The 19 Washington Square North (WSN) Faculty Fellows program is pleased to announce the call for AY 2021-22 Fellowships, made possible by the generous support of the NYU Office of the Provost and the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute. The Fellows program aims to foster and strengthen connections between NYU faculty in Abu Dhabi and New York as well as to enhance academic activity at 19 Washington Square North, the home of NYUAD in New York. Accordingly, applications will be welcomed in fall 2020 from teams that pair one full-time NYU faculty member in New York with one full-time member of the NYU Abu Dhabi standing faculty. Applicants are asked to propose a plan of joint research or artistic creation for AY 2021-22 that results in an original scholarly, creative, or artistic product or event presented at 19 WSN either during the fellowship period or the following summer. Examples might include a symposium, panel, exhibit, film, or performance.
Successful teams will be granted a USD 10,000 budget for their proposed project as well as office space at 19 WSN. In addition, New York-based Fellows will receive one course release during AY 2021-22. Abu Dhabi-based Fellows who are slated to teach more than three courses (or the equivalent number of credit hours) during AY 2021-22 may also receive one course release. Otherwise, the Abu Dhabi-based Fellows will receive up to USD 15,000 in the form of either (1) a separate travel grant covering a stay in NY of up to two weeks (including transportation, housing, and per diem); (2) additional research funds in support of the proposed project; or (3) a combination of the previous two. All Fellows will continue to receive regular salary and benefits through their division, school, or college.
In addition to organizing an event to be held at 19 WSN, Faculty Fellows will be expected to contribute to scholarly life there to the extent possible. New York-based Fellows, as well as Abu Dhabi-based Fellows when visiting New York, will be expected to work primarily from their 19 WSN office, attend events of interest (such as programs organized there by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute), and participate in regular gatherings to discuss their work in progress. Moreover, videoconference calls each semester will give all the Fellows the opportunity to discuss project developments and thus learn from, support, and brainstorm with their peers in diverse disciplines. Finally, Fellows will submit a brief narrative report of their fellowship activities at the end of the term.
Note: Please be aware that activities at 19 Washington Square North may continue to be restricted should Covid-19-related limits on campus access and gatherings, as well as University rules regarding travel, remain in effect in AY 2021-22.
Eligible applicant teams must include one member of each of the following:
Full-time faculty at any of NYU's schools or colleges in New York (for example, Arts and Science, Tandon School of Engineering, Stern School of Business, Institute of Fine Arts, etc.) at the time of application.
Full-time standing faculty at NYU Abu Dhabi in any division or program at the time of application. Please note this does not include NYUAD affiliated or visiting faculty.
As detailed in the instructions below, applicants must obtain the written approval of their department chair (in NY) or program head (in AD) as well as their deans in order to apply. NYU faculty in NY are only eligible for the Fellowship if they receive approval for a course release.
The 19 WSN Faculty Fellowship program will contribute towards the cost of teaching release for eligible Fellows in programs or departments that opt to hire a replacement instructor during AY 2021-22, so it is important that the relevant chairs/program heads as well as deans indicate in advance whether or not they assent to a potential course release. The course release may be taken either during the Fall 2021 or the Spring 2022 semester. Fellows will be responsible for coming to an agreement on the adjustment of their teaching schedule with their department, program, division, or school.
Only one member of the applicant pair should initiate the submission and upload the requested materials, to avoid confusion or duplicate submissions; this may be either the Abu Dhabi- or the New York-based applicant. There will be an opportunity to provide the names and relevant information for both team members.
The application requires the following components:
1. Project statement of 2,000 words or less, describing the project's:
a. Objective(s) and significance, contribution, or rationale;
b. Research, work, or activity to be undertaken;
c. Collaborative organization (i.e., what will each potential Fellow's role be, and how will both work together jointly?);
d. Anticipated outcome, product, or event, including some activity or presentation to be held at 19 WSN in either the fellowship year (September 2021 - May 2022) or the following summer. How can the 19 WSN setting be used to showcase this work and engage a wider audience for it?
e. Optional: Beyond the 2,000-word limit, applicants may attach an appendix, bibliography, tables, or figures, if desired.
Important note: Applications must be written for a general, interdisciplinary audience of faculty; when field-specific technical terms or concepts are necessary, please take care to provide definitions or explanations.
2. Curricula vitae of both applicants, in a single document.
3. Budget outlining how the USD 10,000 funding award would be applied towards the proposed project. If the NYUAD faculty member does not plan to request a fellowship course release, please specify as well how the supplemental award up to USD 15,000 would be used.
4. Chair's and Program Head's consent: Each applicant should submit either a Chair Consent Form (for NY faculty) or a Program Head Consent Form (for faculty in Abu Dhabi), completed and signed by the relevant parties in order to indicate whether or not the department or program is willing to release the applicant from teaching one course that year if selected for the fellowship. The completed chair and program head consent forms should be shared with their respective deans when soliciting sign-offs on the dean's assent form.
5. Dean's assent: Each applicant should submit a Dean's Assent Form, obtaining their respective dean's signature.
6. Recommendation letter: The applicant team must request one confidential evaluation of the proposed project and the applicants' likelihood of successfully completing it. The recommender may be at NYU or another institution. To ensure the confidentiality of this evaluation, the letter must be uploaded directly by the recommender to Interfolio, using a link that the applicants will generate and email to the recommender while preparing the application.
7. Application forms: The individual completing the application will be requested to complete three brief forms. The first, the "Contact, Affiliation, and Project Information" form, provides 19 Washington Square North with basic information on both applicants to the Faculty Fellowship program.
The second, "Affiliation Information" form is required by the University. Whichever partner (i.e., AD- or NY-based) is completing it should generally answer the questions on the basis of their own information alone. However, when asked, "Is any member of your family or household an employee, trustee/director, or officer of NYU or any NYU affiliate, or are you in a relationship otherwise covered under the policy listed below?", details should be given in the space provided if the answer is affirmative for either the Abu Dhabi- or New York-based partner.
The third, "EEO-1 / Affirmative Action Voluntary Self Identification Form" should be completed with information pertinent to whichever applicant is filling it out.
Review Process and Selection Criteria
Applications will be assessed by an internal review committee that includes NYU faculty from Abu Dhabi and New York. Key criteria for the evaluation of proposals will include:
Anticipated project contributions
Clarity, comprehensiveness, and feasibility of the planned research, creative, or artistic endeavor
Synergy between collaborators in terms of their scholarly expertise and/or agenda
The potential of the proposed presentation, activity, or event to stimulate active interest, partnerships, and/or intellectual community at 19 WSN.
Although not a requirement, the program particularly welcomes proposals that are relevant to NYUAD's five areas of strategic research interest: Bio-Innovation and Health; Cities; Culture and Heritage; Environmental Sustainability; and Governance and Peace or to the NYU Provost's Cross-School Initiatives: Aging; Urban; Strategies to Reduce Inequality; and Entrepreneurship. The program also hopes to support new collaborations when possible and aims for a diverse cohort of Fellows representing different disciplines, divisions, schools, and colleges as well as faculty at all ranks.
The application period will close at 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, December 13, 2020. Applicants will be notified of their outcomes in January 2021.
For More Information
19 WSN Academic Director Ann Morning will lead two information sessions on the Faculty Fellowships over Zoom in order to address questions about the program. If you are interested, please sign up for a session. You can also request information by contacting Professor Morning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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