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 Award Application Deadlines

2022-23 GC Dissertation Fellowship Competition

Applications Due: January 14, 2022
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CUNY/Schomburg Archival Dissertation Fellowship

Applications Due: February 4, 2022
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Crossing Latinidades 2022 Summer Institute in Latino Humanities for Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Students

Applications Due: January 31, 2022
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Census Bureau Dissertation Fellowship Program

(for doctoral students doing work in statistics, survey measurement, and data science)
Applications Due: January 21, 2022 (Applicants should submit materials to the Provost’s Office, attn: Rachel Sponzo rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu)
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ERI Archival Grants in American Studies and African American and African Diaspora Studies

Applications Due: January 31, 2022
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Vera Institute of Justice Summer Fellowship

Applications Due: February 1, 2022
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New York Botanical Gardens Humanities Institute - Food Humanities Fellowship

Applications Due: February 1, 2022
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Provost's Pre-Dissertation Summer Research Awards

(Social Sciences and Humanities)
Applications Due: February 7, 2022
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Provost's Pre-Dissertation Summer Science Research Awards

Applications Due: February 9, 2022
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Connect New York Fellowships

Applications Due: February 14, 2022
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Summer Public Research Fellowships

Applications Due: February 15, 2022
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Koonja Mitchell Memorial Prize

Applications Due: February 15, 2022
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Sue Rosenberg Zalk Endowed Fund Award

Applications Due: February 15, 2022
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Art Science Connect Research Awards

Applications Due: February 16, 2022
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Morgan Library and Museum Fellowships

Deadline: March 22, 2022
Award Details and Application Information TBD