The Integrative PhD Fellowship Program


The Integrative PhD Fellowship Program is currently suspended.


The New School’s Integrative PhD Fellowship Program broadens its social sciences training by introducing students to new analytical and expository techniques and fostering integrated research in design and the humanistic social sciences. Doctoral students can combine training in the humanistic social sciences, exemplified in the research and teaching at The New School for Social Research with training in the innovative concepts and methodological approaches to data visualization, graphic design, and digital media as developed at Parsons School of Design and the School for Public Engagement.

Students in the program will be able to cultivate and enhance their traditional social science skills—including hermeneutics, comparative and historical analysis, ethnography, visual theory, and psychometrics—with contemporary methods of coding, mapping, digital media and data visualization. Collaborative efforts across the social sciences and these digital design fields, including new offerings of team-taught courses by faculty in NSSR, Parsons, and Media Studies, will enable students to become fluent in the full range of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Call for Proposals

The Integrative PhD Fellowship Program invites New School for Social Research doctoral students to apply for the 2019-20 Integrative PhD Fellowship. The four successful student candidates will each receive a $20,000 stipend per year for two years, along with tuition for two required Integrative PhD seminars, one in 2019–2020 and one in 2020-2021.* In return, doctoral fellows commit to participating in public fellowship events, workshops, and are expected to present their own work as part of the fellowship cohort at least once per year. In addition, doctoral fellows commit to completing two Integrative PhD Fellowship Program seminars during the funding period, and submit a brief fellowship report by the end of the fellowship.

In addition to the quality of the proposed research and its relevance to the Integrative PhD Fellowship Program’s key goals, selection of doctoral fellows will take into account the diversity of discipline and approach of the incoming cohort of fellows.

Doctoral students at all stages of the PhD may apply, but applications are especially encouraged from doctoral candidates currently researching and writing their dissertation whose work will benefit from the cross-divisional seminars.  

Application materials for doctoral fellowships must be submitted online, including:

  1. A two-page research proposal that states the aims, conceptual basis, methodological approaches, and significance of the proposed project; and clearly articulates its connections to the Integrative PhD.
  2. A one-page project bibliography.
  3. Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Current New School transcript.

Supporting letter:  

  •       Applicants should request a letter of recommendation from their faculty advisor to be sent directly to

Applications will be reviewed by the Integrative PhD Advisory Board and decisions announced in late February 2019.

* For questions about auditing these courses in the event that all PhD coursework is finished see the FAQ sheet for the Integrative PhD

Find out more about the program through our FAQ

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