Take Research for Granted at NYU

NYU helps students engage with their studies outside of the classroom — no matter your area of interest, there’s a grant for that. The following seven recurring research grants are among the most notable opportunities at NYU, but many others are available at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

The Doctoral Student Travel Fund

The Doctoral Student Travel Fund is for students doing their dissertations through the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. The grant exists to cover travel funds for students presenting their research at conferences. Students can use their grant of up to $500 to cover transportation, lodging, food and conference fees. The application deadline for the summer session is May 1.

Dr. Richard Allen Williams & Genita Evangelista Johnson Association of Black Cardiologists Scholarship

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Offered through the Langone School of Medicine and the American Medical Association’s Minority Scholars Program, the Black Cardiologists Scholarship provides the means to conduct research for first- or second-year black medical students studying cardiology. All applicants must be recommended by their university and are eligible to receive $5,000 per year for their studies. The application deadline for next year is not listed yet.

Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund

Created in 1996, the DURF is an annual grant of up to $1,000 for undergraduates at CAS to expand their resources for both individual and group research projects. The grant covers travel expenses to conferences and access to collections, technology and other resources. The grant can be used as a means for beginner research geared toward underclassmen, but all students can apply except for second-semester seniors. Application deadlines are available in fall, winter and spring terms.

NYU Reynolds Changemaker Challenge

Students are encouraged to team up and use their imaginations as part of the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship Changemaker Challenge, an annual competition opportunity for undergraduate students interested in sustainable social change. Student teams finishing third through fifth place are awarded grants of up to $1,000, and the two grand prize winners receive up to $10,000 to further their research. All grant-winning teams receive access to Reynolds-sponsored support, resources and networks.  Each year, the 12-week competition begins in the fall.

Summer Studies with the Public Interest Law Center at NYU Law

The Public Interest Law Center at NYU Law provides a Summer Funding Program that guarantees grants for first- and second-year students who intend to research public interest work and hold government positions. The program provides essential experience for students who are aspiring public interest lawyers and encourages aspiring private lawyers to pursue pro bono work. First-year students receive $4,500, and second-year students receive $6,500.

Doctoral Faculty Research at the Silver School of Social Work

The Silver School of Social Work gives doctoral students the opportunity to collaborate with professors on their research projects for 20 paid hours a week during their first two years of study. Faculty research projects range from studying the role of mental health resources provided to incarcerated individuals to effective family planning initiatives. Each mentorship prepares graduate students to join the professional research world. After two years, students are prepared to lead research institutions and take on independent investigations.

Undergraduate and Master’s Students Research/Creative Projects Award

Open to all Steinhardt students, this grant is for students looking to conduct scholarly or creative work under the supervision of one of the school’s faculty members. Previous projects include a study in Latino parenting practices and children’s self-regulating skills, a school-based ethnography of restorative justice practices and a study of language functioning in Swedish-speaking school-age children with and without language impairment. Up to $1,000 will be granted to qualified students who have an innovative, realistic and well-specified plan to advance their field of study.

Email Miranda Levingston at [email protected]

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