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CNY Humanities Corridor Invites Proposals

The 2019-2020 proposal period for Central New York Humanities Corridor funding is now open. Faculty members at New York Six member institutions are invited to submit proposals for new or existing working groups in the Corridor's eight research clusters. 

The eight clusters are: 

Archives and Media (AM)
Digital Humanities (DH)
Historical Studies (HS)
Linguistics (LIN)
Literature, Language, and Culture (LLC)
Musicology/Performance Studies (MP)
Philosophy/Critical Theory (PHI)
Visual Arts and Culture (VAC)

Funding Eligibility and Criteria

  • Working groups must include coordinators from at least two Corridor institutions;
  • All working groups must include at least one coordinator from one of the primary institutions (Syracuse University, Cornell University, or the University of Rochester);
  • Funding priority will be given to working groups that demonstrate active participation of members (which can include faculty, graduate students, and staff) from more than one institution; and
  • During the academic year in which the group’s activities will occur, there must be at least one coordinator from the Corridor institution(s) where the group’s activities will take place.

Proposal Categories

  • New Working Groups: Funding for new working groups will be up to $1500. Once a group is formed, it may submit proposals as a Continuing Working Group in the following categories (2-4).
  • Continuing Working Groups: Ongoing working groups with activities taking place in more than one Corridor location during the academic year may apply for up to $5000 per academic year (up to $2500 per event).
  • Continuing Working Groups (Multi-Year): Established groups that have been active and engaged for at least two consecutive years may submit proposals for a multi-year period (up to three years). Proposals must include a defined rationale/vision for a multi-year award and delineate what they hope to accomplish over a multi-year period.
  • Continuing Working Groups, Signature Event: The Corridor also accepts proposals from active, continuing working groups for higher-profile events that may require more funding (e.g., conferences, colloquia, large-scale exhibitions and/or performances involving Corridor participants). These interdisciplinary proposals must include participation from at least three institutions to be eligible. Signature Event funding availability varies annually based on overall proposal submissions to the Corridor. Signature event proposals are capped at $10,000.


  • May 15, 2019 is the current proposal deadline for activities occurring in 2019-20.
  • October 15, 2019 for activities occurring in Spring 2020 or during the 2020-21 academic year.
  • March 15, 2020 for activities occurring in 2020-21. (Note the new, earlier spring proposal deadline, starting in 2020.)

To Apply

Proposals will be accepted via the Corridor's web-based portal. Proposals can be shared or edited after submission and up until the deadline. To access the proposal form visit the link listed below using your computer, tablet, or smartphone:

To view or download a printable PDF version of the CFP, please click here.

Contact Us

Central New York Humanities Corridor at the Syracuse University Humanities Center -- 315.443.8685 --

Examples of Successful Working Group Activities

The examples below offer a reference to help generate ideas about what’s possible for Corridor working groups. They are neither exhaustive nor prescriptive. Please feel free to be creative in your proposals for Corridor collaboration and to reach out to us with any questions.

  • Writing Retreat: A weekend-long retreat for participants from four corridor institutions to develop and share feedback on current research and writing projects, facilitated by an invited scholar in the field. The retreat included two workshops on the writing process led by the invited scholar, a series of detailed feedback sessions, and individual writing time. Faculty participants came from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. 
  • Lecture with Invited Scholar: A senior scholar gave a talk on the intersection of cultural politics and digital humanities, tracing—among other things—the publication history of a canonical women of color feminist anthology through its unofficial digital edition that first circulated on the social blogging platform Tumblr and other informal social networks. 
  • Brainstorming Meeting: A new working group convened around shared interests in digital communication. Over the course of a year, they met to explore/summarize digital communication genres and scholarship, discussed ideas for autonomous activities for the next semester, and proposed/organized events for the next academic year. 
  • Poetry Reading, Roundtable, Class Visits: Internationally renowned poets visited two campuses as part of the working group's ongoing research project on classical influence in contemporary poetry. The event included a public roundtable with local scholars and visiting poets, class visits and a poetry recital.
  • Teaching Exchange: A working group organized a teaching exchange of guest lectures across three campuses. These guest lectures were either from Corridor institutions or invited guests. 
  • Formal Lecture, Seminar, Class Visits on Multiple Campuses: An international scholar gave a formal lecture on one campus which was followed by a classroom visit and working group seminar on a second campus.