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Central New York Humanities Corridor Call for Proposals

Due:  March 15, 2020

The 2020-21 CNY Humanities Corridor proposal period is now open. 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.

The Corridor is driven by Working Groups formed by scholars from across participating institutions to collaborate on a particular project/topic/concern. Groups apply for seed funds to host academic year activities (colloquia, screenings, writing groups, performances, teaching exchanges, workshops). Proposals for new groups are always welcome!

Working Group Activities take many forms, and the possibilities are endless—from a deep dive into a discipline to broad interdisciplinary queries, from convening to develop manuscripts, or explore humanities methods, to advancing community engagement and taking up key social issues.

For questions about crafting strong proposals, creating new working groups, choosing appropriate research clusters, or to learn more about how your ideas could fit Corridor frameworks, please contact the CNY Humanities Corridor Program Coordinator, Aimee Germain: 315.443.8685;

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.

How do Working Groups “Work”?

  • Organizers are faculty/academic staff from Corridor institutions—and at least one WG Organizer must be from Cornell, Syracuse Univ., or Univ. of Rochester. Organizers form groups and coordinate WG activities. You can belong to (or organize) more than one group.
  • Each activity has an Organizer involved from the host campus where an activity will take place.
  • All groups and activities involve members from Corridor institutions in 2 or more locales/cities.
  • Each group selects a Research Cluster: Archives & Media (AM); Digital Humanities (DH); Historical Studies (HS); Humanities Futures (HF—new this cycle); Inequality & Social Difference (ISD—new this cycle); Linguistics (LIN); Literature, Language & Culture (LLC); Musicology / Performance Studies (MP); Philosophy / Critical Theory (PCT); Visual Arts & Culture (VAC).
  • An Intra-Corridor Travel Supplement helps convene WG members from different Corridor campuses and helps faculty/academic staff/graduate students attend Corridor activities (symposia, workshops, lectures, etc.) at other Corridor institutions. Guidelines are online.

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.


We have two annual deadlines (fall and spring) to submit Corridor proposals. Upcoming deadlines are:

  • 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 our web-based portal. Proposals can be shared or edited after submission and up until the deadline. 

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. (MMH22)
  • 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. (DH3)
  • 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. (AM1)
  • 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. (LLC13)
  • 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. (MMH17)
  • 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. (PHI6)

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 (, Administrative Manager of the Society for the Humanities.