As a premier research institution, NYU is home to faculty who are engaged in groundbreaking research. Below are funding opportunities to support urban-related work. All are open to the NYU community, but may not necessarily be offered by NYU.

Summer Urban Public Humanities Fellowship

The NYU Cities Collaborative and the GSAS Public Humanities Initiative, with support from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, have launched the Summer Urban Public Humanities Fellowship for graduate students interested in exploring multi-disciplinary aspects of urban life and experience.

Eight Humanities masters and Ph.D. students at NYU will be selected. Fellows will conduct paid summer internships with a range of museums, cultural institutions, and other non-profits with an urban mission. Through these internships, students will have the opportunity to put their research and critical thinking skills to work on projects that involve humanistic inquiry, while also gaining invaluable work experience.

$5,000 Stipend

Sponsored by: NYU Cities Collaborative

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Stephen Charney Vladeck Junior Faculty Fellowship

Every two years, this fellowship assists junior NYU faculty in launching or completing substantial research in social justice, healthcare, labor law, labor history, and/or individual rights - major emphasis of the research should be on urban problems. While the Selection Committee is particularly interested in work focused on New York City, it is not a requirement for consideration. The Fellowship is offered in honor of Stephen Charney Vladeck, who devoted his life to issues of labor, healthcare, social justice, and individual rights.

Doctoral Fellowship in Urban Practice

Applicants must be advanced Ph.D. students in good standing (ABD) in any social science or humanities discipline at NYU who are in the early stages of writing the dissertation. Fellows will be expected to be in residence at NYU Washington Square for the duration of the program and be active participants in our vibrant interdisciplinary community. (Please note:MacCracken Fellows who have eligibility remaining may not defer their fellowship funding if this position is accepted.) We seek applicants who have shown commitment to community engagement and who will benefit from the opportunity to put their own scholarship in direct relationship with a community organization by participating in collective, practice-based research and pedagogy. Expressed interest in existing practice-based projects at the UDL, such as New Urban Politics and the Right to the City, Democratizing the Green City, or Urban Humanities and its Publics, is a plus. Note that it is not necessary that the applicant’s dissertation topic be directly related to these projects or to New York City.

Salaried (with support for fees & health insurance, etc.)

Sponsored by: Urban Democracy Lab/NYU Gallatin

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Marron Institute Seed Grants

The Marron Institute will award a grant of up to $50,000 over two years to Principal Investigators at NYU pursuing an innovative applied research project that addresses pressing problems faced by cities and urban residents. The purpose of the grant program is to stimulate proposals for creative solutions to socio-economic, political, or physical issues that accompany urban development. Marron Institute seed awards are intended to to seed new projects that have not yet been funded but that have the potential to attract future funding.

up to $50,000

Sponsored by: Marron Institute of Urban Management

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Seed Awards to Promote Interdisciplinary Research

All full-time, tenure-track faculty members at NYU are eligible to apply. Research Scientists who have PI status at NYU are also eligible to apply. At least one of the lead investigators must be from one of the core schools affiliated with IHDSC (Steinhardt, Wagner, Arts & Science).

Proposed research projects must be interdisciplinary in nature and fit within the research focus areas of the Institute, which include the following:

  • Poverty and inequality
  • Education and child development
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Social policy in local, national, and global contexts

Projects should focus on basic change processes in human development, and how these processes are affected by educational, social, economic, historical, political, and cultural contexts. Projects may also explore how human development processes might be altered by intentional change strategies, interventions, or policy.

Research projects that include one or more of the following components will be given priority:

  • Projects led by junior faculty / investigators
  • Projects led by investigators that are new to IHDSC and/or NYU
  • Projects led by new teams (i.e. teams of investigators that haven’t collaborated in the past)
  • Projects that include collaboration with an external partner focused on policy or practice

$5,000- $15,000
(awards will not exceed $20,000)

Sponsored by: Institute of Human Development and Social Change

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