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GC Student funding available for digital projects

Graduate Center students,

As this semester winds down and you plan for the next, please note that the New Media Lab is now accepting applications from all Graduate Center students for spring 2018. Students working on research-related digital projects in the lab are eligible for stipends (amount based on time spent in the lab) in addition to awards supporting travel (up to $300); teaching, history, public health, and social justice ($500); and digital dissertation components ($1000). The lab provides reserved work stations, each with a new Mac or PC, adjustable sitting-standing desk, and non-florescent lighting.

To apply to work at the lab, submit a brief project description, work plan, and your CV at https://newmedialab.cuny.edu/get-involved/student-application/.

Award and stipend details are at https://newmedialab.cuny.edu/stipends-awards/. Current and previous project descriptions can be viewed here: https://newmedialab.cuny.edu/projects/.

Lab projects range widely and include both digital presentations of research—using websites, videos, maps, and more—and analysis with a variety of digital and digitally assisted tools. Joe Kirchhof, student project/technical advisor in the lab, is available to answer questions at jkirchhof@gc.cuny.edu.

We look forward to hearing from you,


Andrea Ades Vásquez
New Media Lab Managing Director / Multimedia Producer

Associate Director, American Social History Project / Center for Media and Learning
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 7301.12
New York, NY 10016

Deadline Feb 15 | Applications for CUNY/Schomburg Archival Dissertation Fellowship


Printable pdf of this posting here: 2018-19 CUNY Schomburg Dissertation Fellowship Guidelines and Instructions 12.7.17

Deadline for Applications: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 5pm

The Schomburg Archival Dissertation Fellowship will be awarded to a student in any field of the humanities or social sciences who will significantly gain from an academic year in residency at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  While in residence fellows will participate in bi-weekly seminar meetings of the Schomburg Scholars-in-Residence Program and will receive access to office space and a computer.  Of particular interest are interdisciplinary dissertations that treat some significant aspect of the African Diaspora, including the culture and history of African Americans, and that draw from the specific collections of The Schomburg Center.  Fellows will deliver a public lecture about their projects in the spring of the award year.  The Schomburg award provides a financial aid fellowship of $25,000 and covers in-state tuition. (more…)

Deadline Jan 12 | Applications for Mellon Fellowships at the Humanities Institute, New York Botanical Garden




The Humanities Institute, a research division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at The New York Botanical Garden, is pleased to offer a full-time, residential Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for 2018 for current Ph.D. students or recent post-doctoral researchers. Candidates are invited to submit a proposal for independent research in the environmental humanities.

Fellows will conduct research that involves innovative interdisciplinary approaches to areas such as landscape and garden design; urban planning and social history; cultural anthropology; the history and philosophy of botany; botanical exploration; and arts and illustration, with a primary focus on areas of inquiry that connect nature to the human experience. Specific collections at NYBG should also be taken into consideration as part of the research topic. Recipients will be given full access to the unique, historical collections of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the Archives, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, and the Living Collections, including the 250-acre historic landscape. Recipients are also encouraged to take advantage of the cultural and educational resources of New York City.

Eligibility: Current Ph.D. candidates and recent post-doctoral researchers (no more than four years since graduation) who would like to further their studies in a large, international plant-based research center. Students from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

Tenure of Fellowship: Nine months (tenure can be activated as early as April 1, 2018, and no later than September 6, 2018). Deferral of a student’s Mellon Fellowship is not permitted. Fellowships at NYBG’s Humanities Institute are full-time residential awards that place great emphasis on the exchange of ideas among fellows and the spirit of community within the larger institution. Fellows are expected to devote themselves fully to their studies, and give a presentation about their own research. They are also requested to participate in the Humanities Institute’s activities, including symposia, colloquia, and workshops, as well as important lectures and exhibits held Garden-wide.

Fellowship award: $42,000 (forty-two thousand U.S. dollars), plus health benefits. Fellows are also eligible for a Travel stipend during their tenure to conduct research directly related to their project (travel maximum three weeks, arranged in consultation with the administrative manager).

How to apply:
The application must be submitted as a single document—Microsoft Word or PDF file—to: HIfellows@nybg.org. Letters of recommendation, in PDF file format, must be submitted directly from the recommender to the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, at vsellers@nybg.org. All applications will receive an e-mail acknowledgement of receipt. If you have further questions, please contact the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, at vsellers@nybg.org.

