Opportunities for BMCC Faculty

This is an ongoing list of grant and other opportunities curated by Faculty Affairs staff. The list is eclectic and not comprehensive. For search engines related to grant research, see the Office of Sponsored Programs web site.

December 2018

BMCC Faculty Development Grant

The Faculty Development Grant was established in the 1990s at the initiative of the Faculty Development Committee of the BMCC Academic Senate. It is organized and administered by the Faculty Development Committee and funded by the Office of Academic Affairs. Its purpose is to support fulltime faculty members in their scholarly and creative activity. Fulltime faculty throughout the college are encouraged to apply. Faculty may apply as individuals or as a team. The maximum grant award is $5,000 and a maximum of twelve grants will be awarded. Fulltime tenured or tenure track faculty may request summer salary or reassigned time up to a $5,000 limit. Grant recipients will submit a one-page report after the end of the grant period with the outcomes and results of their project to the Associate Dean of Faculty. Failure of submitting this report will affect eligibility for future applications. This report will be posted on the Academic Senate website.

Please direct any questions related to the Grant to the BMCC Faculty Development Committee at​ BMCCFacultyDevelopmentCommittee @ bmcc.cuny.edu​

Deadline February 15, 2019: 5 p.m. 

SUNY Teaching and Learning Certificate

There are a few seats left in the SUNY Teaching and Learning Certificate for New Faculty program that starts on Jan. 2. The program (going on its fourth year) was designed by experienced educational developers here in SUNY to help fill the teaching and learning competency gaps faced by new college teachers. It is a series of three six-week week online courses (which can be taken stand alone or as a series) plus an e-portfolio summarizing and reflecting on what they learn. Each course is interactive with detailed feedback given to participants by the instructors so we cap each course at 15 people. More information (including how much the courses/program costs) can be found at https://www.suny.edu/tlnfcert.


Book Completion Award

The CUNY Office of Research invites proposals from faculty who are working on research or creative projects they are developing into publishable book manuscripts.  Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences to develop or complete a book manuscript for publication. This grant program welcomes applications from faculty for book projects that are in the development and prospectus stage, as well as for manuscripts that have been accepted for publication and are nearing the completion and submission stage.

Submission deadline is March 1, 2019

More information including complete guidelines can be found herehttp://www2.cuny.edu/research/faculty-resources/internal-funding/book-completion/

William P. Kelly Research Fellowship Program

The William P. Kelly Research Fellowship Program which aims to advance the research, scholarship and creative work of our outstanding community college faculty. Since its inception in 2014-2015, this program has supported a broad range of faculty projects in the humanities, social and natural sciences and creative and performing arts..

Under the program, the Chancellor’s Office will award up to 20 research fellowships of two courses of released-time each to tenured full-time community college faculty members who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to research, scholarship and/or creative work.  The two course releases may be taken over one or two semesters during the 2019-20 academic year.

Applicants for the William P. Kelly Research Fellowships should electronically submit the following materials at http://www2.cuny.edu/academics/faculty-affairs/funding-opportunities/chancellors-research-fellowship-program/.

  • A completed online application form
  • A proposal of no more than five pages describing a) the project for which they are seeking the fellowship, b) a plan for completing the proposed project, c) evidence that they have the necessary resources (other than released time) to complete the plan and, if relevant, have laid the necessary groundwork to start the plan (e.g., IRB approval already in place) and d) expected outcomes
  • A current vitae with evidence of an ongoing commitment to research, scholarship and/or creative work

The deadline for submissions is February 4, 2019.

October 2018

Bio & Health Tech Entrepreneurship Lab 

The Entrepreneurship Lab is a competitive 6-month Program launched by the City of New York, designed for graduate students of science, engineering and medicine, post-doctoral fellows, medical residents, physicians, nurses and other scientists, researchers and technologists in NYC and interested in forming new ventures in the life sciences and healthcare technology sectors. Application deadline: October 22, 2018

CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program

The CUNY Office of Faculty Affairs assists full-time untenured Assistant Professors in the design and execution of writing projects essential to progress toward tenure through discipline-based writing groups and guidance of a senior faculty member. Application deadline: October 26, 2018

