The Program

New York University (NYU) is dedicated to ensuring that its scholarly community is ready to compete in a global world and is enriched by individuals, who, through their different races and ethnicities, gender identities, age, abilities, political beliefs, economic status, and sexual orientation, contribute to an intellectually challenging and inclusive educational environment. To that end, NYU has created the NYU Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity fellowship program to support promising scholars and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse groups whose life experience, research experience, and employment background will contribute significantly to academic excellence at NYU.


The fellowship program is open to all areas of study at the University. U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are from the following three categories may apply:

  1. Graduate students in the final year of their dissertation
  2. Postdoctoral students who have completed their dissertation within the last three years
  3. Professionals transitioning to academic careers (for those in fields for which the doctorate is not the terminal degree) 


NYU will award up to five in-residence fellowships in 2010. The two-year appointments, which begin September 2010 and end August 2012, have a possibility of a third-year extension. Graduate students in the final year of their dissertation must make significant progress toward the dissertation. Fellows teach a maximum of one course per semester. 

Stipends and Allowances

Fellows receive an annual stipend of $40,000 as well as allowances for housing ($20,000), research ($2,000), and one-time relocation ($3,000). The University also provides a medical and dental benefits package. 

Application Procedure

Required application materials include (1) a fellowship application; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research and goals; (4) a personal statement detailing the reasons for applying for the fellowship; (5) three letters of reference from individuals familiar with your scholarly or creative work; (6) an official school transcript from the current or last institution attended; and (7) one of the following: a dissertation abstract (postdoctoral applicants), a dissertation proposal (doctoral students), or a statement of how your professional experience prepares you for a faculty position (professionals). Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. 

All materials must be received by NOVEMBER 30, 2009.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

Awards will be announced on FEBRUARY 15, 2010.

The fellowship application and instructions for submission are available

New York University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.