The Public Scholars program provides organizations the opportunity to apply to have scholars engage current and new audiences. Public Scholars deliver stand-alone presentations for 90 minutes, with 30 minutes reserved for Q & A sessions. Presentations will often explore topics with historical content and contemporary relevance. Scholars engage audiences beyond the standard lecture model, with talks that encourage curiosity and inspire a collaborative learning environment. You can find a printable version of the catalogue here.
Any tax-exempt organization in New York State is eligible to apply.
The application process for this program is competitive. Priority is given to organizations expressing the greatest need for humanities content in their community; diversity in their audience; opportunities for partnerships; and dynamic plans for outreach/publicity. Host organizations are limited to two Public Scholars events per year.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Organizations should apply at least eight weeks prior to the proposed event date. Notifications of decisions will be sent to organizations within three weeks.
- Select the Scholar/presentation you would like to host.
- Apply for free as an organization, with proof of tax-exempt status and a DUNS number to prove eligibility.
- Look for your award or decline notification within 3 weeks. If your application has been awarded, pay your $100 administration fee; register for your hosting webinar; contact your Scholar; and begin promoting your event. If your application was declined, address any concerns expressed and re-apply.
- Host your event.
- Submit your host site final evaluation.
Public Scholars engage audiences by presenting humanities content within a contemporary lens. Scholars serve a two-year term, and applications are open biyearly. For more information, contact Program Assistant, Kate Reese.