Doctoral student applicants must be nominated by their department. Departments may submit not more than three nominations (unranked).
All Ph.D. candidates who have completed all degree requirements except for the dissertation and are maintaining matriculation with full-time status in the humanities and arts disciplines in the Graduate School of Arts and Science (including IFA, Performance Studies, and Cinema Studies) or the Steinhardt School are eligible to apply. Candidates must already have made significant progress on their dissertations.
Strong priority will be given to students in their final year. Doctoral Fellows who are fully funded by the Center are expected not to teach during the fellowship year. GSAS students may apply for a fellowship for post-MacCracken support.
There are two main requirements expected of students participating in this program.
Students must be nominated by their department chair in consultation with their director of graduate studies. A department may nominate up to three applicants.
Fellows are required to attend weekly meetings with the entire cohort of research fellows. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss projects and emerging humanities trends.
Doctoral Student Fellows receive a nine-month stipend of approximately $27,526, comprehensive health insurance, maintenance of matriculation and registration fees, and a research award of $2,000. If awarded a NYU Center for the Humanities Research Fellowship, the student must turn down any other full-year grant/fellowship from another funding source.
Dissertation Fellowship Research Stipends
In addition to the three Doctoral Fellows to be funded through the Center, two winners of the GSAS Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship or Mellon Fellowship will be selected as Honorary Fellows to participate in the year’s weekly meetings and events. Each Honorary Fellow will receive a research award of $2,000 and will take part fully in the Center’s programming. No separate application is necessary to be considered for the Honorary Fellowship.
Applications for the Graduate Student Research Fellowship competition may be submitted only by the student’s department. Applicants should therefore check on internal departmental deadlines.
Graduate Students: Please contact your department administrator directly to confirm their preferred contact and method of submission. It is the graduate student’s responsibility to ensure that their department administrator is supplied with all required materials and information from sections 1 & 2 below.
Department Administrators: You are responsible for submitting all materials electronically through the online application. Please complete one application form per student.
1. Applicant Information
Department administrators will be asked to include the student’s following information: department, school, address and phone number, e-mail address, Net ID, NYU ID Number (N#), and expected date of PhD. They will also need to provide the name, title, phone number, and e-mail address of the student’s dissertation advisor, director of graduate studies, and department chair.
Full Curriculum Vitae (Word Document or PDF)
Students must provide their department administrator with a full CV to submit via the application form.
2. Research Experience & Project
Department administrators will be asked to include the title of the student’s dissertation in addition to uploading the documents listed below.
Proposal (Word Document or PDF)
The proposal, consisting of no more than 1000 words, should describe the dissertation, its importance for the field in particular and the humanities more generally, and the progress expected to be made during the Fellowship year.
Unofficial Graduate Transcript (PDF)
The student’s transcript can be obtained by either the student or department administrator from albert.nyu.edu.
3. Letters of Support
Department administrators are responsible for collecting and uploading two letters of support for the student: one from the dissertation advisor, and one from the department chair.
This letter should assess the student’s expected contribution to his/her field and his/her ability to engage productively with an interdisciplinary group of scholars. Letters should be submitted directly to the department administrator to be included in the student’s application.
In the case of multiple applications from the same department, a single letter is acceptable as long as it addresses each candidate.
Selection Criteria & Review Process
Fellows will be selected by the NYU Center for the Humanities Fellowship Review Committee. The proposal and the department nomination will form the basis for the Committee’s decision making. Criteria for selection will be the strength and promise of the research project, the student’s academic record, and the potential for the student to contribute to and benefit from broad-based interdisciplinary discussions and activities.
Questions regarding applications should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Nora Abrams, Para-realism and the Early Sculpture of Rachel Whiteread. Advisor: Linda Nochlin
Birgitta Augustin, Painting Authenticity: Intersections in the Lives and Art of Zhang Yu, Huang Gongwang and Ni Zan. Advisor: Jonathan Hay
William Bracken, Rembrandt as Creative Inventor. Advisors: Eric Jan Sluiter and Mariet Westermann
Carolina Carrasco, The Lives of Working Objects: Functionalism and the Institution in the Archival “Readymades” of George Maciunas. Advisor: Robert Storr
Elizabeth Dospel Williams, Worldly Adornments: Women's Precious Metal Jewelry in the Early Medieval Eastern Mediterranean (9500-1100 CE). Advisor: Thelma Thomas
Galia Halpern, Open Geography and the Illuminated Mandeville's Travels. Advisor: Colin T. Eisler
Nina Harkrader, Building for the Poor and the Pauper: Architecture, Morality and Medical Models in Victorian England, 1850-1900. Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen
Rachel Kaplan, Mexican Modernism in National and Transnational Contexts. Advisor: Edward Sullivan
Allyson McDavid, The Legacy of the Great Baths of Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity. Advisor: Thelma Thomas
Nicole Myers, Courbet and the Realist Nude. Advisor: Linda Nochlin
Berit Potter, "Grace McCann Morley and the Dialectical Exchange of Modern Art in the Americas, 1935 – 1958. Advisors: Thomas Crow and Edward J. Sullivan.
David Jacob Rabinowitz, Public Construction: Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Running Fence. Advisor: Jeffrey Weiss
Delia Solomons, Installing Latin American Art for Cold War Culture: U.S. Exhibitions (1959-1967). Advisor: Edward Sullivan
Anna Swinbourne, Marvelous Spectacle: The Role of Ostend's benediction of the Sea in Selected Paintings and Drawings by James Ensor. Advisors: Robert Lubar and Priscilla P. Soucek
Michael Waters, Materials, Materiality, and Spolia in Italian Renaissance Architecture. Advisor: Marvin Trachtenberg
Shannon Wearing, Power and Style: The Liber Feudorum Maior and the Court of Alfonso II, King of Aragon and Count of Barcelona (r. 1162-1196). Advisor: Jonathan Alexander
Joseph Ackley, 'Offer him gold; that is true love': Ottonian gold repoussé and the Western medieval church treasury. Advisor: Jonathan J. G. Alexander
William Ambler, The Portrait Workshop at the Court of Philip IIII of Spain. Advisor: Jonathan Brown.
Andrea Bell, French Artists in Rome: An Examination of Eighteenth-Century Drawing Albums. Advisor: Thomas Crow
Anna Katherine Brodbeck, Parallel Situations: Artur Barrio, Brazilian Art, and International Exchange in the Post-Studio Era (1969–1974). Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan
Lauren Cannady, Owing to Nature and Art: The Garden Landscape and the Eighteenth-Century French Interior. Advisor: Thomas Crow
Christopher Corradino, Giovanni Mansueti Painting in Venice. Advidor: Colin T. Eisler
Nicholas Herman, Jean Bourdichon (1457-1521): Tradition, Transition, Renewal. Advisor: Jonathan J. G. Alexander
Titia Hulst, Leo Castelli and the Market for American Contemporary Art. Advisor: Thomas Crow
Kenji Kajiya, Color-Field Painting in the Cultural Context of America. Advisor: Robert S. Lubar
Zhijian Qian, Modernism Re-oriented in a Chinese Context: Painting of Modernist Artiti in Wartime Chongqing, 1937-1945. Advisor: Jonathan Hay
Anooradha Siddiqi, Just Add Water? Architecture and Humanitarianism, 1991-2011. Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen
Ileana Selejan, Postmodern Warfare in Images: The Aesthetics of War Photography in the Late 1970s and 1980s. Advisor: Thomas Crow
Jennifer Sudul, The Early works of Niki de Saint Phalle. Advisors: Robert Storr and Linda Nochlin
Julia Valiela, Model Women: Female Portrait Busts in Renaissance Italy. Advisors: Beverly Brown and Patricia Rubin
Mark Abb, The Polychromy of Roman Marble Sculpture: Aphrodisias and Corinth. Advisor: Katherine Welch
Denise Birkhofer, On and Off the Streets: Photography and Performance in Mexico City, 1974-1984. Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan
Cathleen Chaffee, Decors: Marcel Broodthaers Late Exhibition Practice, 1974-75. Advisor: Robert Storr
Nathaniel Donahue, Decorative Modernity and Avant-Garde Classicism in Renoir's Late Work, 1892-1919. Advisor: Linda Nochlin
Jason Dubs, Making a Scene: The Colectivo Acciones de Arte, the Chilean Neo-Avant-Garde, and the Politics of Visibility, 1975-89. Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan
Rachel Federman, Framing Los Angeles: Artists’ Environments and Institutional Space, 1962-1994. Advisor: Thomas Crow
Ross Finocchio, Henry Clay Frick: The Making of an American Collector, 1880-1905. Advisor: Jonathan Brown
Maryl Gensheimer, Decoration and Display in the Imperial Thermae: Issues of Intention, Reception, and Visual Experience at the Baths of Caracalla. Advisor: Katherine Welch
Melanie Hanan, Romanesque Casket Reliquaries: Forms, Meanings, and Development. Advisor: Jonathan J.G. Alexander
Genevive Hendricks, Collision and Collusions: Interactions in Le Corbusier’s Art and Architecture, Purism and Beyond. Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen
Joe Hill, Becoming Global: Contemporary Art Worlds in the Age of the Biennials Boom. Advisor: Robert Storr
AlisonHokanson, The Soul of Solemn: Places; The Interior Scenes of Henri de Braekeleer (1840-1888). Advisor: Linda Nochlin
Jai Imbrey, Fictive Frames in Mantegna’s Devotional Art. Advisor: Colin T. Eisler
Abby Kornfeld, Meanings in the Margins: Between Text and Image in the Barcelona Haggadah. Advisor: Jonathan J.G. Alexander
Matthew Levy, Abstract Painting and the Minimalist Critiques: Robert Mangold, David Novros, Jo Baer. Advisor: Robert Storr
Lihong Lui, A Known World: The Pictorial Construction of Place in the Art of Shen Zhou, Wen Zhengming, and Lu Zhi. Advisor: Jonathan Hay
Beth Merfish, Stars in Complex Constellations: Mexico City’s Taller de Gráfica Popular through Inside and Outside Histories. Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan
Elizabeth Monti, Art for an Antipope at the Court of Clement VII (1378-1394). Advisor: Jonathan J.G. Alexander
Judith Noorman, The Unconventional Career of Jacob van Loo (1614-70), Painter in Amsterdam and Paris. Advisor: Mariët Westermann
Rory O’Dea, Science Fiction and Mystic Fact: Robert Smithson’s Ways of World Making, Advisor: Robert Storr
Alexander Rich, Artist or Critic: Guy Pène du Bois and the Search for Artistic Identity. Advisor: Linda Nochlin
Lindsey Schneider, The Late Career of Pietro da Cortona and Roman Baroque Painting after 1650. Advisor: Jonathan Brown.
