Research and Fellowships

Liberal Studies encourages all students to become independent, lifelong learners that critically examine important questions. LS makes many opportunities available to support your scholarly interests with research outside the classroom.

Below is a selection of research programs and fellowships for which LS students may be eligible.

General Research & Fellowship Opportunities

GLS Dean’s Global Research Grants - Grants to fund student research projects that are completed independently or in conjunction with a senior thesis, and that involve unusual expenses, such as travel; open to GLS students

Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights - Funding for extended research or experiential learning projects that focus on human rights; open to all students

NYU Policy Case Competition - Opportunity for student teams to develop and present policy proposals on current issues in application for funding and networking experiences in Washington, DC; open to all students

NYU Reynolds Changemaker Challenge - Competition that awards winning student teams comprehensive resources to establish nonprofits, for-profits, or hybrid organizations that bring about positive social impact; open to all students

NYU Reynolds/D-Prize Social Venture Competition - Intra-university competition that awards winning students funding to pilot proposed ventures that increase access to proven poverty solutions; open to all students

Innovation Scholarship with the Skirball Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies - Scholarship to support study at NYU Tel Aviv for students intending to combine interest in Jewish history and culture, Israel, and/or the Middle East with a career in technology, business, or international affairs; open to students with a declared major or minor in Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Liberal Studies Social Impact Grants - Funding for applied learning experiences that promise meaningful, life-enriching impact for communities; open to LS students

Summer Research Opportunities in Prehealth & Summer Undergraduate Research Program - Multiple opportunities to hone and demonstrate intellectual curiosity and scholarly development as a pre-professional student; open to all prehealth students


Research and Fellowships Abroad

Center for Ancient Studies Antonia S. Ranieri International Scholars Fund - Grants to support summer or term-time academic travel abroad; open to LS, CAS, and GSAS students

GLS Dean’s Global Research Grants - Grants to fund student research projects that are completed independently or in conjunction with the senior thesis, and that involve unusual expenses, such as travel; open to GLS students

Global Awards & Fellowships - Competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships intended to support outstanding students in their academic and professional endeavors, such as the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Marshall Scholarship, the Rhodes Scholarship, the Truman Scholarship, and more; open to all students

Department of History Richard Hull Fellowships - Funding to defray the costs of NYU study abroad programs in Africa or other research-related projects on African history; open to LS, CAS, and GSAS students


Research Presentation Opportunities

Global Engagement Symposium - Spring semester conference at which undergraduate international students, study away participants, and exchange students present on their internationally focused engagement experience; open to all students

Liberal Studies Global Research Colloquium (LS) - Spring semester conference at which LS students showcase research projects related to the annual evolving theme, undertaken in connection with a course or as an independent project; open to LS students (See the RFP for the 2017 Colloquium)

CAS Undergraduate Research Conference - Spring semester conference at which students showcase undergraduate projects in the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities, completed in connection with a course or as an independent or supervised study; open to all students

NYU Student Senators Council (SSC) Conference Fund Grants - Funding to support student travel to conferences related to their academic or professional goals as attendee, presenter, or performer; open to all students


Research Publication Opportunities

Council on Undergraduate Research - Scholarly publications that feature undergraduate research across disciplines and institutions; open to all students


Research Opportunities Around NYU

If you are a Core Program student who will transition to another NYU school, you have additional research opportunities to consider following your transition.

Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund (CAS) - Grants to assist a student's independent research; open to rising juniors transitioning to CAS and continuing students in CAS

Diversity Undergraduate Research Incubator (CAS) - Summer program that connects undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to GSAS doctoral student mentors to collaborate on original research; open to rising juniors transitioning to CAS and continuing students in CAS

Gallatin Undergraduate Research Fund (Gallatin) - Grants that support the purchase of necessary equipment, travel, or other qualified expenses of research projects; open to Gallatin students

Global Fellowship in Urban Practice (Gallatin) - Funds supporting students’ pursuit of extended research projects while working at sponsor organizations in New York, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Madrid; open to Gallatin students

Grants for Student Research/Creative Projects (Steinhardt) - Grants that support independent research on a special topic of interest; open to Steinhardt Students

Research+ (CAS) - Summer program to complement practical research experience; open to rising juniors transitioning to CAS and continuing students in CAS


LS Student Researchers


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Name: Grégory Ellis
Major: Global Liberal Studies, 2016
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Award: Dean’s Global Research Grant for Thesis Research
Academic question: Explored how literature portrays ideologies as forms of artificial intelligence for his senior thesis, Ideology as Artificial Intelligence: An Exploration of the Exteriorization of Human Intellect into Social Institutions through the Lens of Science Fiction
Research pursued: Traveled to Tokyo, Japan, to visit the Miraikan (National Museum for Emerging Science and Innovation) and see firsthand the advancement of technology in human interaction
Advice to other student researchers: Take time to enjoy your travel. Oftentimes being in the country where your research takes place will provide you with cultural perspective on the topic that you are researching and can add invaluable dimensions to your argument.