Grant Opportunities

The Department of Performance Studies and NYU offer a variety of grant opportunities to support student work and research. Learn more about the resources available to current Performance Studies students below.


Hear Us Awards

The HEAR US (Helping Elevate and Recapitalize Underrepresented Stories) awards are designed to celebrate and advance student projects that center BIPOC voices and stories. HEAR US will expand on the commitments Tisch has made against racial inequality by funding students who are committed to combating systematic marginalization in the creation and leadership of artistic and scholarly works.

Because the HEAR US awards are designed to catalyze a long-term cultural shift, we want to support projects at all phases of completion with tiered levels of funding ($1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 grants), and provide one-on-one mentorship for any proposal advancing through the first of two rounds of review. Mentors will help project leads navigate the presentation process, explore issues of representation, and amplify their voices through counsel and community.


All current Tisch graduate and undergraduate students who are making creative and/or scholarly works centering Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) voices and narratives are encouraged to apply.

Successful proposals will:

  • Foreground BIPOC voices and/or BIPOC narratives through creative and/or scholarly works that center BIPOC voices, work, or stories. For example: scripts, scores, songs, chapters, films, dances, photography, games, research, scholarship, installations, performances are all eligible.
  • Demonstrate capacity to complete the proposed activity within the grant period.
  • Be submitted via Google Form by February 1, 2021 (although project leads are invited to submit questions from now through January 27th.)

Google Form will require:

  • A description of how funding will be used.
  • A short work sample suitable for a 2-3 minute panelist review (ex: 1-2 pages of written work, 3-5 slides of still imagery, or up to 2 minutes of video, audio or other digital material, etc.). For Mid-phase and Completion Grants, work samples should be from proposed project.
  • Questions based on funding request:
    • Seed Grants (Up to $1,000)
      • A description of the completed project as envisioned by the project lead.
    • Mid-Phase Grants (Up to $5,000)
      • A description of the process leading to the proposal and the completed project as envisioned by the project lead/creative team.
      • Short bios of the project lead/creative team.
    • Completion Grants (Up to $10,000)
      • A description of the process leading to the proposal and the completed project as envisioned by the project lead/creative team.
      • Short bios of the project lead/creative team.

Please Note: HEAR US awards consists of a multi-step review process.

  • First-round proposals will be reviewed by a panel of working artists and scholars whose works demonstrate inclusionary practices on or around February 4th. The second-round review will consist of a virtual presentation to the panel on or around February 17th.
  • Advancing project leads will be assigned a mentor prior to presenting their proposal and are expected to meet virtually with their assigned mentor prior to the presentation date.
  • Pitches/presentations should be no more than ten minutes.
  • Presentations may be followed by up to ten minutes of panelist questions.
  • For more information

Stefanos Tsigrimanis Memorial Grant

Applications are due April 15, 2021.

*Ph.D. Students Only*

Applications are due April 15, 2021.

The core mission of the Stefanos Tsigrimanis Memorial Grant is to recognize and award outstanding Ph.D. artist-scholars at the Department of Performance Studies and aid in the development of their work.  The grant will provide a $1,000.00 award to one doctoral student in the department for an existing or future artistic project.

Applications are available here.

Department of Performance Studies Travel Reimbursement Award

Rolling Deadline

*M.A. & Ph.D. Students Only*


  • Amount:  $300 maximum reimbursement award (original receipts must be provided)
  • For academic conferences attended between October 1, 2022 and July 1, 2023.
  • Students must be accepted and presenting their work at an academic conference to qualify. These grants will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis and once the funds have all been used it will be closed.  If awarded, expenses must be submitted at least two weeks prior to attending the conference.  
  • Departmental grants are limited to 1 per academic year, per student. 

All travel applications require that the student is in good academic standing. See futher rules and regulations for this grant opportunity on the application form linked above. 

Humanities Doctoral Student Fellowship

*Ph.D. Students Only*

Each year, fellowships are awarded to three advanced doctoral students in the humanities whose dissertation research shows particular promise. Disciplines include, but are not limited to, history, art history, music, philosophy, cultural studies, literary and language studies, religious studies, drama and performance studies, cinema studies, and gender studies.

Doctoral Student Fellows of the Center participate with the Faculty Fellows in the Center’s weekly luncheon seminars as well as in other events during the year. Doctoral Student Fellows are also provided with shared office space at 20 Cooper Square for the duration of the fellowships. The aim of the residency is to allow students to finish their dissertations during the fellowship year.

Fellows are expected to be in residence in New York within the University community for the entire year of their residency. The weekly luncheon seminar is mandatory for all doctoral student participants.

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GSAS Fellowships & Awards

*M.A. & Ph.D. Students Only*

The Graduate School offers a variety of support services for current graduate students seeking funding for short-term and long-term fellowship opportunities. These services include individualized fellowship advising, information sessions, grant writing workshops, and general application support. 

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Tisch Initiative for Creative Research

*Open to all Students*

Launched in September 2014 by Dean Allyson Green as a pilot effort to identify and establish a set of best practices, the Tisch Initiative for Creative Research serves as a research nexus, supporting and highlighting inter-disiciplinary and collaborative research led by Tisch faculty and students.

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Guide to Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants for Students in the Arts

*Open to all Students*

This guide is intended for students in the performing, cinematic and related arts who are currently pursuing degrees at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The guide includes U.S. government, international, corporate, and private funding agencies that support graduate and undergraduate study and research. Information is included for both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. 

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