Calls for proposals

CEU academic staff members are invited to submit proposals for new teaching, research, or community engagement projects under the Intellectual Themes Initiative. The overarching aim of the initiative is to encourage innovative, cross-departmental and interdisciplinary activities at CEU.

The ITI call for proposals for the academic year 2022/2023 closed on November 30, 2021. 


University-wide courses (UWCs) - Proposals should be submitted by one or more resident academic staff members from one or more academic units. Co-teaching and team teaching is encouraged, but at least one Course Leader is expected to attend all sessions to ensure continuity and academic quality and coherence in course delivery. The respective academic unit heads should be informed and/or consulted about the planned UWCs.

Interdisciplinary joint doctoral fellowships - Proposals should be submitted by two resident academic staff members from two different CEU departments. All proposals should be submitted in coordination with the respective unit heads. Doctoral students receiving this fellowship will be expected to collaborate on their research projects and work under the joint supervision of two faculty members. Successful proposals will result in two scholarships (equivalent of one standard CEU Doctoral Scholarship for each participating unit) added to the regular departmental allocations. Joint doctoral fellows should still be based in one of the participating academic units and obtain their degrees within CEU's already established doctoral degree programs.

Interdepartmental advanced certificate programs – Proposals for new advanced certificate programs should be submitted by faculty members from at least two academic units upon approval from the respective unit heads. Advanced certificates are non-degree cross- or inter-disciplinary programs that span across academic units and are open to enrolled students from various degree programs. Selected proposals for advanced certificate programs are subject to the approval of the CEU Senate and registration with the New York State Education Department (NYSED). In line with the NYSED regulations, advanced certificates must be based on courses that form part of one or more registered CEU graduate degree programs. Advanced certificate programs typically require completion of course work in the amount of 8-12 US credits. For more information about certificates, see: as well as the CEU Degree Programs Policy.


Proposals for university-wide courses (UWCs) should target a wide group of CEU students from different departments.  UWCs are diverse content-wise, however, in order to be relevant for all CEU students, they should fit in one or more of the following categories:

  1. Courses focusing on research methods and epistemology
  2. Courses focusing on contemporary academic topics approached from different disciplinary perspectives (advanced interdisciplinary seminars that are co-taught). 
  3. Courses grounded in one discipline but relevant for students from across CEU departments
  4. Courses focusing on more practical types of skills


All proposals will be evaluated by the Senate Curriculum and Academic Quality Assurance Committee.


Eligible expenses exclude salaries for personnel who are already in a contractual relationship with CEU.

In the case of proposals for University-wide courses, limited funds are available for hiring Teaching Assistants (if justified), inviting guest lecturers, and acquiring relevant teaching materials. A maximum of four external guests may be invited as lecturers in case of a 2-credit course.

Successful proposals for Interdisciplinary joint doctoral fellowships will result in an extra two Doctoral tuition and scholarship packages for three academic years in total: one for each hosting department.

In the case of proposals for Interdepartmental advanced certificate programs, funds are available for hiring personnel (on a part time-basis) for duties of coordination and administration.


All applicants should use the revised and simplified application form, which is available at the bottom of this page.  

Applications need to be submitted electronically to by NOVEMBER 30, 2021.

For more information, please write to the ITI team at: