Faculty Resource Network

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Network Summer
Calvin B. Grimes Scholar-in-Residence Program

The Calvin B. Grimes Summer Scholar-in-Residency will be awarded on an annual basis to a faculty member whose project furthers the goal of promoting cross-cultural understanding and tolerance through a closer alignment of the arts and the humanities. Throughout his career, Dr. Grimes championed the importance of expanding the role of the arts in the curriculum, even as performing and fine arts classes would be among the first to fall victim to cutbacks. As he stated,

The performing arts world is capable of promoting thoughts and ideas on images of reality in other peoples, communities, nations, and world cultures. This is a fundamental trait of great art regardless of medium. It promotes knowledge and understanding of cultures in similar manner to that expressed in literary forms, historical records, philosophical documents, etc. Then, careful attention to the performing arts, not only as sources of immense joy and entertainment, could become an enhanced resource for understanding cultural traditions different from our own. Such a state, it seems, would only promote greater respect for human distinctions.

Each year, during the month of June, the Calvin B. Grimes Scholar-in-Residence will have the opportunity to engage in research, enrich an existing course or create a new one, develop a musical or artistic work, broaden pedagogical expertise, and expand professional contacts. The awardee will meet with faculty colleagues and fellow artists at New York University and in New York City and will participate in activities scheduled as part of the larger Network Summer program which annually brings over 300 visiting faculty members to NYU’s Washington Square campus. In addition to accommodations and most meals, the awardee will receive a travel subvention and an honorarium of $1,000.


The dates for Summer 2021 SIR Grimes: Sunday, May 30 – Saturday, June 26, 2021.


The application process is as follows:

Application Procedure and Eligibility

Several prerequisites must be met for participation in the Calvin B. Grimes Summer Scholar-in-Residence program.

  • The applicant must be a full-time faculty member at a member institution of the Faculty Resource Network. A list of current FRN institutions may be found on the Member Institutions & Institutional Representatives page.
  • The applicant must be approved and recommended by the Provost/Dean of his/her home institution for the term of the residency.
  • The proposed project must exemplify the goal of promoting pedagogical innovation on the scholar’s home campus.
  • New York University must have the resources necessary to be of substantial benefit to the applicant’s project goals.

To be considered for this award, applicants must submit to their campus Liaison Officer proposals that describe research or curricular development projects that meet the program prerequisites above. The application must also be accompanied by two letters of support from the Provost/Dean of the home institution and department chair indicating how the proposed project will benefit the home institution.

The proposal should delineate project goals (work to be completed while in residence), benefits to the applicant’s home institution, and the ways in which residence at NYU and in New York City will benefit the applicant’s research.

Applicants for the Scholar-in-Residence program should also indicate the NYU department(s) with which they wish to be associated and the name(s) of the faculty member(s) with whom they wish to work (if known). New York University bulletins may be consulted through the University’s home page at www.nyu.edu. (The Network cannot guarantee that the NYU faculty members requested by applicants will be available as Research Consultants during the month of June. If your requested consultant is unavailable, we will attempt to find a faculty member that is knowledgeable within the field you are researching.)

The applicant who is selected for this residency will receive a letter informing them of application status. If accepted into the program, the faculty scholar will receive information regarding housing accommodations and honoraria as well as some general information about the program and its schedule.

Accommodations and Meals


Accommodations are provided only for the participant who lives beyond 50 miles from NYU’s Washington Square Campus. (University regulations do not permit spouses or family members to share housing accommodations provided. We regret that no exceptions can be made to this rule.) The selected participant will reside in a private, air-conditioned efficiency located in an NYU residence hall. In addition, the resident have access to coin-operated laundry facilities, computer terminals, and a gym within the building. Although the University provides basic linens and towels, we encourage the Grimes Scholar-in-Residence to bring linens (for an extra-long twin bed) and towels for an extra level of comfort. A lightweight summer blanket may be needed in addition to your own toiletries and hangers.


We want to give applicants a heads up that we are still figuring out the details of whether we can offer meal vouchers this year.

The Grimes Scholar-in-Residence will be provided with meal vouchers for selected dining halls for Monday through Friday of the program. Vouchers will be provided for breakfast and for the Scholar’s choice of lunch or dinner.

