Internal and External Funding Opportunities

INTRODUCTION

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.

INTERNAL FUNDING

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.

New Opportunity -
Job announcement:
Research Assistantship with the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG)
The Institute is hiring a team of Research Assistants to provide support for a research project on police practices in New York City, which ISLG is conducting for the federal judge and court-appointed Monitor overseeing the remedial process of stop-and-frisk class action litigation. The project involves conducting systematic social observations (SSOs) of New York Police Department (NYPD) encounters with citizens; coding body-worn camera (BWC) footage of a subset of NYPD shifts and encounters; and analyzing these and other sources of data. It will be carried out in close collaboration with the NYPD, a larger evaluation team, and other City stakeholders. Research Assistants are expected to work from approximately late March 2020 through the summer of 2020.  The majority of the work will be completed over the summer months. There will be an opportunity to continue working on the project in the fall of 2020.

Deadline: February 5, 2020
Contact: Provost's Office, rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu

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: January 15, 2020
Contact: Provost's Office, rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu

ERI/PublicsLab Summer Public Research Fellowships
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: January 27, 2020
Contact: Provost's Office, rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu

Connect New York Fellowships
These $4,000 fellowships will be offered to Graduate Center Ph.D. students from any program conducting research on New York City and its environs (including, but not limited to: the city’s natural and artificial environments, its architectural landscapes, its infrastructure, city planning, city politics, its prominence as a global and economic hub, the city’s political, cultural, and social histories, its foodways, its flows of population, its communities, its ethnoscapes, soundscapes,  mediascapes, and ideoscapes, and its evolving urban ecosystems).

Deadline: January 30, 2020
Contact: Provost's Office, rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu

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: January 31, 2020
Contact: Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, dsrg@gc.cuny.edu

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: February 3, 2020
Contact: Provost's Office, rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu

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 4 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: February 3, 2020

ERI Award for Archival Research in African American and African Diaspora Studies
The 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:  February 4, 2020
Contact: Provost's Office, rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu

ERI Knickerbocker Archival Research Grant in American Studies
The 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: February 4, 2020
Contact: Provost's Office, rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu

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: February 5, 2020
Contact: Provost's Office, rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu

Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Science Research Fellowships
The Provost’s Pre-dissertation Research Fellowship program has three main objectives: To allow students to conduct early stage research and training following completion of the first doctoral exam. To support the development of a dissertation research proposal suitable for submission to an external funding agency. To support travel to a national/international scientific meeting. This program seeks to facilitate the transition from coursework to advanced individualized research. This fellowship is geared toward level II students and award $5,000 to conduct summer research.
 
Deadline: February 7, 2020
Contact: Provost's Office, rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu

CUNY—NYBG | Humanities Institute Graduate Research Fellowships 
These CUNY sponsored $4,000 fellowships will be offered to CUNY Graduate Center Ph.D. students from any program with primary research interests related to the environmental humanities that can be studied using the collections of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at NYBG.  The primary responsibilities of the fellowship recipient will be to conduct their own research and collaborate with curators and archivists to expand public awareness of the important historical materials that reflect worldwide knowledge of plant science and culture, the vision of nature, landscape and garden design.

Deadline: February 10, 2020
Contact: Provost's Office, rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu

Art and Science Connect Fellowships
These $5,000 fellowships are offered for Graduate Center Ph.D. students from any program conducting research whose main question is driven by an exploration of topics that intersect or overlap art and science.

Deadline: February 18, 2020
Contact: Provost's Office, rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu

Morgan Library & Museum Graduate Archival Fellowships
These $4,000 fellowships will be offered to Graduate Center Ph.D. students from any program with primary research interests related to the collections at the Morgan Library & Museum. The primary responsibilities of the award winners will be to collaborate with curators and librarians from the Morgan in order to process uncatalogued collections, improve public access to documents and related materials, and to gain experience in creating and organizing collections.

Deadline: February 18, 2020
Contact: Provost's Office, rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu

John H.E. Fried Memorial Fellowships in International Human Rights
The Fried fellowship honors the memory of international human rights expert John H. E. Fried by awarding a grant to an advanced Ph.D. student in political science to conduct research on international human rights. The $5,000.00 award is given to foster original research and analysis that results in a conference paper, published article, dissertation proposal or dissertation chapter dealing with the causes of or possible solutions to human rights violations as well as strategies for promoting international human rights. The applicant should approach these issue from the perspective of comparative or international politics, organizations, or law. Applicants should submit a short proposal (not more than 1,000 words), a current curriculum vitae, and a transcript no later than 1 March 2020. In addition, brief confidential letters of recommendation from two faculty members who are familiar with the proposal should be sent separately before the deadline. Applications and references can be submitted by mail to: Fried Memorial Fellowship, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The CUNY Graduate Center, Suite 5203, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Applications can also be sent by email to Eli Karetny at ekaretny@gc.cuny.edu.

Deadline: March 1, 2020
Contact: Eli Karetny 212-817-1938, ekaretny@gc.cuny.edu

The George D. Schwab Fellowship in American Foreign Policy
The Schwab fellowship was established by an anonymous donor to honor George Schwab, the former president of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. An annual award of $2,000 is available for costs related to dissertation research relevant to a topic that leads to an improved understanding of U.S. foreign policy. Applicants should submit a short proposal (not more than 1,000 words), a current curriculum vitae, and a transcript no later than 1 March 2020. In addition, one confidential letter of recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with the proposal should be sent separately before the deadline. Applications and references can be submitted by mail to: Schwab Fellowship, The Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5203, New York, NY 10016. Applications can also be sent by email to Eli Karetny at ekaretny@gc.cuny.edu.

Deadline: March 1, 2020
Contact: Eli Karetny 212-817-1938, ekaretny@gc.cuny.edu

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:
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:
Contact: GC Digital Initiatives
 

 

 

EXTERNAL FUNDING

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.

 

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