Travel & Research Funding

ISAW students are eligible to apply for funding for academic travel and research from a variety of sources, including internal ISAW fellowships and university-wide fellowships at NYU.

ISAW Travel, Research, and Professional Development Funding

Students may apply for funds for travel, research, and professional development activities that will aid them in their program of study. Applications must be submitted at least one month before travel, but earlier application is advised. The faculty considers these requests at faculty meetings and does not consider applications outside of their normal meetings. Applications for summer funding, including conference travel, must be submitted by March 1st each year.

For students in Years 1-3, ISAW is able to make travel, research, and professional development awards totaling $1,500 per student per academic year (September 1st through August 31st). This total can be spread out over multiple funding requests (for multiple projects). For students beyond Year 3, ISAW is able to allocate, on average, up to $2,000 in awards per student per academic year.

Please see the form for further details.

Note: All students applying for travel, research, and professional development funding must demonstrate that they have also applied for any applicable outside funding to support their travel. Please consult GSAS’s listing of internal and external fellowships for possible funding opportunities, and please bring any questions or concerns to the .

The Judith A. Lerner, Ph.D. Summer Travel Fund

One award of $5,000 is available annually to provide support to a doctoral student in the pre-dissertation stage of the program to travel outside North America during the summer to study collections pertaining to the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East (with an emphasis on pre-Islamic Iran, time and political circumstances permitting) and, if possible, to visit pertinent archaeological and historical sites.

The application deadline each year is March 1st. Proposals should be approximately two pages and should include a provisional travel itinerary and budget with a list of museums, sites, and/or research collections that the student would like to visit. In addition, the proposal should describe the academic purpose of the trip and the expected impact this trip would have on the student's development as a scholar. Students are encouraged to discuss their proposal with the Associate Director for Academic Affairs before finalizing and submitting it.

NYU Global Research Initiatives Fellowships

As part of a provostial initiative at NYU, students may apply for Global Research Initiatives (GRI) fellowships to spend up to 90 days at one of NYU's Research Institutes in Athens, Berlin, Florence, London, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, Washington, D.C., or on the campus of Tel Aviv University. In addition, students are also able to apply for the GRI Summer Dissertation Writing Program, which provides funding to support six weeks of intensive dissertation writing at an NYU Research Institute location. Per-diem awards that are offered as part of these fellowships are not considered to be a form of "stipend" and do not affect students' funding packages from ISAW.

NYU GSAS Travel and Research Fellowships

NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science has a broad range of fellowship opportunities for student travel and research, including the Dean's Conference Fund, GSAS Summer Fellowships, and the Polonsky Foundation-NYU Digital Humanities Internship Program.

NYU Antonina S. Ranieri International Scholars Fund

NYU's Center for Ancient Studies offers grants for summer or semester study through its endowed Antonina S. Ranieri International Scholars Fund. These grants are intended to support academic travel abroad by Arts and Science undergraduate or graduate students who are studying any aspect of the ancient world.