Global Affairs

Global Research Incubator Award

"Bringing the World to Washington Square"

The Office of Global Affairs promotes the integration of a global perspective across the School's academic disciplines. Toward this end, we seek to support innovative, cross-disciplinary and inter-departmental speaker series, scholarly symposia, or other events taking place in New York that enrich the School's global engagement through presentations directed at the broad university community as well as the public beyond the university. We welcome proposals that connect the School to significant conversations occurring on- and off-campus and contribute to the internationalization of curricula and research and integration with NYU's global network.

Events may take the form most conducive to the topic at hand, including a series of speakers over the course of a semester, a one- or multiple-day symposium, artistic or performance-based presentations, a lunch series, or several events over the course of a week.You are also welcome to recast the format.

Examples of past events:

Multiple Steinhardt faculty should be actively involved in all events as co-presenters, moderators, discussants, or similar roles. Some component of a series or event should be free and open to the public, and visiting scholars or artists should be involved in some discussion with faculty on integrating global perspectives in curricular initiatives leading to new courses, programs, or other curricular impact.

Because we seek to promote cross-disciplinary examinations of topics in a global perspective, a proposal must be submitted by at least two full-time Steinhardt faculty members representing at least two different Steinhardt departments. Other faculty from around NYU may also be involved beyond the co-proposers. Where possible, proposers should involve students in their planning or solicit student input on the proposal. We strongly encourage organizers to obtain co-sponsorships with other NYU schools, departments, institutes and/or dean's offices.

Funding for this initiative is $50,000 total per academic year. Continuation of the program is contingent on program assessment and funds availability. A panel convened by the Office of Global Affairs will review proposals. The review panel may choose to allocate funds to one or multiple proposals up to the maximum of $25,000 available per semester.

Proposals should include:

Proposals should not exceed five pages.

The Office of Global Affairs will be the primary on-campus sponsor of the events and will provide administrative support for the series by offering assistance with budgeting and financial management. However, proposers must designate a project director (the lead proposal contact) and an administrative officer (for example, a department administrator) to manage funds and chart fields. Because of the time and effort involved in organizing these events, part of the award may be used for an hourly student employee for administrative support, e.g., sending invitations, scheduling speakers and venues, planning publicity, and other administrative needs.

Proposers may not receive a "director's fee" or other stipends/compensation as part of this award.

For questions on the proposal process to discuss preliminary proposal ideas, please contact Zack Klim, Director of Global Affairs, or Allison Keves, Events Manager.

Due Dates:

Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis. The review process will take 2-4 weeks. We recommend that proposers submit materials at least three months prior to the event.

Please provide five hard copies of all materials OR submit materials via email to

Example Budgets

Example budgets for common GIF formats are available here.

Conference/Series: Large-scale series over the course of the semester, four invited speakers with international travel, discussions with faculty.

One-Day Symposium: Two speakers, lecture or performance, classroom session with students, and faculty luncheon to discuss curricular initiatives.

Global Integration Fund Links