Internet and Library Access

Internet Access:

Grimes scholars receive an NYU NetId, which enables them to use NYU’s Wi-Fi, available throughout campus, including Scholar housing. (The NetId forms the prefix of their NYU email address, which Scholars are also provided.)

Library Access:

Network Scholars have reading and borrowing privileges at the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, one of the largest open-stack research libraries in the world. To use the library, Scholars must swipe their NYU Identification Card at the turnstiles in the front lobby. Aside from the books, periodicals, documents, and digital resources available at Bobst and other NYU libraries, NYU has cooperative borrowing arrangements with numerous New York City and university libraries. Please consult the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library website for more information.

Digital resources may be accessed by logging in with the Scholar’s NetId and password.”

Research Consultants and Orientation

Research Consultants

Throughout the university residency, the Grimes scholar will confer periodically with a Research Consultant, a New York University faculty member who is aware of the Scholar’s project and knowledgeable in the relevant field. The Research Consultant is able to offer collegial discussion, professional and constructive criticism, and information on New York City and NYU resources. The Network identifies each Research Consultant and provides the contact information of the Consultant during the general orientation meeting. The ties that develop between Research Consultants and Network Scholars often become the basis of ongoing professional relationships that last well beyond the period of direct participation in the Scholar-in-Residence program.

Information on your Research Consultant is provided at the Scholar-in-Residence orientation meeting, or earlier when possible. Assignments will be made based on the availability of NYU faculty members during the summer.


All Scholars are required to attend the Scholar-in-Residence orientation meeting scheduled on the first day of the residency. At that time, Scholars will learn about University resources and program particulars, take a Washington Square campus tour, and receive their NYU ID Cards, Research Consultant assignments, and a calendar of events.

How to Apply

Faculty Resource Network
Calvin B. Grimes Summer Scholar-in-Residence Program
New York University
411 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Full applications must include the following:

1) Application:

The completed application form must include your school’s institutional representative (click here for a complete list).

2) Project Statement and Abstract:

We require a statement of one or two pages indicating your intellectual and/or academic interests and the research or curricular development project you hope to produce as a result of participating in a Network faculty development program. The proposed project must exemplify the goal of promoting pedagogical innovation on the scholar’s home campus. Indicate specific courses or programs which will be benefited at your school as a result of your participation in Network Summer.

Applicants for the Calvin B. Grimes Summer Scholar-in-Residence program should also submit a brief abstract of their project statement as well as indicate the department(s) with which they wish to be associated and the name(s) of NYU faculty member(s) with whom they wish to consult (if known).

3) Curriculum Vitae:

A copy of your recent curricular vitae must be submitted with your application.

4) Letters of Support:

Two letters of support must be included with your application. The letters of support must be from the Provost/Dean of the home institution and department chair, and must indicate how the proposed project will expand the role of the arts in the curriculum.

The application deadline has passed.

Application deadline: was Friday, March 26, 2021
SIR Grimes application form

The SIR program takes place Sunday, May 30 – Saturday, June 26, 2021.
This is in-person at NYU’s Washington Square campus in Manhattan.


Frequently Asked Questions

Grimes Fellowship Winners



Allison E. Francis Paynter, Chaminade University of Honolulu
PROJECT TITLE: Re-envisioning Performing Arts & Playwriting for Undergraduates



Mariano Santini Rivera, University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón
PROJECT TITLE: Motorrhythmics: Songs, Dance, Play, and Fundamental Movement Patterns for Early Childhood Through Jazz and Classical Music



Lisa M. Flanagan, Xavaier University of Louisiana
PROJECT TITLE: Strange Fruit: Graphically Novelizing the Stage



Matthew Hutcherson, Paine College
PROJECT TITLE: Afrikan American Hip Hop Religious Music: An Aesthetic Challenge Toward Diversity



Mildred Beltre, University of Vermont
PROJECT TITLE: Where My Dream At? Legacies of Protest and the Black Radical Imagination



Cheryl Fish, Borough of Manhattan Community College
PROJECT TITLE: A Town on Hold: Mining/Removal of Kiruna, Sweden and Sami Response in Film



Mary Leonard, UPR Mayaguez
PROJECT TITLE: From a Film Minor to a Film Major



Michael White, Xavier University of Louisiana
PROJECT TITLE: My Life In New Orleans Jazz