportunity to articulate and clarify the aims of their research projects during the early stages of their doctoral careers.  They are also intended to help students prepare for external award applications by cultivating grant writing skills and funding preliminary research opportunities.  Funding from external awards can be used to supplement and extend funding from the Graduate Center.


Listed below are award competitions for research and dissertation write-up funding offered by the Graduate Center, the exact funding varies by year.  Individual doctoral programs occasionally have program-specific awards and sometimes new funds become available at the last minute.  Students should check their Graduate Center email addresses for time sensitive notices.
ERI Award for Archival Research in African American and African Diaspora Studies
The ARC Award for Archival Research in African American and African Diaspora Studies ($4,000) will support doctoral students for work in archives, repositories, and special collections (public and private) that focuses directly on the history, society, and culture of Africans and persons of African descent. The award is available for both Level III students to assist in the completion of a chapter or substantive portion of their dissertation and Level II students whose research agenda could be substantially improved by access to archival materials prior to the submission of their dissertation prospectus.

Deadline:  Application Deadline, Monday, January 29, 2018

ERI Knickerbocker Archival Research Grant in American Studies
The ARC Knickerbocker Archival Research Grant in American Studies provides a modest stipend for doctoral students at the Graduate Center to begin their archival dissertation research. Grant recipients receive a maximum of $4,000 to cover expenses incurred during their archival work. Recipients of the award are expected to submit a short write-up detailing their research activities as well as participate in a professional development workshop focused on grant writing the semester following the award. 
Deadline: Application Deadline, Monday, January 29, 2018
ARC Research Praxis Awards
The ARC Research Praxis Awards are available to students in the second year of their doctoral program who are pursuing a dissertation research topic in one of the research themes of any given year. Throughout the period of the award, students work with ARC Distinguished Fellows in the research praxis seminar to learn how they conduct their research and to share research insights which can help them in their dissertation. The goal of this program is to foster student intellectual creativity and early entry into their research process. The Awards are valued at $4,000 each for one semester.
Deadline: January 31
Contact: Advanced Research Collaborative,
CUNY Graduate Center/New-York Historical Society Graduate Archival Fellowship
New-York Historical Society Graduate Archival Fellowships are offered to level II or III Graduate center Ph.D. students from any program with primary research interests related to the collections at the N-YHS. These fellowships are jointly co-sponsored by the Graduate Center and the New-York Historical Society in order to provide qualified graduate students an opportunity to work on projects (related to the student’s own research agenda) that process, describe, and help create the historical record based on primary source materials. Award winners will collaborate with curators and archivists from the N-YHS in order to process uncatalogued collections, improve public access to documents and related materials, and to gain experience in creating and organizing collections. The fellowships are valued at $6,000.
Deadline: Spring semester
Contact: Provost's Office,
Doctoral Student Research Grant Program (DSRG)
The mission (DSRG) program is to foster a research-oriented academic culture among doctoral students at CUNY Graduate Center by: (a) providing incentives for students to model and meet, early in their careers, the requirements for succeeding in the competition for funds by clearly defining a problem, a project, and a realistic budget; (b) providing an occasion for faculty-student mentoring relationships that are oriented around the concrete problems of proposing, planning for, and executing research; and (c) furthering student professional progress by providing funds for pre-doctoral research publications, presentations, and professional networking.  Individual Awards of up to $1,500 are available. 
Deadline: November 1 - January 31
Contact: Office of Research and Sponsored Programs,
Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowship Competition
The GC Dissertation Fellowship competition is a yearly competition for level III students who plan to be at the writing stage during the following academic year.  Students can apply for a number of different dissertation fellowships (both general and specialized) using the same application. 
Deadline: Application deadline January 17, 2018.
Contact: Provost's Office,

Graduate Center Digital Fellows Program
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. Digital Fellows utilize a team-based approach as they explore creative solutions for projects that can be implemented in a collaborative fashion. In the process, the Program helps build out “The Digital GC”--a vision of the Graduate Center that incorporates technology into its core research and teaching missions. The award is for $27,000 and will include a graduate assistantship appointment that will carry eligibility to purchase low-cost NYSHIP health insurance.
Deadline: Spring semester
Contact: GC Digital Initiatives
Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants
The Graduate Center Digital Initiatives project of the Provost’s Office offers small awards to support cutting-edge digital projects designed, created, programmed, or administered by CUNY GC students. Students submit proposals to an annual competition for these awards, which range from $500 to $3,000.
Deadline: Spring semester
Contact: GC Digital Initiatives
Provost’s Pre-dissertation Research Fellowship
The Provost’s Pre-dissertation Research Fellowship program has two main objectives: (a) To allow students to conduct pre-dissertation research and training following completion of the first exam; (b) To support the development of a dissertation research proposal suitable for submission to an external funding agency. This program seeks to facilitate the transition from coursework to advanced individualized research. This fellowship is geared toward level II students and award $4,000 to conduct summer research. Recipients will undertake such activities including, but not limited to: initial field work, preliminary data collection, travel related to research, supplementary training in methods or techniques, or specialized language instruction. This program does not support conference attendance.
Deadline: Application Deadline, Friday, January 26, 2018
Schomburg Archival Dissertation Fellowship
The Schomburg Archival Dissertation Fellowship will be awarded to a student in any field of the humanities or social sciences who will significantly gain from an academic year in residency at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. While in residence fellows will participate in bi-weekly seminar meetings of the Schomburg Scholars-in-Residence Program and will receive access to office space and a computer. Of particular interest are interdisciplinary dissertations that treat some significant aspect of the African Diaspora, including the culture and history of African Americans, and that draw from specific collections of The Schomburg Center. Fellows will deliver a public lecture about their projects in the spring of the award year. The fellowship provides a stipend of $25,000 and covers in-state tuition.
Deadline: January
Contact: Provost's Office,

The Vera Institute and CUNY Graduate Center Fellowships
Vera Institute/CUNY Graduate Center fellowships will be offered to Graduate Center Ph.D. students from any program with primary research interests in criminal or immigration justice and the work of the Vera Institute. The primary responsibilities of the award winners will be to collaborate with researchers in one of Vera’s 5 centers or programs on research relating to a specific project, including but not limited to data collection, analysis, fieldwork, report writing, stakeholder engagement, and dissemination. $4000 Summer Fellows.

Application Deadline: early Spring Semester

Graduate Center/ERI Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Research in the Service of Public Knowledge
These $4,000 summer fellowships are offered to Graduate Center doctoral students from any program conducting research with a distinctive interdisciplinary turn whose main question is driven by public needs and priorities. 

Deadline: February 9, 2018
Contact: Provost's Office,



Knowing how to apply for and manage funding from an external organization is an important skill for graduate students, regardless of where your career might take you.  A successful grant application always begins with research into the type of funding opportunities available. 

Funding Search Tools and Databases
With these links, you can search databases, directories, curated lists, and additional resources to conduct research on grant sources. This list of tools will include resources provided by the Foundation Center, support for research and grant writing, and funding sources in the humanities, science, and art. Select resources purchased by the Graduate Center library require log-in with your GC network username and password.

Grants Research on the Commons
Coordinated by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, this is an experimental clearinghouse for information about grant funding for graduate students. You will find upcoming deadlines, workshops, helpful hints, blog posts, GC contacts and commentary by fellow students.