Call for Proposals


Spring Call for Proposals Deadline is March 28, 2022.

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View the CFP Info Session Recording.

Download a printable Call for Proposals.

Download a printable list of Application Questions for new Working Groups.

Download a printable list of Application Questions for Continuing Working Groups- Activities Only.

Download a printable list of Application Questions for Continuing Working Groups- Signature Event.


Who Can Apply? We welcome proposals by new and existing Working Groups led by 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 the Rochester Institute of Technology.

A Working Group is formed by individuals from two or more Corridor-affiliated institutions in different locales to organize activities centered on a theme, concern, or issue in the humanities. Groups apply for funding to support their academic year collaborations. Many Groups are open to new members. Proposals for new Working Groups are always welcome.

Working Group Activities take many forms... from deep dives into a discipline to broad interdisciplinary queries; from convening (online or in person) to form writing groups, develop manuscripts, or explore humanities methods to host large-scale public symposia to advance community engagement or take up key social issues. Browse our models of collaboration (including remote format options) and our Calendar to learn what's possible.


Proposal Categories + NEW Funding Levels*

  1. New Working Group: Award funding is up to $2,000. Once established, Working Groups may submit proposals as a Continuing Working Group in categories 2 and 3, below.
  2. Continuing Working Group: Ongoing Working Groups with activities occurring in more than one Corridor location over time may apply for up to $6,000 per academic year (up to $3,000 per award).
  3. Signature Event: In addition to regular Working Group activity proposals (category 2), established Working Groups may propose a high-impact, public Signature Event with substantive involvement from three or more Corridor institutions (e.g., conference, exhibit, performance, etc.): awards are up to $10,000.

*Additional funds to support accessibility are available beyond these award levels, in any category.


How Do Working Groups "Work?" What's Required?

  • Organizers- Each Working Group needs faculty/staff Organizers from two or more Corridor institutions:
    • At least one must be from Cornell University, Syracuse University, or the University of Rochester.
    • Organizers cannot all be in one Corridor locale-- All Syracuse (Le Moyne College/Syracuse University); all Rochester (Rochester Institute of Technology/University of Rochester).
    • Graduate students cannot be Organizers but may participate in Working Group activities.  
  • Proposing and Hosting Activities- Organizers collaborate to propose, plan, and host activities. Note: every activity needs a host campus and a designated Organizer from that host campus (even if remote format). Your Working Group funding is tied to the host campus specified from each awarded activity.
  • Each New Group selects a Research Cluster for their work: Archives & Media (AM); Digital Humanities (DH); Historical Studies (HS); Humanities Futures (HF); Inequality & Social Difference (ISD); Linguistics, Semiotics, and the Study of Language (LIN); Literature, Language & Culture (LLC); Musicology / Performance Studies (MP); Philosophy/Critical Theory (PCT); and Visual Arts & Culture (VAC).

Want to Apply?

We have two annual CFP cycles (mid-Fall and mid-Spring) to submit proposals.

  • March 28, 2022 is the Spring deadline to propose activities for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 activities.
  • Details matter! Before you submit, read our Tips for a Successful Proposal.
  • NEW: The Corridor hosted a CFP Info Session on March 4, 2022. Missed the CFP Info Session or need to reference something? View the recording here.
  • Application Form.

Have 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 Corridor’s administrative home at Syracuse University at CNYHumanities@syr.edu.