global urban showcase

The NYU Office of Global Programs and the NYU Urban Initiative are pleased to announce the third annual NYU Global Urban Showcase for NYU undergraduate students.

Cities today are more important than ever. For the first time in history, a majority of the world’s population resides in cities. Cities shine a light on some of our greatest riches—arts and culture, innovation, diversity—and also on some of our greatest challenges—equity and social justice, environmental sustainability, and others.

The NYU Global Urban Showcase celebrates the best scholarly and creative work tied to cities and urban issues created by undergraduate students from across NYU. The Showcase highlights this work and draws attention to the myriad creative and positive ways that NYU students are thinking about urban issues and the cities of the future.

The Showcase will include up to three winners (individuals or teams) for best long paper or project, short paper or project, and creative work.


Who may participate: All matriculated NYU undergraduate students who are earning their degrees from any of NYU’s campuses in New York City, Abu Dhabi, or Shanghai.

Students may submit any work completed as part of their NYU studies, regardless of location while conducting the work (at a different campus, a study away site, or working remotely) as follows:

Types of work:

  • Long papers or projects, including capstones and theses (20 pages or more, double spaced, or for non-paper projects, significant work of an equivalent nature). These may include submissions that are created over more than one semester or through an extended effort.
  • Short papers or projects: Research papers and reports, web sites, blogs, etc. (less than 20 pages, or for non-paper projects, shorter work of an equivalent nature). These may include submissions that are created as part of one course or a more finite effort.
  • Creative work: Art, music, and other creative work, including fiction and creative writing. Submissions may be submitted by link to video or other electronic format.

Final work should be produced between June 1, 2022 and April 28, 2023. (Work that was finalized before June 1, 2022 may not be considered. Students may submit work that was begun earlier if it has been significantly revised since June 1, 2022.)

Work may include individual or team projects.

Work should be the students’ own; any involvement by a faculty member should be as an advisor or instructor only. Work co-authored or co-created with non-NYU students may not be considered.

Work should have a focus on cities and urban issues as a defining characteristic. The definition of “urban” is intentionally flexible, but in general, this means work that is

  • Focused on the city: its people, history, built and natural environments, and/or systems (government, services, institutions, economies, laws and policies, etc.); OR
  • Focused on art and/or cultures in relationship with the city; OR
  • Focused on issues that face urban populations understood in the context of the city (equity, social justice, environmental issues, education, health and well-being, etc.)

Work should not merely look at issues or groups that are located in cities, but should be consciously connected to and understood in the context of the specific city or cities in focus.


Applications for 2022-2023 are open and must be submitted by 5:00 pm on April 28, 2023.