Applications should include:

  • Complete curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications.
  • Project proposal, including a 2–3 page (max. 750 words) statement that provides an overview of the project you plan to include with an explanation of your research’s significance in the field and the manner in which it will contribute to new scholarship in the environmental humanities.
  • Copy of your Graduate Transcripts.
  • Tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship.
  • Three letters of recommendation to be sent electronically by the recommenders.
  • The Deadline for all application material, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is January 12, 2018.
  • Applications, to be written in English, must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. (EST), January 12, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. Three letters of recommendation are required for all applicants. Awards will be announced by March 1, 2018.

Upon acceptance of the fellowship, applicants will discuss their academic year plan (a period of nine months)—including their schedule for residence in New York/New York Botanical Garden, and their specific contribution to the Humanities Institute and related institutional projects—with the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator.

Housing for Fellows: Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements, but suggestions will be provided.

Health Insurance for Fellows: A comprehensive Health Benefit package is offered in addition to the fellowship payment (details of coverage to be finalized in consultation with Human Resource Dept.).

Learn more about the Humanities Institute at nybg.com/humanities[nybg.convio.net]

Due Jan 29 | Applications for the Vera Institute and CUNY Graduate Center Summer Fellowships

The Vera Institute and CUNY Graduate Center invites applications for four Summer Fellows who will be based in Vera’s New York City offices. These $4000 fellowships will be offered to Graduate Center Ph.D. students from any program with primary research interests in criminal or immigration justice and the work of the Vera Institute. The primary responsibilities of the award winners will be to collaborate with researchers in one of Vera’s 5 centers or programs on research relating to a specific project, including but not limited to data collection, analysis, fieldwork, report writing, stakeholder engagement, and dissemination. (more…)

Due Feb 9 | Graduate Center Early Research Initiative Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Research in the Service of Public Knowledge

The Carnegie Foundation initiative on doctoral education uses the label “steward” to convey a role for scholars that transcends accomplishments and skills: it has an ethical and political dimension. “Self-identifying as a steward,” Chris Golde of Stanford says, “implies adopting a sense of purpose that is larger than oneself” or one’s own discipline.  Students and faculty at the Graduate Center have a rich history of conducting interdisciplinary work that seeks to enrich public knowledge and public discourse.

In the spirit of this history, the Early Research Initiative invites applications for new research fellowships for Summer 2018. These $4,000 fellowships will be offered to Graduate Center Ph.D. students from any program conducting research with a distinctive interdisciplinary turn whose main question is driven by public needs and priorities. The primary responsibilities of the award winners will be to produce a dissertation proposal or a dissertation chapter by September 2018 that will be showcased on the Provost’s website, as part of a new initiative in support of this theme.

Fellowship recipients will be required to do a brief public presentation on their work and write a short essay (2-3 pages) for public posting about the value of interdisciplinarity in the service of public knowledge.  Additional opportunities for social media contributions are possible.  Recipients will also be invited to participate in a working group advising the Provost on these topics in 2018-19.

Successful proposals will incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Plan for acquiring a new skill or new area of knowledge that will advance the research
  • Clear explanation of the significance of the research question to public knowledge
  • Clear explanation of any innovative aspect of interdisciplinary research methodology or public format (e.g., digital publishing, video, multimedia)
  • Brief account of how this project relates to your progress in your program

To apply please send a detailed letter of interest describing your project that addresses the above points, a c.v., a current Graduate Center transcript (students may submit the unofficial student copy that can be printed from Banner), and a letter of support from your primary advisor.

Instructions for submitting your application:

1)     Please combine the above materials (except for the letter of recommendation) into a SINGLE file (either as a pdf document or a word document).

Use the following format when naming your document: Last Name, First Name, Program

2)     Email your file directly to fellowshipapps@gc.cuny.edu

Please use your graduate center email address when sending the file.

Instructions for Faculty Recommenders

1)     Prepare your reference letter as a regular word or pdf document.

2)     Please use the following format when naming your document:

Student Last Name, First Name

3)     Email your file directly to fellowshipapps@gc.cuny.edu


Application Deadline: Friday, February 9, 3pm



Dec 5 | Info Session, Vera Institute of Justice

Information Session: Vera Institute of Justice
Tuesday, December 5, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 9204

Please register to attend here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSduD6I6kIZvxP8EiSP9iW6Zv7n7SlIMjhN0jnEaJklBbR9mWQ/viewform.

