HEAR US Awards 2023

The application portal will open after the first required Information Session in early November.

A tentative timeline for HEAR US 2023 can be found below, in addition to last year's Request for Proposals.

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HEAR US Awards


Dates are subject to change. Please check back after 10/27 for updates. Questions? Email us at tisch.HEARUS@nyu.edu.

October 18, 2022 HEAR US 2022 Mini-Fest (Tisch Community Week)
October 27, 2022 2023 Request for Proposals (RFP) announced
November 9, 2022 Information Session #1
November 10, 2022 Application Portal Opens
November 21, 2022 Information Session #2
December 5, 2022 Round #1 applications due at 11:59pm
December 12, 2022 - January 20, 2023 Round #1 Panel Reviews
January 27, 2023 First round notifications sent
January 30 - Februrary 17, 2023 Presentation Mentorship Period
February 21 - 27, 2023 Round #2 (Presentation) Panel Reviews
March 8, 2023 Final notifications sent
March 28, 2023 HEAR US 2023 Cohort Orientation
April 1 - October 1, 2023 Cohort and Project Mentorship Period
October 3, 2023 2023 Mini-Fest materials due
October 10, 2023 Grant reporting due
October 18, 2023 HEAR US 2023 Mini-Fest (Tisch Community Week)


2022 Request for Proposals

HEAR US (Honoring, Elevating, and Recapitalizing Underrepresented Stories) is a program that celebrates and advances student projects that center marginalized voices and stories. In academic year 2021-22, HEAR US will again expand on the commitments Tisch made against racial inequality by funding students who are dedicated to combating systematic marginalization in the creation and leadership of artistic and scholarly works.

The HEAR US awards are designed to catalyze a long-term cultural shift by supporting projects at all phases of completion (with grants from $100 - $10,000) and providing one-on-one mentorship for any proposal advancing through the first of two rounds of review. Mentors will help project leads finalize their budgets, 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) are encouraged to apply. 

Project leads must attend an interactive information session prior to submitting their proposal and may only submit one project proposal per award round. If you are unable to attend either of the scheduled information sessions please email us at tisch.HEARUS@nyu.edu.

Note: If you were not able to make it to an info session, please email tisch.HEARUS@nyu.edu for a link to the recording.

Successful proposals will:
  • Foreground BIPOC voices and/or BIPOC narratives through creative and/or scholarly works that center BIPOC experiences. For example: scores, scripts, scholarship, songs, chapters, films, dances, photographs, games, research, installations, exhibits, performances are all eligible.
  • Offer an expansive view of BIPOC representation, challenging stereotypes and familiar tropes. (Panelists will be required to consider equally proposals reflecting the breadth of human experience.)
  • Provide a plan for completion of the proposed activity* within the grant period, and detail how the proposed activity will advance the project's trajectory. (*Note: Your project, in its full expression, may exceed the capacity of HEAR US funding and/or the grant period – in which case, “proposed activity” refers to the work you’ll be doing with HEAR US funding during the grant period Jan - Aug ’22.)  
  • Be submitted via Google Form by Monday, September 27th at 11:59 pm (anywhere in the world!)*

*Note: We have previously published a deadline of 11:59 pm ET, but we will now be accepting applications by midnight, no matter the time zone.

Google Form will require:
  • A brief description of your project.
  • A description of how funding will be used.
  • Answers to multiple choice questions meant to assess your project’s current phase of development. (Based on your answers, your project will be eligible for either a Concept Grant or Completion Grant. Grant tiers ensure that projects in similar phases of development are judged fairly against one another. Grant tiers do not determine grant amounts.) 
  • Questions based on grant tier:
    • Concept Grants (elevate projects in their initial to mid phases of development)
      • A clear description of the project and its possible trajectory as envisioned by the project lead. 
      • Short bio of the project lead (and creative team if applicable).
    • Completion Grants (amplify projects in their mid to final phases of development)
      • Details about your progress to date and previously secured project resources.
      • A description of the completed project as envisioned by the project lead/creative team and who/what is needed to realize that vision.
      • Short bios of the project lead/creative team.
  • 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 Completion Grants, work samples should be from the proposed project.


Please Note: HEAR US awards consist of a multi-step review process.
  • First-round proposals will be reviewed between October 4th - 15th by a panel of artists and scholars whose works demonstrate inclusionary practices.
  • The second-round review will consist of a presentation to the panel between November 11th - 19th.
  • 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.
  • Grants from $100 - $10,000 will be awarded based on project budgets submitted by advancing project leads in consultation with their mentors.
  • Pitches/presentations should be no more than three minutes.
  • Presentations may be followed by up to three minutes of panelist questions.

Questions? Email us at tisch.HEARUS@nyu.edu

Learn more about our latest HEAR US cohort here.