19 Washington Square North Faculty Fellow AY 2024-25

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
03 Oct 2023
End of advertisement period
05 Jan 2024
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The 19 Washington Square North (WSN) Faculty Fellows program is pleased to announce the call for AY 2024-25 Fellowships, made possible by the generous support of the NYU Office of the Provost and the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute. The Fellows program aims to foster and strengthen connections between NYU faculty in Abu Dhabi and New York as well as to enhance academic activity at 19 Washington Square North, the home of NYUAD in New York. Accordingly, applications will be welcomed in Fall 2023 from teams that pair one full-time NYU faculty member in New York with one full-time member of the NYU Abu Dhabi standing faculty. Applicants are asked to propose a plan of joint research or artistic creation for AY 2024-25 that results in an original scholarly, creative, or artistic product or event presented at 19 WSN either during the fellowship period or the following summer. Examples might include a symposium, panel, exhibit, film, or performance; previous and current Fellows' proposals are shown here.

Successful teams will be granted a USD 30,000 project budget as well as office space at 19 WSN. Office space at 19 WSN can be provided as needed, and the NY-based fellows will be expected to actively participate in the scholarly life of 19 WSN.

In addition to organizing an event to be held at 19 WSN, Faculty Fellows will be expected to contribute to scholarly life there to the extent possible. New York-based Fellows, as well as Abu Dhabi-based Fellows when visiting New York, will be expected to work from their 19 WSN office whenever possible, attend events of interest (such as programs organized there by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute), and participate in occasional gatherings to discuss their work in progress. Videoconference calls each semester will give all the Fellows the opportunity to discuss project developments and thus learn from, support, and brainstorm with their peers in diverse disciplines. Finally, Fellows will submit a brief narrative report of their fellowship activities at the end of the term.

For more information, please visit 19 Washington Square North Faculty Fellowships. For questions, please contact Prof. Michael Purugganan, Academic Director, 19 Washington Square North, at

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Eligible applicant teams must include one member of each of the following:

  1. Full-time faculty at any of NYU’s schools or colleges in New York (for example, Arts and Science, Tandon School of Engineering, Stern School of Business, Institute of Fine Arts, etc.) at the time of application.
  2. Full-time standing faculty at NYU Abu Dhabi in any division or program at the time of application. Please note this does not include NYUAD affiliated or visiting faculty.

Application Instructions

Only one member of the applicant pair should initiate the submission and upload the requested materials, to avoid confusion or duplicate submissions; this may be either the Abu Dhabi- or the New York-based applicant. There will be an opportunity to provide the names and relevant information for both team members.

The application requires the following components:

1. Project statement of 2,000 words or less, describing the project’s:

  • a. Objective(s) and significance, contribution, or rationale;
  • b. Research, work, or activity to be undertaken;
  • c. Collaborative organization (i.e., what will each potential Fellow’s role be, and how will both work together jointly?);
  • d. Anticipated outcome, product, or event, including some activity or presentation to be held at 19 WSN during the fellowship year (September 2024 - August 2025). How can the 19 WSN setting be used to showcase this work and engage a wider audience for it?
  • e. Optional: Beyond the 2,000-word limit, applicants may attach an appendix, bibliography, tables, or figures, if desired.

Important note: Applications must be written for a general, interdisciplinary audience of faculty; when field-specific technical terms or concepts are necessary, please take care to provide definitions or explanations.

2. Currcula vitae of both applicants, in a single document.

3. Budget outlining how the USD 30,000 funding award would be applied towards the proposed project. 

4. Recommendation letter: The applicant team must request one confidential evaluation of the proposed project and the applicants’ likelihood of successfully completing it. The recommender may be at NYU or another institution. To ensure the confidentiality of this evaluation, the letter must be uploaded directly by the recommender to Interfolio, using a link that the applicants will generate and email to the recommender while preparing the application.

5. Application forms: The individual completing the application will be requested to complete three brief forms. The first, the "Contact, Affiliation, and Project Information" form, provides 19 Washington Square North with basic information on both applicants to the Faculty Fellowship program. Please note it requires both the project title and a project abstract of no more than 250 words.

The second, "Affiliation Information" form is required by the University. Whichever partner (i.e., AD- or NY-based) is completing it should generally answer the questions on the basis of their own information alone. However, when asked, "Is any member of your family or household an employee, trustee/director, or officer of NYU or any NYU affiliate, or are you in a relationship otherwise covered under the policy listed below?", details should be given in the space provided if the answer is affirmative for either the Abu Dhabi- or New York-based partner.

The third, "EEO-1 / Affirmative Action Voluntary Self Identification Form" should be completed with information pertinent to whichever applicant is filling it out.

Review Process and Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed by an internal review committee that includes NYU faculty from Abu Dhabi and New York. Key criteria for the evaluation of proposals will include:

  • Anticipated project contributions
  • Clarity, comprehensiveness, and feasibility of the planned research, creative, or artistic endeavor
  • Synergy between collaborators in terms of their scholarly expertise and/or agenda
  • The potential of the proposed presentation, activity, or event to stimulate active interest, partnerships, and/or intellectual community at 19 WSN.

Although not a requirement, the program particularly welcomes proposals that are relevant to NYUAD’s five areas of strategic research interest: Bio-Innovation and Health; Cities; Culture and Heritage; Environmental Sustainability; and Governance and Peace or to the NYU Provost’s six research priorities: Artificial Intelligence; Arts & Humanities; Cybersecurity; Quantum Phenomena; STEM Learning; and Strategies to Reduce Inequality. The program also hopes to support new collaborations when possible and aims for a diverse cohort of Fellows representing different disciplines, divisions, schools, and colleges as well as faculty at all ranks.

The application period will close at 11:59 pm EST on Friday, January 5, 2024. Applicants will be notified of their outcomes later that month.

For More Information

19 WSN Academic Director Michael Purugganan will lead information sessions on the Faculty Fellowships in order to address questions about the program. These sessions will be announced and you can sign up for a session. You can also request information by contacting Professor Purugganan at

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