Humanities Corridor Conference Initiative

You are here

Large Conference Funding for Cornell University


  • Up to $10,000 in support of one conference or workshop on Cornell’s campus
  • The conference or workshop must meet Corridor criteria of involving at least one faculty collaborator from another Corridor member institution (Syracuse University, University of Rochester, or Liberal Arts Six institutions) during planning stages and as presenter(s) at the conference
  • All or part of the event must be open to the public
  • It should be in early planning stages (i.e., at least 1 year - 1.5 years away) in order to be truly collaborative and co-created with Corridor partners
  • It must be affiliated with a Humanities Corridor working group: either an existing working group or a new working group may be created for its planning and execution
  • This funding is not intended for hosting annual meetings/conferences for discipline-specific organizations requiring membership (such as APA, MLA, GSA, etc.)

Application Procedure

  • A pre-proposal must be submitted to Emily Parsons ( at the Society for the Humanities prior to Corridor RFP deadline of March 15 (pre-proposal due March 6 at noon)
  • If pre-proposal is selected, a full working group proposal as well as a conference/workshop proposal must be submitted by Corridor RFP deadline via the Corridor’s website:
  • Pre-proposals must include:
  1. Name(s), department(s) of Cornell organizer(s)
  2. Corridor collaborator(s): name, department, institution
  3. Any other Cornell collaborators
  4. Proposed or existing working group name and associated Corridor cluster (see
  5. One page description of proposed event, including possible invitees and any outcome objectives such as publications or plans for continued Corridor collaboration
  6. Anticipated dates or timeframe for event
  7. Estimated total budget with brief breakdown (specifics will be required later; this should be a simple outline of why this level of funding is needed)

About the Corridor

The Central New York Humanities Corridor is a unique regional collaboration between Syracuse University, Cornell University, University of Rochester, Le Moyne College, and Schools of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium: Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University, Union College. In 2014, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a total of $3.55 million to the Central New York Humanities Corridor, permanently endowing the Corridor at each of its three founding institutions. 

The Corridor is designed to enhance the profile, scholarly prominence, and impact of interdisciplinary humanities in Central New York; advance individual and collaborative teaching, research, and public engagement in the humanities; increase connectivity and collaboration among academic humanists throughout the region; foster cross-institutional partnerships and resource-sharing mechanisms in emerging and established scholarly fields; and enhance the productivity of its key scholars, students, and community members.

Each year more than 3,500 faculty, students, and community members participate in upwards of 200 Corridor-sponsored activities. Cornell faculty and students traveling to other institutions to participate in Corridor activities may be eligible for travel expense reimbursement.

Cornell community members with questions about the Corridor should contact Emily Parsons (, Program Manager of the Society for the Humanities.