CUNY Humanities Alliance

Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Futures Initiative and HASTAC are deeply honored to be part of a visionary $3.1 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant dedicated to humanities education at the nation’s community colleges and introductory humanities education for the “new majority” of college students entering universities in the U.S. today.

Read the press release announcing the project.

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Louise Lennihan Arts and Sciences Grants

Thanks to a generous gift from Curtis Wong, recipient of an honorary degree from the Graduate Center in 2016, as well as a matching grant from Microsoft and anonymous donations from GC faculty members, this student grant program awards $500 micro-grants to Graduate Center students for research or travel related to scholarship at the intersections of humanities, arts, science, and technology. The competition honors Dr. Louise Lennihan for her extraordinary service on behalf of students and faculty at the Graduate Center. Learn more

Read about past award winners: 2016-2017 Grant Recipients; 2017-2018 Grant Recipients.

Paul C. Notari Research Grants in Environmental Studies

In 2021, the Futures Initiative announced the establishment of the Paul C. Notari Research Grants in Environmental Studies. These grants will be available to current PhD students at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Students who are working in any area relevant to scientific, social, cultural, legal, or policy issues in relation to environmental studies, climate change, renewable energy, pollution control, and allied areas are eligible to apply. Four research micro-grants of $500 will be offered in an annual competition. Learn more

Liberal Arts for the New Majority

Supported by the Teagle Foundation, 2016-2018

This multi-layered peer mentorship program, generously funded by the Teagle Foundation, reconnects liberal arts teaching and learning with the mission of public higher education and the needs of what has been called the “new majority” of undergraduate college students, while also supporting graduate students’ development as both teachers  and learners. Thank you also to CUNY Central office for generously funding the first round the Peer mentoring program.
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Read the project announcement.

Thank you to all of our grantors. Your past and ongoing support is key to the Futures Initiative’s success in innovating higher education.