The GRI Research Institutes were created to support NYU full-time faculty and graduate students, based in New York City, 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.

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

Faculty and graduate student fellowships are available at all sites during the fall and spring semesters, and a limited number of sites during the summer. Summer semester fellowships are available in Florence, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, and Tel Aviv during June and July

Each Research Institute will draw together a diverse group of university faculty and graduate students, with priority given to those who have a research-related need to be in a given location (archives, collections, colleagues, etc.), and/or are applying for the first time. Scholars may hold only one GRI fellowship per academic year. Fellowships must meet the minimum length requirements. Faculty fellowships begin at 3 weeks in length during fall and spring, and 2 weeks in the summer. Student fellowships must be at least 4 weeks long during fall and spring, and 3 weeks in the summer. 

Faculty and graduate student fellows at GRI Research Institutes are given office space, modest administrative support, one round-trip, economy ticket from New York to the site (to be booked through the GRI program), and a flat-rate per-diem subsidy intended to partially defray living costs. Per diem rates for the Research Institutes are as follows: Athens, Berlin, Florence, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, and Tel Aviv are set at $75 per day; Washington, D.C. is set at $70 per day. Regardless of the length of the fellowship, the per diem may not exceed 90 days.

Fellowship applications must be submitted by the set deadlines. 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.

Master's Candidates

Master’s candidates are welcome to apply to the program but must meet the outlined requirements in order to be eligible. As most GRI fellows are either doctoral candidates who have completed coursework or faculty members on sabbatical, the fellowship will not be a fit for all Master’s candidates. Students must be working on an independent project that meets the program criteria and also meet all of the departmental requirements for their degree. Eligibility is based on, but not restricted to, the guidelines below:

  • Students must be working on a thesis or independent study and have discussed how the fellowship will fit into their degree progress with an advisor and/or faculty member prior to applying. Students must have the full support of their advisor and department in order to participate. Advisors/departments will be contacted by our office in order to determine applicant eligibility.
  • Students must be fairly advanced with their degree progress at the time of applying and have a sense of the timeline for the work they propose to conduct on their project, including having identified resources they intend to access in the city to which they applied. As such, students should NOT apply during their first semester.
  • Students may not apply for, or accept a fellowship that will result in their absence from any classes. With this, and the previous stipulation in mind, most Master’s candidates should apply for a summer semester, between the first and second year of their degree progress.
  • Students may not postpone graduation or take a leave of absence in order to participate in the program. As suchstudents graduating in May are not eligible for a summer fellowship, and may not delay graduation in order to participate in the program.

If a student is accepted and later found not to meet one of the requirements listed above, their acceptance will be considered invalid and they may not participate in the program. If you are a Master’s candidate and are thinking of applying for a fellowship, consult with an advisor and/or a faculty member or department head prior to applying, as mentioned above. Faculty or advisors with questions about the program may consult the webpage and then follow-up with our department.

Faculty at Abu Dhabi & Shanghai

We are pleased to have recently opened the GRI fellowship program to full-time faculty at the Abu Dhabi and Shanghai campuses. While a per diem is not provided by GRI, we encourage faculty to confer with their campus, upon acceptance, to learn whether such funds are available. As with all applications, faculty should confirm with their campus whether they will be approved to participate and be away during the time requested.

IRB Requirements

Institutional approval by the appropriate Institutional Review Board is required for work that involves human subjects. If you are not sure about whether you require IRB approval, please read the IRB Policy for further details. You can also email with specific questions you have regarding this process.

Important Notes:

  • The length of residencies during the academic semester must meet the minimum requirement, and the duration will be dictated by local visa restrictions. In the case of London and Washington, D.C. the maximum stay is one semester; at Athens, Berlin, Florence, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, and Tel Aviv, it can normally be no longer than 89 days. Visa regulations vary from country to country and according to the status of each applicant. Fellows are responsible for knowing these and working with an outbound advisor at OGS to plan travel within legal limits.
  • Faculty and graduate student fellows may not seek employment, teach, or engage in other significant professional commitments while they are in residence.
  • All fellows are expected to be present at the institute on a regular basis (at least 3 times per week), and are required to attend any GRI meetings during the semester. This program is not appropriate for those who have office space elsewhere or do not need office space. It is also not appropriate for anyone planning extensive travel or those who will not be based in the city. 
  • This program does not provide housing for its participants.
  • GRI will not provide reimbursement for travel already purchased or a ticket for a different trip.
  • This program neither identifies nor subsidizes local schooling options for dependent children of participants.
  • 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.
  • If you have a disability and have questions about a location or institute prior to applying, please contact the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at (212)998-4980 or We strongly encourage you to contact CSD as far in advance as possible to assist you in making an informed decision.

To Apply to One of the Research Institutes:

Applications for all institutes must be submitted by the set deadlines. 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. Before applying please read through the applicable FAQs, found on the right-hand column of this page (or the bottom of the page on mobile).

If you are a faculty member anticipating an upcoming leave or a graduate student anticipating a fellowship or external support, and would like to spend all or part of it at one of the institutes, please apply to the appropriate program below.   

Our application acceptance period for Spring 2020 is now closed.

We are accepting applications for Summer 2020, for the following sites: Florence, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, and Tel Aviv. Please note NYU Madrid is no longer available for the summer.

The deadline for Summer 2020 applications is Thursday, January 16, 2020.

We are also accepting applications for Fall 2020, for ALL SITES. The deadline is Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Please review FAQs link on the right side (on the bottom on mobile) prior to applying.