HEAR US Awards 2022


HEAR US Awards

HEAR US Awards

HEAR US (Helping Elevate and Recapitalize 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.


September 7, 2021 Request for Proposals announced
September 14, 2021 Interactive Information Session #1
September 20, 2021 Interactive Information Session #2
September 27, 2021 Round #1 applications due at 11:59 pm
October 19, 2021 HEAR US Mini-Fest 2021
October 25 - 29, 2021 Round #1 Panel Reviews
November 8 - 10, 2021 First round notifications sent
November 10 - 24, 2021 Round #2 Mentorship Period
November 30 - December 10, 2021 Round #2 (Presentation) Panel Reviews
December 15 - 20, 2021 Final notifications sent
January 2022 Project mentorship and cohort activities begin
August 2022 Project mentorship ends
October 2022 Cohort activities end / HEAR US Mini-Fest 2022

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

Learn more about our latest HEAR US cohort here.