Graduate Fund 2019


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Update for recent grantees regarding payment procedures.

WHAT: Support for graduate student research activity
WHEN: January 1 – August 31, 2019
WHO is Eligible: All current Tisch graduate students

Application due Monday, November 26th (11:59pm)
Tisch Initiative for Creative Research (TCR) will award competitive funding for graduate student-led, creative research projects involving two or more disciplines and taking place between January 1 - August 31, 2019. (Not sure whether your project qualifies as “creative research?” Check out our website to learn more about what we do!)

A total amount of $8,500 will be available for projects, and applicants are invited to request between $1,000 and $3,500. Eligible expenditures include travel, space rental, supplies and equipment, fees, tickets, event registration, and hospitality, as well as other expenses not listed here. Please note that cameras and electronic equipment of any kind will not be considered in this round.

Organizing funded activities will primarily be the responsibility of the applicant. Staff will provide necessary administrative support for payment processing and arranging participant travel. If you have questions or concerns about logistics of your project, please contact us before submitting an application.

The new Graduate Student Fund does not currently have the capacity to offer “completion” grants for projects needing funding for final stage editing or production. Funds available through the new Graduate Student Fund have been earmarked for research-related activities. Not sure if your project fits? Give us a call and let’s talk about it!

Successful proposals

The review panel will be drawn from Tisch alumni who are past recipients of support from TCR and will consider the following when reviewing applications:

  • Does the proposal demonstrate understanding of the opportunity and how it might serve the applicant’s research needs at this time? Is there strong evidence of interdisciplinarity?

  • Does the proposal adequately describe the research activity? Is the budget sufficient to support proposed activity? If the project does not receive full funding from TCR, how will it be completed?

  • Is there a documentation/dissemination strategy, and is it clear and realistic in terms of available resources and applicant capacity?


At the conclusion of their research activity, successful applicants will be asked to do two things: first, share findings from their research with the Tisch community with the aim of, as President Andy Hamilton recently said, creating (and sharing) new knowledge that others may build upon. Second, successful applicants will be asked to participate in an informal evaluation of their experience. They will be asked to reflect on how funding impacted the trajectory of their research, and to make suggestions for improving the funding opportunity. Feedback from this first round of grants will deeply inform whether and how we proceed in the future. Successful applicants may also be asked to serve as future panelists or roundtable participants in conversations (hosted by TCR) about graduate student and alumni research opportunities at Tisch.



To apply for support from the Graduate Student Fund, please submit a written proposal in response to the following questions by 11:59pm on Monday, November 26th (extended deadline) to Please use the following subject line in your cover email: Graduate Fund Application 2018.

Submissions should be PDF documents that re-state and respond to the following questions. Please do not exceed word limits and label each page with your name and page number. Proposals will be reviewed by an alumni panel drawn from past recipients of TCR support. Successful applicants will be notified by email no later than December 21st.

1. Please describe your research interest. What are the key questions driving your current inquiry and how will your proposed activity help you advance those investigations? (200 words)

2. Please describe in detail the activity you are proposing. Who will participate in your project and where will it take place? Describe any formal/informal outcomes you anticipate. Please include a budget using the attached template, and be sure to describe how you will proceed with your research activity if you do not receive full funding from TCR. (250 words)

3. Please describe the ways you will disseminate findings from your research. Specifically (100 words):

a. How will the content/findings of your activity be documented?

b. How will you make this material accessible to the Tisch community?


Questions about your application can be directed to Please use the following subject line in your email: Graduate Fund Question 2018.