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.

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.