The Vera Institute of Justice has as its mission to build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. To do this, it works to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from the causes and consequences of mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement, to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence. You can find out more about Vera at https://www.vera.org/. (more…)

Deadline Jan 16 | Chateaubriand Fellowship Call for Applications 2018-2019

Dear colleague,

We would like to inform you that the Chateaubriand Fellowship[chateaubriand-fellowship.org] call for applications for 2018-2019 is now open. This fellowship offered by the Embassy of France in the United States allows doctoral students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for 4-9 months. We believe that this fellowship may interest colleagues in your university or graduate school who have or would like to initiate collaborations with French researchers.

This year, in support of the Make Our Planet Great Again[makeourplanetgreatagain.fr] Initiative launched by President Emmanuel Macron in June 2017, the Chateaubriand Program is offering additional fellowships for research projects related to Earth System Science, Climate Change and Sustainability, and Energy Transition.

Below and attached you will find a description of the Chateaubriand Fellowship. We would appreciate it if you could forward this information to any of your colleagues or other contacts that may be interested.

We remain at your disposal for any further information, and thank you in advance for your help in disseminating this call for applications.


The Chateaubriand Fellowship call for applications is now open: http://chateaubriand-fellowship.org[chateaubriand-fellowship.org]

Complete applications must be submitted by January 16, 2018.


Due Dec 4 | Call for Applications: GC Digital Fellowship in Design and Web Development

Call for Applications – GC Digital Fellowship in Design and Web Development


Based in the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, the GC Digital Fellows Program operates as an in-house think-and-do tank for digital projects, connecting Fellows to digital initiatives throughout The Graduate Center. The GC Digital Fellows utilize a team-based approach as they explore creative solutions for collaboratively developing and implementing projects and activities to support GCDI’s core missions.

GC Digital Initiatives seeks to add a new fellow for Spring 2018 who is interested in design and website development. Candidates should have a digital portfolio of design projects to share and interest in working on website development. Ideally, candidates might have also have experience with HTML, CSS, and/or WordPress and the CUNY Academic Commons (commons.gc.cuny.edu). Candidates should have proven experience working in highly collaborative settings, be strong communicators, and demonstrate interest in teaching workshops and creating tutorials to help other students and faculty learn about design.  (more…)

Due Dec 11 | Applications for Advising Fellows Program in the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies

Advising Fellow Program – Spring 2018

The Advising Fellow Program aims to provide vital academic support to students in the MA in Liberal Studies (MALS) program while they study at the Graduate Center. The Advising Fellows will provide individualized academic support to the master’s students, guiding them in choosing courses, managing their work loads and meeting academic challenges, and enlisting faculty mentors to supervise their theses. The Fellows will be advanced doctoral students who have already successfully navigated their own Graduate Center course requirements and who will be able to share their wisdom and experience with the master’s students. Carefully chosen for their interpersonal skills and judgment, the Fellows will be accessible and open to students while also providing academic guidance.   (more…)

Deadline Jan 31 | ARC Student Research Praxis Awards 2018-2019

As part of its effort to encourage student research, the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) will be offering a number of Research Praxis Fellowships for the coming 2018-2019 academic year. The awards are valued at $4,000 each and are for one semester only. To be eligible you must be a full time student who has completed the First Exam but not yet completed the Second Exam at the time of the tenure of the award.

Students who accept this award will join an ARC student/faculty research cluster meetings led by ARC Distinguished Visiting Fellows from within and outside of the CUNY system working in related areas. They will be required to attend three (3) cluster meetings during the semester. Preference will be given to students whose research interests are congruent with the research themes of the Distinguished Fellowship Program for 2018-2019.  The themes are:




Global Cities

In addition to attending the three cluster meetings, awardees will be required to do the following:

  • Submit a research statement of approximately 10 pages to their ARC student/faculty research cluster at the end of the semester of their tenure.
  • Attend the weekly ARC seminars for the semester of their tenure (approximately 15 seminars each Thursday 4:30 – 6:30 pm throughout the semester)
  • Post a 400 word blog on the ARC student research website commenting on the issues raised in one of the seminars which they have attended.

Application is available here: Student ARC Praxis Application Form 2018-19

Deadline for applying is January 31, 2018.   Students will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by March 16, 2018.

Nominations for this award should be sent to: fellowshipapps@gc.cuny.edu.

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