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The IHDSC working group program gathers diverse faculty and researchers to achieve intellectual and practical goals aligned with our mission. Working groups are faculty-initiated, include scholars from multiple disciplines, and involve collaboration toward a specific goal. Successful applicants are provided resources to support agreed-upon activities over a 1-year period.

Proposed working groups must establish a defined product or goal before any funding will be provided. Specific products or goals can be decided upon after initial planning meetings are held with IHDSC staff. Examples of goals and products include:

  • Submitting grant proposals
  • Publishing a special journal issue
  • Writing blog posts for On the Ground
  • Organizing a policy convening 

We prioritize proposals that feature two or more of the following components:

  • Groups led or co-led by early-career investigators 
  • Contributions to IHDSC initiatives, such as On the Ground or IHDSC-sponsored events
  • New interdisciplinary teams
  • Partnerships with community based organizations, non-profit organizations, NGOs, government agencies, or external groups focused on policy or practice
  • Faculty or investigators who are new to IHDSC and/or NYU

All proposed working groups should fit within at least one of IHDSC's focus areas, and also meet the requirements listed below:

  • Proposals must be interdisciplinary, and include faculty or researchers with expertise in theoretical and analytical approaches from multiple disciplines. 
  • At least one group member must be an NYU faculty member with an appointment in one of IHDSC's core participating schools: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development; Arts & Science; Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service
  • Working groups must establish a defined product or goal before any funding will be provided. Specific products or goals can be decided upon after initial meetings are held with IHDSC. Examples of products or goals include a grant proposal, policy convening, edited volume or special journal issue, series of blog posts, a video about policy or practice relevant research, a podcast episode, a small conference, or other events.

Process & Next Steps

Faculty members interested in receiving working group support are encouraged to submit an initial application using the link below. IHDSC staff will review your application and contact you to schedule a meeting. The meeting will serve as an opportunity for IHDSC to provide feedback on your idea, connect you with potential working group members from other departments or disciplines, discuss potential products or goals, and identify any resources that the working group might require (staff support, space, funds). In most cases, applicants will be required to submit a revised application before a final determination can be made regarding support.

If you have questions about the working group program, please contact Chris Barker at

Submit a Working Group Proposal

As long as the above requirements are met, groups can include members from the wider IHDSC or NYU community, including faculty, research staff, or graduate students. Groups should be small enough to be productive, large enough to need support, and diverse enough to break new ground.

Submit Application

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