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Faculty Annual Review Process

Annual Merit Reviews

Please see the Annual Merit Increase Process and Criteria and Annual Merit Review Timeline for information on annual merit reviews.

Full-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund

The Steinhardt Full-Time Professional Development Fund seeks to enhance the school’s intellectual life by supporting faculty research, artistic work, and professional development. The Professional Development Fund supports faculty in situations when IDA funds or faculty budgets are insufficient to support faculty-led activities. While priority for this fund is given to junior faculty (both tenure-track and clinical), it is open to all full-time faculty who meet the criteria. Funds are limited and will be partially dependent upon the number of requests received and “fit” with this support mechanism (see priorities for review below).

We expect proposals to be reviewed two times during the academic year: with due dates for applications in mid-March. In order to maximize the use of the Professional Development Fund, those faculty members who receive awards in the fall will be asked in March to indicate whether or not they expect any monies to go unspent and to return those funds for re-allocation. It is expected that requests from this fund are for short-term undertakings.  As such, awarded funds must be spent before August 31st of the same academic year in which they were awarded. Note, NO funds will be “rolled over” into the following academic year. Additionally, applications/proposals are accepted throughout the year,  on a case by case basis, for last-minute/unpredictable requests.

To be considered for funding, faculty should submit a proposal that indicates the nature of the project and addresses the criteria below. They should indicate whether or not they have been recent recipients of other NYU or Steinhardt research support in the previous two years.  Note that no faculty member may receive more than $3,000 in support from the Professional Development Form in any two-year period. If, for example, $2,000 were awarded and spent in the prior year, the faculty member may receive no more than $1,000 in the current year. Faculty who receive support from the Professional Development Fund should provide a brief report on the outcome of the activities via e-mail to after completing their activity.

Below, please find the criteria for selection for these funds.  To apply, please submit a request using the link at the bottom of this page. A brief budget should also be included. If funds are intended to support student assistance, be sure to include the number of hours, hourly wage, and total payment including fringe.  If funds are intended for travel, be sure to provide a breakdown of expenses for conference fees, transportation, hotel, food etc.

All requests will be reviewed and jointly approved by the Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs and the the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity.

These funds are competitive. Applications will be given priority in the review process if they:

  1. support the faculty member in achieving tenure and/or promotion;

  2. involve dissemination of creative work or scholarship (e.g., conference travel, cd production, book/report publishing, etc.);

  3. are aligned with school priorities in terms of building interconnection across disciplines or departments, having a global reach, or supporting technological innovation; and/or

  4. are difficult to fund through traditional means (i.e., external and internal grants and awards). In short, these awards should fill a gap in current funding opportunities.

Submit a request for professional development funds