2023 Lost & Found Archival Research Grants (Deadline Feb 18)

Application Deadline: Friday, February 18th, 2023, by 11:59 PM.

Eligibility: Doctoral Students studying subjects related to New American Poetry at the CUNY Graduate Center.


The Center for the Humanities is grateful to announce that Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative will offer Lost & Found Archival Research Grants (LFARG) again in 2023 through the generous support of the Early Research Initiative at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Engaging the Senses Foundation.

 LFARG are for GC doctoral students conducting archival research on writers, artists, and musicians whose contributions to New American Poetry remain understudied. Recipients will receive grants that further archival research, writing, and editing en route to a publication project for Lost & Found, a blog post about the research process on Distributaries, or some other format.

While grounded in poetry and poetics, Lost & Found continues to expand their range to better integrate other art forms including music, performing arts, and the visual arts into the field of poetry studies.Their concentration is on 20th century cultural figures, but they are interested in presenting work that encompasses the figure’s political, pedagogical, and activist commitments, deepening and complicating common understandings of past historical and cultural moments. For example, Lost & Found  have published poet Jack Spicer’s translation of Beowulf; poet Diane di Prima’s lecture notes on English Romantic poet Percey Shelley; Argentinian novelist Julio Cortázar’s work on John Keats; Muriel Rukeyser’s translations of Rimbaud and her writing on Charles Darwin. They have also published syllabi, memoranda, class notes and manifestos by former CUNY professors such as Toni Cade Bambara, Audre Lorde, June Jordan, and Adrienne Rich, as well as position papers and proposals by groundbreaking Native American scholar and poet Jack D. Forbes.

 The Lost & Found Archival Research Grant is for students in all disciplines who are currently developing or seeking to develop archival research in or around 20th century poetry, poetics or other art forms as outlined above, and will range from $1,000 to $3,000.

Click here to read about last year’s L&F Research Grant funded projects and descriptions which range from writers and subjects such as Stuart Hall’s pedagogical writings, Richard Pryor’s comedic archives, Miguel Algarín & Lois Griffin of the Nuyorican Cafe archives, Susan Weil’s poemumbles, Ed Sanders’s glyphs, Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa’s poetry, Amiri Baraka’s relationship to German Existentialist Philosophy, the life & poetry of Murat Nemet-Nejat, and Black Star Lyrics Are Archive.​

*For CUNY Students: Before applying, please contact the office of financial aid at your campus to ensure that you are eligible to receive this funding without it adversely impacting your existing financial aid package. In your email to them, please include the fellowship amount, the semester you would receive it, and your EMPL ID, which you can find in CUNYFirst under Student Center.”


Important considerations and application guidelines:

1) If your project requires international or out of state travel, please check the CUNY Travel Guidelines for any approval requirements or permissions necessary for your trip prior to accessing these grant funds. Click here for more information.

2) Before applying, you are urged to familiarize yourself with the range of L&F’s work on their website to determine if your project makes sense in the context of their mission. Please feel free to make inquiries as well at: ch@gc.cuny.edu


How to Apply:

Click here to fill out the Application Form.


The 2023 Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative Archival Research Grants were made possible by generous support from the Early Research Initiative at the CUNY Graduate Center, and co-sponsored by The Office of the Provost at The CUNY Graduate Center, and with generous support from Engaging the Senses Foundation.

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