Due Dates and Submission Procedures

Please submit proposals no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 20, 2017, to The NYU Steinhardt Office of Research by emailing steinhardt.research@nyu.edu. In effort to reduce our environmental impact, the Office of Research Requests that Final Proposals be submitted electronically as one PDF file. The file name must include the award mechanism title (DR, PDK, MRCP, URCP) followed by the applicant's investigators last name. If you have any problems converting your proposal into a single file with all the required parts please contact the Office of Research for assistance.

Students must obtain the approval of her/his mentor and chair before final submission and, if funded, is responsible for obtaining any other necessary clearances before the project can begin (i.e. insurance, human subjects).

Please use the appropriate Proposal Application Face Page for your submission:

Phi Delta Kappa Doctoral Dissertation Award

Doctoral Research Grant

Undergraduate/Masters Research or Creative Project

Information Sessions

There will be two information sessions held where any questions that you may have about the application procedure can be addressed. All award mechanisms will be covered at the following information sessions in the Payne Room (Pless Hall, 4th Floor):

Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 11am to 12pm

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm


Please list necessary costs in a one-page line item budget. Costs may include such items as travel necessary to the project, fieldwork expenses, software, supplies, research subject payments, etc. Please refer to specific mechanism RFP for funding restrictions. Include a budget justification explaining the purpose of each line item. Budgets are not required for the Phi Delta Kappa Dissertation Award.

If needed, please contact steinhardt.research@nyu.edu for assistance in preparing these materials.

Letters of Support

Required letters os support from Chairs/Mentors can either be submitted as part of the full application packet or sent directly to the Office of Research to be appended to the application. If letters are sent directly to the Office of Research please be sure to indicate who the letter is for and what award they are applying for. 

Human Subjects

We expect many proposals will include the participation of human subjects. Investigators should note that the New York University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects must review and approve all funded proposals. Investigators are strongly encouraged to apply for human subjects approval shortly after the application is submitted. Please note that if there are human subjects included in the proposal, we cannot award funding until NYU has granted human subjects approval. The Office of Research must receive a copy of the UCAIHS approval before we will release funds.

More Information about Human Subjects.

Review Procedures

The NYU Steinhardt Challenge Review Committee, composed of a cross-section of faculty, will consider and review all proposals. The Committee members will undertake comprehensive evaluations of all proposals, identifying those they believe to be most meritorious using standard review processes. The committee will transmit information about the proposals to the Office of Research. The Office of Research will make final determination of awards based on merit and availability of funds. We will notify all applicants of decisions and review comments by the end of May. For the Phi Delta Kappa Dissertation Award the review will identify the top three candidates who will then be forwarded on to the Phi Delta Kappa Board of Directors for final selection. 


We will offer awards of one year’s duration in time to start on September 1, 2016. It is our expectation that projects will be completed by August 31, 2017. Phi Delta Kappa Dissertation Awards are paid directly from PDK on a different payment schedule. 


If awarded, all investigators must provide a one-page mid-year progress report to the Steinhardt Office of Research no later than January 15th and a final progress report no later than July 1st. Additionally, we ask recipients of Challenge Awards to present findings at a Steinhardt research forum.

Please contact the Office of Research with any questions you have regarding the Student Challenge Grants Program.

Phone: (212)-992-9383

Email: steinhardt.research@nyu.edu