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Research Institutes at the Sites: Faculty & Graduate Students

The Research Institutes were created to support NYU full-time faculty and graduate students who wish to have NYU infrastructural support while conducting research abroad. Faculty should be on leave or have extramural funding and graduate students (in all degree programs) should be on fellowship or have other external support.

Research institutes have been established at NYU's sites in Berlin, Florence, London, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, Tel-Aviv and Washington, DC. Most locations have capacity, on average, for five faculty and five graduate students.

Each Research Institute will draw together a disparate group of university faculty and graduate students, with priority given to those who have research-related need (archives, collections, colleagues, etc.) to be in a given location. In the case of Prague, applicants whose interest overlaps with PIDEC (see bottom of page) are especially encouraged to apply. It should be noted, however, that faculty and graduate students interested in spending time at one of these institutes whose work does not connect in any special way to these sites are also encouraged to register their interest; space allowing, effort will be made to accommodate them. Applicants may request to spend time at a GRI Institute at any time during a fall or spring semester for one month or longer.

Master’s candidates who cannot spend time away during the fall or spring semesters are encouraged to apply to the GRI Institute in Prague. Space has been reserved at this site during the months of June and July specifically for Master’s candidates.

Faculty and graduate student fellows at GRI Research Institutes are given office space, modest administrative support, one round-trip, economy class ticket between New York and the site (to be booked through the GRI program), and a $50 flat-rate per-diem subsidy intended to partially defray living costs.

All fellows are expected to be in regular residence at the institute, and to participate in its academic life. This program is not appropriate for those who will not be based in the cities to which they have applied.




To Apply to One of the Research Institutes

Applications for all institutes can be submitted on a rolling basis; fellowship notifications will be sent out three times a year (fall, early spring semester, late spring semester). All efforts will be made to accommodate interested NYU faculty members, but as space is limited, applicants are encouraged to register their interest as far in advance as possible.

If you are a full-time NYU faculty member, anticipate a leave upcoming in 2014-15, or 2015-16 and would like to spend all or part of it at one of the research institutes, click here to apply.

If you are a graduate student, anticipate having fellowship or external support in 2014-15, or 2015-16 and would like to spend all or part of it at one of the research institutes, click here to apply.


  • The length of residencies during the academic year will be dictated by local visa restrictions; in the case of London and Washington DC the normal maximum stay will be up to one semester; at Berlin, Florence, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, and Tel Aviv it will normally be no longer than ninety days. Visa restrictions vary from place to place and according to the status of each applicant.
  • GRI's Tel Aviv institute is located on the campus of Tel Aviv University.
  • GRI does not reimburse excess baggage fees, nor change of ticket fees.
  • GRI will not provide reimbursement for travel already purchased or a ticket for a different trip.
  • This program neither identifies nor provides housing for its participants.
  • This program neither identifies nor subsidizes local schooling options for dependent children of participants.
  • These fellowships are not appropriate for scholars planning extended periods of travel, nor for those who are not interested in participating in the life of the center.
  • Faculty and graduate student fellows may not seek employment, teach, or engage in other significant professional commitments while they are in residence.
  • Any person who is involved in an externally funded research program, or is designated a principal investigator in a federally funded program, must consult with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) before participating in the GRI research institutes abroad.
  • As at NYU in New York, research involving human subjects requires IRB approval or exemption. Applicants are responsible for looking into these requirements prior to applying for the fellowship.


A Note on PIDEC, Prague

The Prague Institute for Democracy, Economy and Culture was founded by Jiři Pehe, the Director of NYU in Prague, to further the study of Eastern European culture and politics. Faculty and graduate students whose work connects to the interests of PIDEC are encouraged to apply to spend time in Prague. PIDEC fellows should be working on research projects connected to: the transition from authoritarian to free market democracies; "mitteleuropa," as a politics, concept, and geography; or the processes of European integration.

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