The NYU Cities Collaborative is pleased to announce its first Summer Institute on Urbanism for Predissertation Students to be held June 12-22, 2022, with support from the Mellon Foundation. Under the leadership of NYU Cities Collaborative director Thomas Sugrue and NYU Metropolitan Studies professor Sophie Gonick, this program will provide opportunities for talented doctoral students to visit New York University to explore research topics and scholarship related to the theme of urbanism across disciplines.

Over a period of 10 days, this program will provide a mix of visiting speakers, seminars, and workshops designed to expose students in a close-knit group to cutting-edge research on a variety of urban-related topics, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, and place, climate change and cities, urban democracy, global urbanism, urban humanities, urban planning and geography, and urban social movements.  A major goal is to spur innovative approaches to topics of great social and academic significance and to foster interdisciplinary discussions of issues that cut across conventional boundaries. 

Students will receive a $5000 fellowship (which they may use to help defray travel expenses and housing).


Applicants must be in the predissertation phase of their graduate career, prior to the defense of their dissertation proposal.  This includes students who range from having no clear idea of a dissertation topic to those who have a topic in mind, but are still working to refine their proposal.

Application Form

To apply for the NYU Summer Institute on Urbanism, please submit the following materials here.


Applications are due Friday, April 22, 2022 no later than 11:59pm EST. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.