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Central New York Humanities Corridor Call for Proposals

The next CFP deadline will be May 15, 2019 for activities to occur in the 2019-20 academic year. 

We welcome proposals from faculty at Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, the schools of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, Le Moyne College, and the Rochester Institute of Technology for new and existing working groups in each of our eight research clusters.

Since interdisciplinarity, connectivity, and collaboration are the original aims of the Corridor initiative, designated areas of shared scholarly strength were defined as “Clusters” that comprised “Working Groups” of faculty. Clusters are defined as broad thematic rubrics; they are both broadly conceived and intentionally interdisciplinary. Working groups are groups of scholars working on an issue/project under a cluster or thematic rubric. There can be several working groups in any given cluster.

Research Clusters

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

Eligibility Criteria

  • Working groups must include faculty from at least two Corridor institutions in order to apply for funding;
  • All working groups must include at least one faculty coordinator from one of the primary institutions (Syracuse University, Cornell University, or the University of Rochester);
  • Priority in funding will be given to working groups that demonstrate active participation of faculty and graduate students from more than one Corridor institution; and
  • There must be at least one faculty coordinator at any Corridor institution where activities will take place during the academic year.

Proposal Categories

  • New Working Groups: Corridor funding commitments for new working groups will be up to $1500;
  • 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): New this year, the Corridor will accept working group proposals for a multi-year period (up to three years) for working groups who have been active and engaged for at least two consecutive years. These groups must submit proposals with a defined rationale/vision as to what they hope to accomplish over a multi-year period. Approved working groups will be reviewed at the end of the period to be eligible for renewal.
  • Signature Event: New this year, the Corridor will also accept proposals for higher-profile events that may require a larger amount of funding (e.g., conferences, colloquia, large-scale exhibitions and/or performances involving Corridor participants). These cross-cluster proposals must include participation from at least three institutions to be eligible.


We have twice-per-year deadlines for submitting Corridor proposals, in the fall and spring.

  • The next CFP deadline will be May 15, 2019 for activities to occur in the 2019-20 academic year.

To Apply

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

For questions about proposals, including proposing a new working group, please contact the CNY Humanities Corridor Program Coordinator, Aimee Germain: 315.443.8685;

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 Paula Epps-Cepero (, Administrative Manager of the Society for the Humanities.