FAQ

If you have specific questions unaddressed below, please contact the Corridor’s Program Manager.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find the "Forms" page along the top menu bar. There, you will find online submission forms for submitting working group proposals, information sheets outlining your approved activity detail, and end-of-year reports or surveys. Corridor forms are web-based via the Qualtrics platform. These forms can be edited and shared with your fellow working group organizers and department administrators.

The CNY Humanities Corridor has general guidelines as to funding levels.

Typically, funding commitments for new working groups are in the $1,000 to $1,500 range. New working groups are encouraged to organize planning meetings and smaller-scale events in their first year of Corridor activities.

Continuing working groups with activities taking place at more than one CNY Humanities Corridor institution may apply for a higher level of funding, up to $5,000 for the academic year.

The recommended maximum single-event budget for a CNY Humanities Corridor activity is $2,500.

Working group organizers are ineligible to receive stipends for their working group work. Likewise, graduate assistantships are also not permitted. Please do not include stipends of any kind in your working group proposals.

Honoraria payments also cannot be made to individuals from Corridor-participating institutions. If, for example, your working group wants to bring in a speaker/musician from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) to Hamilton College, then you cannot include an honorarium payment in your Corridor budget; it will not be approved.

The Corridor has transitioned to an academic year schedule. We will send out an annual report at the end of each academic year to gather information on your working groups activities and outcomes over time.

The report will be available on our Forms page.

Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, and the schools of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium: Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University, and Union College. Le Moyne College and the Rochester Institute of Technology are also recent additions to the Corridor.

Corridor working groups must actively involve faculty or academic staff from at least two Corridor institutions, even if only one campus will host the group's activities.

All working groups must have at least one organizer who is affiliated with one of the three primary institutions: Syracuse, Cornell, or Rochester.

Any Corridor institution where activities will take place must be represented by a faculty/academic staff member from that institution who will be principally responsible for planning and organizing the event.

Groups of faculty or humanities-affiliated administrators at Corridor institutions may apply for Corridor funding to support working group activities.

Yes, working group organizers can be in multiple working groups as long as the working groups are substantively different in nature.

People new to the Corridor can get involved in a variety of ways, and some suggestions are included here. 1) Browse the existing working groups to see if there is an active group already in your research area; If so, contact one of the listed organizers. 2) Contact your own Humanities Center Director for suggestions as to potential collaborators. 3) Start your own working group: Identify one or more collaborators at another Corridor institution and submit a proposal during one of the two annual CFP periods (typically in March and October).

We request you contact the Program Manager via email to notify the Corridor that your colleague will be joining your working group as an organizer. Please cc the colleague who will be joining your working group on the message so we have their contact information.

If you have colleagues who wish to participate in your working group's activities but who will not organize events/activities and will not be responsible for any associated documentation or reporting, you do not need to officially add those individuals to your working group.

Unfortunately, no. Only faculty from the 11 member institutions of the Central New York Humanities Corridor may apply for Corridor funding, but you are still welcome to participate in working group activities.

Colleagues from non-Corridor institutions are welcome to participate in your working group's activities. But they are not eligible for Corridor travel reimbursement to attend events, and they cannot organize Corridor activities at their home institutions.

Yes. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are welcome to participate. But such individuals cannot be considered working group organizers, and they should not be principally responsible for planning and organizing your working group's activities. Only faculty and humanities-affiliated administrators may be designated as organizers for your working group.

Generally speaking, no. Corridor funding is committed to working groups for events/activities that are part of an ongoing, cross-institutional collaboration, rather than a one-time conference.

All publicity for CNY Humanities Corridor public events must be submitted to the Program Manager for approval prior to production. Please allow up to five business days for review of your publicity materials.

Please use only the official Central New York Humanities Corridor logo and acknowledgement language when creating publicity. You can also find the language in your commitment letter and on our Forms page.

To save this logo for use in approved publicity for Corridor events, on the image and select “Save As…”

CNY Humanities Corridor Logo

All products and publicity emanating from these funds should state the following:

(Co-)Sponsored by the Central New York Humanities Corridor, from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Funds awarded to working groups must be used to support the activities as describe in the approved proposal.

For example, if your approved proposal is for two activities, each with a budget of $2,500, and your total working group commitment is for $5,000, you are not permitted to re-allocate your commitment to support a single activity with a budget of $5,000.

In addition, working group funding must be used to host an activity on the specified campus in the award letter. Approved activities must also be held during the academic semester for which it was awarded; unused funds from one year do not rollover into the next year.

Expenditures that are not allowable include:

  • Summer salaries
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Course buyouts
  • Computer/equipment purchases
  • Honoraria to individuals from Corridor-participating institutions

Recipients of Corridor funding must also follow and adhere to their home institution's policies for allowable expenditures.

At least eight weeks prior to any public Corridor activity or two weeks prior to any other activity, please submit an info sheet for the event. Corridor staff will then review the activity information to ensure that it's in line with your approved proposal.

Info sheets are then shared with the host Corridor institution. The working group organizer at the host institution will need to work with their own institutional framework in order to coordinate expenses. Each Corridor institution has its own processes and policies. Any questions regarding this process should be directed to the Corridor Program Manager.

With respect to activity info sheets, our primary concerns are:

  1. the activity location;
  2. the event title, especially if it will be a pubic event; and
  3. a brief description of your plans.

Publicity deadlines may vary by host campus and may be earlier than the eight-week timeframe listed here, but a universal eight-week lead time is requested for public event information.

It is helpful to think of a Corridor funding award as a spending limit on a credit card, rather than as a bank balance. There isn’t a general Corridor account in your working group’s name for your award amount. Your award is the total up to which your working group can be reimbursed for your approved Corridor activities.

If your working group’s approved activity comes in under budget, there is no “leftover” money or “carryover”. Any portion of your award not used during the academic year in which it was designated is returned to the general fund for the next CFP period or reinvestment.

The Corridor will reimburse invoices up to your working group's total award. Invoices submitted in excess of your award for approved activities will not be paid. If your budget exceeds the Corridor's award, it is your responsibility to secure supplemental funding in advance of your activity.

The available balance of your working group award is your group's total award, minus any advance expenses that may have been filed earlier (e.g. an advance airfare purchase).

Please consult with your fellow working group organizers and/or your institution's department administrator (or whomever may be handling your expenses) to determine what's been submitted for your working group's activities.

There is funding available through the Intra-Corridor Travel Supplement. Guidelines as to who is eligible and how to seek reimbursement can be found on the Forms page of our website.