Faculty Frequently Asked Questions
For how long can I request to be at one of the sites?
Fellowship length is based on space availability. The minimum stay for faculty is three weeks and the maximum is 90 days. A fellowship may last for the entire semester, if immigration regulations and office space permit.
I would like to conduct research at a GRI site but I am not on sabbatical and only plan to be away for a few weeks, am I eligible?
Yes. We make an effort to accommodate faculty who wish to use the GRI institutes for a shorter stay. In general, GRI faculty research trips start at three weeks and can extend through the entire semester. Faculty must have departmental permission in order to participate.
I am on sabbatical and would like a GRI fellowship for the entire academic year. Is this possible?
No. Scholars are eligible for one fellowship during an academic year.
Will your office help me find housing or identify schooling for children I wish to bring with me?
No. We do not have the resources to provide housing or identify schools. Some sites have provided us with a list of housing suggestions, which we circulate when it is time to book travel.
I planning to work or teach classes while I am away, am I eligible for the program?
No. This program was designed in large part to address the needs of faculty on sabbatical. GRI fellows are restricted from working during their stay. This is due not only to local labor and visa laws but for tax reasons as well.
I will be teaching at an NYU site and wish to use GRI office space. Is this possible?
No. NYU faculty on-site to teach should seek support from the site itself.
What are the work spaces like for GRI fellows?
In most cases, faculty are assigned their own offices, which vary from site to site. All offices will include a desk, a desktop computer connected to a printer, office supplies, and modest administrative support. Whenever possible, faculty fellows are assigned their own office for the duration of their fellowship, but this is not always possible at all GRI sites, Shanghai in particular. During summer months it is more likely that faculty will share offices as this semester is very popular with those that cannot take a leave of absence at a different time. When necessary, shared offices are assigned in the interest of extending the program benefits to the largest number of applicants. In these cases, faculty will be assigned spacious offices to share, with their own desks and lockable storage.
I am an adjunct faculty member. Am I eligible for this program?
No. The program is open to full-time faculty only.
My project involves research on human subjects; do I need IRB approval?
Yes. As in New York, IRB approval or exemption is absolutely necessary for anyone conducting research that involves human subjects. This includes, but is not limited to, interviews and surveys. Applicants must confirm exemption or provide proof of approval in order to participate in the program.
My contract with NYU may expire prior to a semester at a GRI Institute. May I still participate?
No. Faculty fellows must be active employees of New York University.
Are there any resources available to me to help me find out what the immigration requirements are in the country I will be going to?
Yes. Fellows may contact an outbound advisor at NYU's Office of Global Services (OGS). Faculty may also consult GlobalChek Plus, a self-service visa and immigration program specifically calibrated for use by the NYU community. Members of the NYU community can use this tool to find personalized information about their visa and immigration needs. Fellows planning longer trips should use this tool and consult with an OGS advisor prior to purchasing tickets. Follow this link to FAQs about GlobalCheck Plus, including login instructions. Faculty contacting OGS with questions should identify themselves as GRI fellows and include the site and desired length of stay in the message.
I require specialized software for my research that is not part of the standard MS Office software package. Can I have this installed on my GRI workspace computer?
No. Software must not be added to or removed from GRI computers. We recommend fellows bring their own laptops prepared with any software necessary for research.
I need a specialized workspace for my research such as a lab, studio or music room. Can one be provided?
No. GRI provides office work spaces only. We do not have access to specialized facilities.