Early Research Initiative

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Applying for funding is an important part of graduate education. All doctoral students, including those admitted with full five-year fellowships, should plan to apply for both internal and external grants and fellowships in order to support their research agendas.

The Early Research Initiative — overseen by the Provost’s Office — offers Level II and III doctoral students the opportunity to articulate and clarify the aims of their research projects, cultivate their grant writing skills, and prepare for external award applications. The initiative encompasses all kinds of Graduate Center-sponsored research awards, from pre-dissertation to archival research, summer research, and partnerships with institutions such as the Morgan Library.

The Provost’s Office works closely with other Graduate Center offices, including the Office of Fellowships and Financial Aid, the Office of Career Planning & Professional Development and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, to guide students through the process of securing funding.

News and Updates

Morgan Library and Museum Fellowships - applications due March 15, 2021
Fellowships support Graduate Center doctoral students working on research projects based on the Morgan's collections.  See call for applications (PDF) for details.

PublicsLab Summer Public Research Fellowships - applications due March 4, 2021
These $2,000 fellowships will be offered to Graduate Center Ph.D. students from any program conducting research whose main question is driven by public needs and priorities. See call for applications (PDF) for details.

IRADAC Fellows Program - applications due March 5, 2021
The IRADAC Fellowship is open to all students working on the African Diaspora broadly defined. Applicants must be within the last year of completing their dissertation. See the call for applications (PDF) for details.

ERI Pre-Dissertation Awards in the Humanities and Social Sciences - applications due February 25, 2021
The ERI Pre-Dissertation Awards (PDF) provide summer funding for students conducting preliminary research and training leading to the development of the dissertation proposal.

ERI Pre-Dissertation Awards in the Sciences - applications due February 26, 2021
The ERI Pre-Dissertation Science Awards (PDF) fund pre-dissertation research and training for students in the sciences.

Connect New York Awards - Applications Due February 26, 2021
The Connect NY Summer Awards (PDF) support research on a wide range of New York-focused research.

ERI Archival Awards in American Studies and African American/African Diaspora Studies - applications due March 1, 2021
The ERI Archival Awards (PDF) fund summer archival research in the areas of American Studies and African American and African Diaspora Studies.

ERI Catalyst Grants, Spring 2021 - applications due February 16, 2021
The ERI Catalyst Grants (PDF) are open to level II and III doctoral students and provide short term assistance with research costs, see the application for details.

Creative GC Art and Science Connect Dissertation Fellowship - applications due February 24, 2021
The Creative GC Art and Science Connect Dissertation Fellowship (PDF) will be offered to level III Graduate Center Ph.D. students from any program conducting research whose main question is driven by an exploration of topics that intersect art and science.

Art and Science Connect Research Fellowship - applications due February 22, 2021
The Art and Science Connect Fellowships (PDF) are offered to Graduate Center Ph.D. students from any program conducting research whose main question is driven by an exploration of topics that intersect art and science.

GC-Mellon Race and the Middle East/North Africa Dissertation Fellowship - deadline extended- applications due March 1, 2021
The Race and the Middle East/North Africa Dissertation Fellowship (PDF) will be awarded to a student in any field of the humanities or social sciences pursuing research on notions and practices of race and racialization in the Middle East/North Africa and among Middle Easterners/North Africans in the United States.

“With the support of this fellowship, I was able to finally begin my yearlong data collection project for my dissertation to observe the changes that an urban shallow lake undergoes throughout the seasons influenced by different primary producers. The work I completed developing protocols, learning and calibrating equipment, running analysis, and fine-tuning methodology throughout this summer has given me a strong start in my long-term lake monitoring for my dissertation.”

Majid SahinScience Summer Fellow. doctoral student in earth and environmental sciences
“The work that I conducted with the Connect New York Fellowship allowed me to complete my dissertation chapter titled, “‘Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso’: Salsa and the City,” in which I chart the historical development of New York’s salsa dance scene and draw an ethnographic sketch of the scene today. This research brings necessary critical attention to social dance forms and Latinx cultural production, which have been staples in the fabric of New York’s urban landscape for generations.”

Carmela Muzio DormaniConnect New York Fellow, doctoral student in sociology
“With support from the Connect New York Fellowship, I have spent the summer researching the intersectional and interdisciplinary terrain of sexual violence to map out a thorough understanding of how it gets perpetrated structurally, ideologically, institutionally, and interpersonally. I aim to use this literature review to inform analysis of the subsequent data to be collected, and to aid in fully contextualizing New Yorkers’ lived experiences and consequences of police sexual violence within local and global structures.”

Priscilla BustamanteConnect New York Fellow, doctoral student in critical social psychology
“This summer, I worked on progressing toward Ph.D. candidacy, submitting my first chemical education book chapter for publishing, and performing advanced electrochemical experiments to characterize self-assembled tripeptides. I would like to thank the Early Research Initiative for giving me the ability to take my dissertation work a step further by assisting me in taking new courses that will allow me to mechanistically understand my project experiments better. My newly forged collaborations will result in data collection and analysis necessary for me to enter and continue through my third year in the program while publishing such challenging yet exciting work.”

Shejla PolloziScience Summer Fellow, doctoral student in chemistry

Contact Us

Rachel Sponzo

Associate Director of Student Research Fellowships
Graduate Center
Room 8113.14


Phone 212-817-7282