Research and Fellowships

Liberal Studies encourages all students to become independent, lifelong learners that critically examine important questions. LS makes many opportunities available to support your scholarly interests with research outside the classroom.

Below is a selection of research programs and fellowships for which LS students may be eligible.  

General Research & Fellowship Opportunities

GLS Dean’s Global Research Grants - Grants to fund student research projects that are completed independently or in conjunction with a senior thesis, and that involve unusual expenses, such as travel; open to GLS students

Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights - Funding for extended research or experiential learning projects that focus on human rights; open to all students

NYU Policy Case Competition - Opportunity for student teams to develop and present policy proposals on current issues in application for funding and networking experiences in Washington, DC; open to all students

NYU Reynolds Changemaker Challenge - Competition that awards winning student teams comprehensive resources to establish nonprofits, for-profits, or hybrid organizations that bring about positive social impact; open to all students

NYU Reynolds/D-Prize Social Venture Competition - Intra-university competition that awards winning students funding to pilot proposed ventures that increase access to proven poverty solutions; open to all students 

Innovation Scholarship with the Skirball Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies - Scholarship to support study at NYU Tel Aviv for students intending to combine interest in Jewish history and culture, Israel, and/or the Middle East with a career in technology, business, or international affairs; open to students with a declared major or minor in Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Liberal Studies Social Impact Grants - Funding for applied learning experiences that promise meaningful, life-enriching impact for communities; open to LS students

Summer Research Opportunities in Prehealth & Summer Undergraduate Research Program - Multiple opportunities to hone and demonstrate intellectual curiosity and scholarly development as a pre-professional student; open to all prehealth students

Bell Scholarships for Public Service - Current sophomores and juniors from across NYU who plan to pursue a career that advances the public good may apply for the Bell Public Service Scholarship. This program seeks to enable students to pursue careers in the public service sector by providing them with annual scholarships of up to $8,000, renewable until graduation. 

Dalai Lama Fellowships - The Dalai Lama Fellowship offers emerging leaders a rigorous, interdisciplinary program on ways to be a leader that connects and cares for self, extends genuine compassion to others, and works for our common humanity.  With the support of mentors and coaches, each Fellow designs and implements an original Field Project addressing a global challenge over the course of a year.

Undergraduate Summer Research Program through NYU Center for Humanities - During this summer program, a small cohort of students conduct original research within the humanities under the supervision of NYU faculty mentors in their fields of study. The program is intended for students who are interested in pursuing a PhD in the humanities.

Research and Fellowships Abroad

Center for Ancient Studies Antonia S. Ranieri International Scholars Fund - Grants to support summer or term-time academic travel abroad; open to LS, CAS, and GSAS students

GLS Dean’s Global Research Grants - Grants to fund student research projects that are completed independently or in conjunction with the senior thesis, and that involve unusual expenses, such as travel; open to GLS students

Global Awards & Fellowships - Competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships intended to support outstanding students in their academic and professional endeavors, such as the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Marshall Scholarship, the Rhodes Scholarship, the Truman Scholarship, and more; open to all students

Department of History Richard Hull Fellowships - Funding to defray the costs of NYU study abroad programs in Africa or other research-related projects on African history; open to LS, CAS, and GSAS students

Curtis Scholarships - The Curtis Scholarship is a yearlong mentorship program to support youth leaders that embody the values of global citizenship, participating in an experiential learning trip to engage with cultural sites and development programs focused on poverty alleviation and related issues.  The scholarship creates a network of youth advocates and community leaders committed to local and global action.

Research Presentation Opportunities

Global Engagement Symposium - Spring semester conference at which undergraduate international students, study away participants, and exchange students present on their internationally focused engagement experience; open to all students

Liberal Studies Global Research Colloquium (LS) - Spring semester conference at which LS students showcase research projects related to the annual evolving theme, undertaken in connection with a course or as an independent project; open to LS students 

CAS Undergraduate Research Conference - Spring semester conference at which students showcase undergraduate projects in the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities, completed in connection with a course or as an independent or supervised study; open to all students

NYU Student Senators Council (SSC) Conference Fund Grants - Funding to support student travel to conferences related to their academic or professional goals as attendee, presenter, or performer; open to all students

Research Publication Opportunities

Council on Undergraduate Research - Scholarly publications that feature undergraduate research across disciplines and institutions; open to all students

NYU Journal of Politics & International Affairs - The Journal of Politics & International Affairs at NYU is a publication that provides a forum for outstanding student work on relevant, thought-provoking topics in the domestic and international landscape.  JPIA offers an outstanding opportunity for NYU students (including current GLS students and recent alumni) to have original research or reporting published in an academic journal. Submissions are evaluated based on their critical analysis as well as their ability to stimulate discourse.

Brio Literary Journal (NYU Comparative Literature Journal) - BRIO showcases exemplary and thought-provoking work of interdisciplinary focus by undergraduate college students across the nation. The journal combines a variety of genres; academic papers, creative pieces, and artwork with an intertextual, interdisciplinary or translational focus.  The mission of the journal has always been to feature undergraduate works originating across various departments and disciplines. 

NYU Undergraduate Law Review - The Undergraduate Law Review at NYU provides a platform for the submission and discussion of law-related subjects. They accept student submissions of articles that examine and explore topics pertaining to law and the legal field. As a journal that fosters scholarly debate, research and analysis, their mission is to encourage legal and political awareness in the NYU community.

Research Opportunities Around NYU

If you are a Core Program student who will transition to another NYU school, you have additional research opportunities to consider following your transition.

Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund (CAS) - Grants to assist a student's independent research; open to rising juniors transitioning to CAS and continuing students in CAS

Diversity Undergraduate Research Incubator (Arts & Science) - Summer program that connects undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to GSAS doctoral student mentors to collaborate on original research; open to rising juniors transitioning to CAS and continuing students in CAS

Gallatin Undergraduate Research Fund (Gallatin) - Grants that support the purchase of necessary equipment, travel, or other qualified expenses of research projects; open to Gallatin students

Global Fellowship in Urban Practice (Gallatin) - Funds supporting students’ pursuit of extended research projects while working at sponsor organizations in New York, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Madrid; open to Gallatin students

Grants for Student Research/Creative Projects (Steinhardt) - Grants that support independent research on a special topic of interest; open to Steinhardt Students

Research+ (CAS) - Summer program to complement practical research experience; open to rising juniors transitioning to CAS and continuing students in CAS

Name: Grégory Ellis
Major: GLS '16
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Award: Dean’s Global Research Grant for Thesis Research
Academic question: Explored how literature portrays ideologies as forms of artificial intelligence for senior thesis, Ideology as Artificial Intelligence: An Exploration of the Exteriorization of Human Intellect into Social Institutions through the Lens of Science Fiction
Research: Traveled to Tokyo, Japan, to visit the Miraikan (National Museum for Emerging Science and Innovation) and see firsthand the advancement of technology in human interaction 
Advice to other student researchers: Take time to enjoy your travel. Being in the country where your research takes place may provide you with cultural perspective on your topic and can add invaluable dimensions to your argument.