Advanced Research Collaborative  

Akinsulue Smith
"The protected time and the opportunity to engage with incredible national and international scholars were invaluable. What a rich and stimulating oasis!"
-- Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith, Professor of Psychology The City College of New York and The Graduate Center, CUNY

Leslie Paik
"The ARC fellowship provided an inspiring intellectual environment for faculty and graduate students alike to learn from each other’s work and respective academic disciplines. It was an immense privilege to be part of this amazing group of scholars." -- Leslie Paik, PhD Associate Professor, Sociology Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership City College of the City University of New York
Rafael Alarcon
"ARC is a unique academic community that provides the opportunity to turn research into publications in a pleasant environment." -- Rafael Alarcón, Professor of Social Studies/Migration Studies, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana, Mexico.

Willem Duyvendak
"ARC provides a wonderful opportunity for an international group of engaged scholars, who are devoted to intellectual exchanges and cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research." -- Jan Willem Duyvendak, Rector of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) and Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA)


The Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) of The Graduate Center invites tenured and tenure-track scholars both within and outside of CUNY to apply for our Distinguished Faculty Awards.

Broadly defined, the research areas are:

  • Race, Migration, & Diversity
  • Comparative Studies
  • Inequality
  • Urbanism and Global Cities
We are particularly interested in projects that can speak to both humanistic and social scientific concern. 

Distinguished Awards fall into two categories:
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholars: for scholars who are not employed by the City University of New York. A Distinguished Visiting Scholar will receive an office, computer, and access to The Graduate Center’s academic infrastructure. Scholars can stay for one or two semesters, or for a shorter period. Depending on the duration of stay, travel costs to and from the fellowship can be reimbursed for the most economical fare only (up to maximum of $3,000) following the submission of the required documentation.
  • Distinguished CUNY Scholars: for tenured and tenure-track faculty at one of the campuses of the City University of New York. A Distinguished CUNY Scholar will receive course buyouts up to a maximum of 3 course releases for one semester.