The CFP deadline has now passed. The spring CFP period will open in February with a March 29, 2021 deadline.

CFP for Spring 2021 and 2021-22 funding.
Apply at; proposals due 10/19/2020

Who Can Apply? We welcome proposals by new and existing Working Groups from faculty and academic staff at Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University, Union College, Le Moyne College, and Rochester Institute of Technology.

A Working Group is formed by individuals from Corridor-affiliated institutions in different locales/cities who come together to organize collaborative activities centered on a key theme, concern, or issue in the humanities. Groups apply for Corridor funding to support their academic year activities. Many groups are open to new members, but proposals for new working groups are always welcome.

Working Group Activities take many forms, and the possibilities are endless—from a deep dive into a discipline to broad interdisciplinary queries, from convening to form writing groups, develop manuscripts or explore humanities methods, to advancing community engagement and taking up key social issues. Visit our website to see models of working group activities (including examples of digital collaborations) and also current Corridor activities.

Proposal Categories

  1. New Working Group: Funding for new groups is up to $1500. Once your group is established, you may submit proposals as a Continuing Working Group in categories 2 and 3, below.
  2. Continuing Working Group: Ongoing groups with activities occurring in more than one Corridor location over time may apply for up to $5000 per academic year (up to $2500 per activity).
  3. Signature Event: Established groups may propose a high-impact event (e.g., conference, exhibit, performance) needing more funding ($10,000 cap, availability varies annually). Signature Events require a public component and substantive involvement from 3 or more Corridor institutions.

Deadlines: We have two annual deadlines (Fall and Spring) to submit proposals.

  • October 19, 2020 is the current proposal deadline for activities in Spring 2021 and/or 2021-22.
  • March 29, 2021 will be the Spring deadline to propose activities during academic year 2021-22.

How do I form a Working Group—and how do Working Groups “work”?

  • Each group needs Organizers who are faculty/academic staff from Corridor institutions. At least one Organizer in every Group must be from Cornell, Syracuse Univ., or Univ. of Rochester. Organizers form groups and coordinate WG activities. You can belong to (or organize) more than one group.
  • Each WG activity needs an Organizer who is from the “host campus” for that activity.
  • All groups and activities involve members from Corridor institutions in 2 or more locales/cities.
  • Each group selects an interdisciplinary Research Cluster: Archives & Media (AM); Digital Humanities (DH); Historical Studies (HS); Humanities Futures (HF); Inequality & Social Difference (ISD); Linguistics (LIN); Literature, Language & Culture (LLC); Musicology / Performance Studies (MP); Philosophy/Critical Theory (PCT); Visual Arts & Culture (VAC).

Questions?  If you have questions about crafting proposals, creating new Working Groups, selecting Research Clusters, or to learn how your ideas could fit Corridor frameworks, contact the CNY Humanities Corridor Program Manager, Aimee Germain: 315.443.8685;

Tips for a Successful Proposal
For instructions on completing your activity budget, please review our tips for a successful proposal in the age of COVID.