Call for Proposals


Fall 2021 CFP deadline is October 18, 2021.

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Download a printable Call for Proposals for Fall 2021. Review carefully before submitting!

Who Can Apply? We welcome proposals by new and existing Working Groups comprised of 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 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. Learn more about models of collaboration (including examples of digital collaborations) and browse 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 18, 2021 is the current proposal deadline for activities during Spring 2022 or academic year 2022-23.
  • March 28, 2022 will be the Fall deadline to propose activities for academic year 2022-23.

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, Semiotics, and the Study of Language (LIN); Literature, Language & Culture (LLC); Musicology / Performance Studies (MP); Philosophy/Critical Theory (PCT); Visual Arts & Culture (VAC).

Details matter! Before you submit, read our Tips for a Successful Proposal.

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.

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