The Institute sponsors and coordinates major academic conferences, research workshops, lectures, film series, exhibitions, and theatrical and music performances. Through a comprehensive range of activities, the Institute forms an intellectual and programmatic link between NYU New York and NYU Abu Dhabi, and bridges and creates knowledge communities across the globe. Program Organizers originate from within the NYU Global Network as well as from the broader internatinoal academic community.
Outline of the Review Process
The Institute's Advisory Committee reviews all proposals for Conferences, Workshops, and Regional Collaborative Seminars. Proposals for exhibitions will be reviewed by an arts subcommittee. Proposals for Institute public programs in Abu Dhabi, such as Lectures, Conversations with Authors, and Panel Discussions, may be solicited by the Institute or submitted by NYUAD deans, faculty, and students. These programs will normally not be reviewed by the Institute’s Advisory Committee. Definitions of all program categories are provided in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The Institute welcomes proposals for Conferences, Workshops, and Regional Collaborative Seminars in all fields of study that have thematic relevance to NYUAD’s curriculum and areas of research (Arts & Humanities, Engineering, Science, and Social Science). Following procedures outlined in the MOU, applicants will be expected to submit a Commitment Memorandum to the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee’s review of the memorandum, if favorable, will then guide the Steering Committee in determining how the Institute will ultimately move forward on a proposal. During the approval process, either committee may decline the opportunity to consider the proposal further or recommend resubmission in a subsequent application period. The Chair of the Advisory Committee will provide the applicant with rationale in writing for the Committees’ decision. If a proposal is denied, the applicant may resubmit a revised version only once more within a one-year period following its initial submission.
Applicants are advised to read the entire MOU documentation before submitting a formal proposal.
To be eligible to submit a proposal for a Conference, Workshop, or Regional Collaborative Seminar, applicants must be full-time faculty from any of NYU’s global sites or scholars of another international institution of higher education who play an active and leading role in research and scholarship.
Workshop, Conference, and Regional Collaborative Seminar proposals will be reviewed on the following criteria:
- Highest quality of scholarly or creative content;
- Clarity and significance of the scholarly question(s) central to the proposal, framed in the context of the state of research of the respective discipline(s);
- The proposed outcome of the program, seen also in relation to the mission of NYUAD and the Institute;
- The potential of the program to stimulate active interest and partnerships among UAE-based scholars and institutions;
- Its potential to enrich and complement NYUAD’s curriculum; and
- Prospects for creating a strong, sustainable intellectual community associated with NYUAD.