Community College Research Grant

The CUNY Office of Research offers the Community College Research Grant Program to fund collaborative, interdisciplinary, and undergraduate research projects resulting in faculty and student development. For the 2019 competition, the program will accept proposals from faculty across all disciplines at CUNY Community Colleges for awards of up to $10,000. Proposals may be submitted by individual faculty or collaborative teams. Proposals that involve undergraduate students are encouraged. Application deadline: October 26, 2018

National Science Foundation 2026 Idea Machine

The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It’s an opportunity for researchers, the public and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF’s mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security and advance knowledge to sustain the country’s global leadership in science and engineering. Application deadline: October 26, 2018

Mid-Career Faculty Fellowship Program

The CUNY Office of Faculty Affairs aims to retain and advance a diverse faculty in CUNY by providing support and resources to help tenured Assistant and Associate Professors achieve promotion. Spring 2019 fellows will submit at least one research-based scholarly article or creative writing project to a peer-reviewed journal. Application deadline: October 30, 2018

Research in the Classroom Grant

The CUNY Office of Research is offering grants for innovative ideas to incorporate authentic research projects into the undergraduate curriculum. Successful projects can be implemented into new or existing courses but must incorporate a researchable aim.  For the purposes of this competition, authentic research is defined as a plan for seeking answers to a research question for which the outcome is unknown. The research question should be based on the expertise of the PI and should involve the development of new avenues of inquiry. Application deadline: November 2, 2018


BMCC has some institutional memberships that benefit faculty.

The Faculty Resource Network (FRN) at New York University is an award-winning professional development initiative that sponsors programs for faculty members from a consortium of over 50 colleges and universities. The Network hosts lectures, symposia, and intensive seminars, all of which are designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning at its member and affiliate institutions. Learn more.

September 2018

Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs Fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies invites applications for fellowships offered by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs. The program is designed to foster new connections between scholars and journalists covering international affairs by offering fellowships for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who study religion in international contexts. Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, October 24, 2018. More information is available on the program’s overview page.

ARC (CUNY) Distinguished Fellowship Program

The CUNY Graduate Center announces the 2019-2020 round of the Distinguished Fellowship Program. For the coming year, the areas of focus are: Inequality, Immigration, Global Cities, Multilingualism & Translation, and a new field—Critical University Studies. Fellowships are awarded to tenured and tenure-track faculty in an annual competition. They are tenable for one or two semesters during the 2019-2020 academic year. Applications open September 1, 2018, and the deadline for applying is October 31, 2018. Application forms for this year’s competition can be found here.

Fellowships at The Huntington Library, San Marino, California

Scholars come from around the world every year to conduct advanced humanities research using The Huntington’s collections. Through a rigorous peer review program, the institution awards approximately 200 fellowships to scholars in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science. The Huntington’s independent research library has significant holdings in British and American history; British and American literature; art history, the history of science and medicine; and the history of the book. A remarkable collection in the history of science and technology consists of some 67,000 rare books and reference volumes, as well as an important collection of scientific instruments. The Art Collections contain several notable British and American paintings; innumerable fine prints and photographs; and an art reference library. In the library of the Botanical Gardens is a broad collection of reference works in botany, horticulture, and gardening.

Dean Berg (right) with scholars attending a conference on Anglo-American writer, Christopher Isherwood, at the Huntington Library in Fall 2015. Isherwood’s partner, Don Bachardy, center.

For those interested in applying for a 2019-2020 academic year fellowship, applications will be accepted beginning Aug. 31, 2018, with a submission deadline of midnight PST on Nov. 15, 2018. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at The Huntington and to participate in and make a contribution to its intellectual life. The fellowship year begins on June 1, 2019, and ends on June 30, 2020. More information.


BMCC has some institutional memberships that benefit faculty. One is the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA). Founded in 1979, it is the only national organization of its kind for humanities faculty and administrators in two-year colleges. It is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the humanities in two-year colleges.

Humanities faculty are able to take advantage of the many benefits CCHA offers its institutional members:

  • Free copies of the Community College Humanities Review;
  • Free individual faculty memberships;
  • Deep discounts for faculty to attend and present at regional and national conferences;
  • Deep discounted entry fees for CCHA’s literary magazine competition; and
  • Access to special humanities and related social sciences grant opportunities.

CCHA serves as a catalyst for defining the issues which face humanities faculty and administrators today, finding solutions to problems in the field, and establishing a communications network for humanists. More information.