Early Research Initiative

Discover opportunities for funded research in archives, museums, field sites, special collections, laboratories, and research centers.

Discover opportunities for funded research in archives, museums, field sites, special collections, laboratories, and research centers.

Applying for funding is an important part of graduate education. All doctoral 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.

The Early Research Initiative (ERI) — overseen by the Provost’s Office — offers Level II and III doctoral students the opportunity to articulate and clarify the aims of their research projects, cultivate their grant writing skills, and prepare for external award applications. The initiative encompasses all kinds of Graduate Center-sponsored research awards, from pre-dissertation to archival research, summer research, and partnerships with institutions such as the Morgan Library.

The Provost’s Office works closely with other Graduate Center offices, including the Office of Fellowships and Financial Aid, the Office of Career Planning & Professional Development and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, to guide students through the process of securing funding.

Internal Fellowships and Awards

External Sources of Funding

For more information please contact:

Rachel Sponzo

Associate Director of Student Research Fellowships, Provost's Office; Associate Director of Student Research Fellowships, Academic Affairs

Upcoming Application Deadlines

2023-24 GC Doctoral Student Research Grant (DSRG) Competition

Applications Due: January 31, 2023 -- Award Details and Application Information

2023-24 CUNY Schomburg Archival Dissertation Fellowship

Applications Due: February 3, 2023 -- Award Details and Application Information

Summer 2023 Early Research Initiative (ERI) Awards

ERI Archival Research Awards in American Studies and African American and African Diaspora Studies - Applications Due: January 31

Provost's Pre-Dissertation Research Awards for Humanities and Social Sciences - Applications Due: February 6

Provost's Pre-Dissertation Research Awards for Sciences - Applications Due: February 9

Connect New York Summer Fellowship - Applications Due: February 13

Public Research Summer Fellowship - Applications Due: February 14

Art Science Connect Research Award - Applications Due: February 15

Vera Institute for Justice Summer Fellowship - Applications Due: March 17