Deanna Sheward, Building for the Bomb: Monumentality and the Manhattan Project. Advisor: Thomas Crow
Hannah Sigur, Neoclassicism and National Identity: Japan, the United States, and International Expositions 1862-1915. Advisor: Jean Louis Cohen
Denise-Marie Teece, Vessels of Verse, Ships of Song: Persian Anthologies of the Qara Quyunlu and Aq Quyunlu Perod. Advisor: Priscilla Soucek
Rosemarie Trentinella, The Roman Villa in Calabria: Case Studies in Visual Culture. Advisor: Katherine Welch
Derek Weiler, Serial Aesthetics and the Concept of Technique: Mel Bochner and the 1960s. Advisor: Jeffrey Weiss
Michelle Anne Wijegoonaratna, Tradition, Innovation and the Construction of Identity in Otto Dix’s Portraits and Self-Portraits 1912-1925. Advisor: Robert S. Lubar
Guendalina Ajello, Afterlives: The Reuse, Adaptation and Transformation of Roma’s Ancient theaters. Advisor: Marvin L. Trachtenberg
Liam Considine, New Realisms: Pop Art in France, 1962-1968. Advisor: Thomas Crow
Isabel Fowkles, The Cults of Syrian-Phoenician Gods in Rome: Archaeology, Topography, and Connections to the Roman East. Advisor: Clemente Marconi
Ana Franco, Edgar Negret and Eduard Ramirez-Villamizar: Transnational Encounters and the Rise of Modernism in Colombian Art, 1944-1964. Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan
Casey Gardonio-Foate, Professional Women Artists of Iberia’s Golden Age: Careers in Context. Advisor: Jonathan Brown
Sarah Graff, Humbaba/Huwawa. Advisor: Katherine Welch
Erik Gustafson, Tradition and Renewal in the Thirteenth-Century Franciscan Architecture of Tuscany. Advisor: Marvin L. Trachtenberg.
Karen Hung, Carved Elegance: Hans Thoman, German Renaissance Sculptor. Advisor: Colin T. Eisler
Lauren Jacobi, The Topography of Money: The Architecture and Urbanism of Banks in Renaissance Italy. Advisor: Marvin L. Trachtenberg
Danielle Johnson, Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, 1928-1938. Advisor: Robert S. Lubar
Ronda Kasl, The Making of Hispano-Flemish Style: Art, Commerce, and Politics in Fifteent-Century Castille. Advisor: Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann
Laura Leaper, Time, Memory and Ritual: deciphering visual rhetoric in Diego Valades’ Rhetorica Christiana. Advisor: Jonathan Brown
Yulin Lee, Strategies of Spatialization in the Contemporary Art Museum: An Exploratory Study of New Museums and Contemporary Art in Japan. Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen
Niria E. Leyva-Gutierrez, Painting Power: Images of Ecclesiastical Authority in Seventeenth-Century New Spain. Advisor: Jonathan Brown
Sarah Madole, Innovation and Identity on Mythological Frieze Sarcophagi from Roman Asia Minor. Advisor: Katherine Welch
Michele Matteini, Painting in the Age of Evidential Scholarship (Kaozheng): Luo Ping’s Late Years, ca. 1770-1799. Advisor: Jonathan Hay
Sarah Montross, Cartographic Communication: Latin American New Media Artists in New York, Juan Downey and Jaime Davidovich (1960s-1980s). Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan
Adele Nelson, The Monumental and the Ephemeral: The São Paulo Bienal and the Emergence of Abstraction in Brazil, 1946-1954. Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan
Lelia Packer, Imitation and Innovation in Materials in Early Modern Northern European Art: Pen Prints, Pen Drawings, and Pen Paintings, c. 1580-1670. Advisor: Mariët Westermann
Maggie Popkin, The Trimphal Route in Republican and Imperial Rome: Architecture, Experience, and Memory. Advisor: Katherine Welch.
Jennifer Udell, Times of Day and Times of Year on Athenian Vases. Advisor: Clemente Marconi
Kathryn Wysocki, Images for the King: The Bronze Plaques of the Benin Court in their Architectural Context. Advisor: Jonathan Hay
Qamar Adamjee, Strategies for Visual Narration in the Illustrated Chandayan Manuscripts. Advisor: Priscilla Soucek
Esther Bell, Charles-Antoine Coypel: Painting and Performance in Eighteenth-Century France. Advisor: Jonathan Brown
Johanna Blokker, (Re) Constructing Identity: World War II and the Reconstruction of Cologne’s Destroyed Romanesque Churches, 1945-1985. Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen.
