Humanities New York Grant

Eligibility Columbia PhD Students
Status Application Period Closed
Next Application Cycle TBD

Humanities New York (HNY) and the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities (SOF/Heyman) invite proposals from advanced graduate students throughout the University in support of public humanities programming.

Learn more by visiting the HNY Public Humanities Fellows page and the Humanities in Practice page.



All proposed projects must be public-facing in some way: intended for public audiences, engaging members of the public as collaborators, or partnering with community groups. Projects of any format or type will be considered; however, projects that are already underway or in development and that engage with issues of social justice and equity are particularly welcome. Projects may be collaborations between two or more students; however, the application should designate one as the project director.

Humanities NY expects to award $4,000 grants in 2021-2022 to one or two current Columbia University graduate students to develop their proposed projects (these grants will be paid in two installments: one of $3500, and a second of $500). The grant period will begin on 1 July 2021. In addition--also to develop their proposed projects and under the auspices of its Humanities-in-Practice initiative, the SOF/Heyman will provide research allowances of $4,000 to four to five graduate students named as SOF/Heyman Public Humanities Fellows. Applications to the HNY Grant will automatically be considered for research-allowance support from the SOF/Heyman.

Grantees/Fellows will have up to one year to expend awarded funds, which may be spent on travel, consultant fees, wages for labor, participant honoraria, marketing, venue space, project materials, and media costs, among other things. If you have a question about what costs the grant or research allowance will cover, please contact Humanities New York Senior Program Office Adam Capitanio (212-233-1131; [email protected]) or Humanities in Practice Coordinator María González Pendás ([email protected]).


Applicants must be PhD students at Columbia University


Applicants are required to submit the following:


Project Abstract

No more than 100 words.


Project Description

No more than 500 words.


Brief Biographical List of Partners and Collaborators

No more than 250 words.


Project Timeline

Projected key dates for project. No more than 250 words.


Project Budget

Use template in online application.


CV of Project Director and Collaborators

If applicable.

Terms and Awards

  • Grantees/Fellows are required to attend bi-weekly workshops and public events throughout the academic year aimed at providing them with methodological skills, professional connections, and feedback for the development of their projects.
  • Grantees/Fellows will be required to submit a final report after the completion of the grant and to organize a panel about their project in the end-of-year series Building Publics, under he auspices of Humanities in Practice.
  • Grantees/Fellows will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops and networking events held by the HCI partners, designed to introduce them to different skillsets and to experts of the public humanities, in order to enrich their practice.

Submission Guidelines

Applications must be submitted through the HNY portal. Applicants must create an account in advance of applying.

All proposals must be submitted by May 10, 2021. Applicants will be informed of decisions by June 7, 2021.

About Humanities New York

The mission of Humanities New York is to strengthen civil society and the bonds of community, using the humanities to foster engaged inquiry and dialogue around social and cultural concerns. Founded in 1975, Humanities New York is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is the sole statewide proponent of public access to the humanities. HNY is a private 501(c)3 that receives Federal, State, and private funding.

About the Humanities Centers Initiatives

The Humanities Centers Initiative is an innovative statewide partnership between Humanities New York and a network of humanities centers based at nine New York State universities. Launched in 2012 and supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Whiting Foundation, the HCI supports humanities institutes, faculty, and graduate students in their commitment to public engagement.

About the SOF/Heyman's Humanities in Practice Project

A key part of the SOF/Heyman's Public Humanities Initiative, the Humanities in Practice Projects are a space for students and faculty to imagine and develop experimental modes of engaged scholarship and pedagogy—work that spills out of disciplinary-bound methods and emerges from collective forms of knowledge production to interpret and question contemporary social and cultural concerns.