Michael Brown, Portraiture in New Spain, 1600-1800: Painters, Patrons and Politics in Viceregal Mexico. Advisor: Jonathan Brown
Luis Castaneda, The Twilight of the Miracle: The Politics of Architecture in Mexico, 1953-1968. Advisors: Jean-Louis Cohen and Edward J. Sullivan
Amy Calver, The Integration of Quantitative and Qualitative Research in a Study of the Regalia of Ramses III. Advisor: David O’Connor
Jacquelyn Coutre, Jan Lievens: Painting, Politics and Decoration in Dutch Art, 1653-1669. Advisor: Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann
Vanessa Davidson, Paulo Bruscky and Edgardo Antonio Vigo: Pioneers in Alternative Communication Networks, Conceptualism, and Performance (1960s-1980). Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan
Keely Heuer, The Head as a Decorative Motif in South Italian Vase Painting. Advisor: Joan Mertens
Pamela Huckins, Art in the Alta California Mission Churches, 1769-1834. Advisor: Jonathan Brown
Maile Hutterer, Broken Outlines and Structural Exhibitionism: the Flying Buttress as Aesthetic Choice in Medieval France. Advisor: Marvin L. Trachtenberg
Matthew Israel, Paradigms of Protest: American Artists Against the Vietnam War. Advisor: Robert Storr
Anna Jozefacka, Rebuilding Warsaw: Conflicting Visions of a Capital City, 1916-1956. Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen
Yumiko Kamada, Flowers on Floats: The Production, Circulation, and Reception of Early Modern Indian Carpets. Advisor: Priscilla Soucek
Lauren Kinnee, The Roman Trophy: From Battlefield Marker to Emblem of Power. Advisor: Katherine Welch
Cheryl Korte, Plychromed Quattrocento Sculpture in Florence. Advisor: Colin T. Eisler
Jonathan Lackman, Art-Critical Invective in Paris: 1844-1876. Advisor: Linda Nochlin
Heather McCarthy, Queenship, Cosmography, and Regeneration: The Decorative Programs and Architecture of Ramesside Royal Women’s Tombs. Advisor: David O’Connor
Kathryn Moore, Italian Copies of Holy Land Architecture: The Illustrated Versions of Niccolò da Poggibonsi’s Libro d’Oltramare
Heather Turnbow, Sacrophagi and Funerary Display in Roman Aphrodisias. Advisor: Katherine Welch.
Jessica Veith, Memorializing the Past: Jan de Bray and the Construction of Identity in Seventeenth-Century Haarlem. Advisor: Mariët Westermann
Marta Ameri, Sealing at the Edge of the third Millennium Middle Asian Interaction Spheres: The View from Gilund, Rajasthan, India. Advisor: Colin T. Eisler
Jamieson Donati, Towards an Agora: The Spatial and Architectural Development of Greek Commercial and Civic Space in the Peloponnese. Advisor: Clemente Marconi
Lindsay Harris, Picturing the ‘Primitive’: Photography, Architecture, and the Construction of Italian Modernism, 1911-1936. Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen
Heather Horton, Authority and Innovation in Alberti’s Theory and Practice. Advisor: Marvin L. Trachtenberg
Anne Hrychuk, From Fornix to Arcus: The Origins, Development and Imperial Transformation of the Freestanding Roman Arch (196 BCE to 54 CE). Advisors: Katherine Welch and Priscilla Soucek
Lorraine Karafel, Raphael’s all’antica Tapestries for Pope Leo X: Art, Culture, and Politics in Early Sixteenth-Century Rome. Advisor: Colin T. Eisler
Abigail McEwen, The Practice and Politics of Cuban Abstraction, c. 1952-1963. Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan
Margaret Samu, The Female Nude in Nineteenth-Century Russian Art: A Study in Assimilation and Resistance. Advisor: Linda Nochlin
Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, Felsine Pittrici: The Women Artists of Early Modern Bologna. Advisor: Linda Nochlin
Lori Waxman, A Few Steps towards a Revolution of Everyday Life: Walking with the Surrealists, the Situationist International, and Fluxus. Advisor: Thomas Crow