Each academic year the Center appoints six CUNY faculty fellows and six CUNY doctoral student fellows from throughout CUNY. Fellows are drawn from doctoral programs in the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. Faculty fellows receive a two course release for the year of their fellowship (to be distributed across the fall and spring semesters at the discretion of their department), and Graduate fellows receive a stipend of $10,000. ONLY full-time CUNY faculty are eligible for faculty fellowships, and ONLY Level III CUNY doctoral students are eligible for Graduate Fellowships. You can read abstracts of past fellows’ research here.  Deadlines for this fellowships are announced below once they are determined.

The Center also offers a Post-Doctoral Fellowship position every one to two years (see below). Information on becoming a Visiting Scholar at the Center can be found here.


Seminar Theme 2017-2018

Consciousness and Revolution II

The place of consciousness in radical theory and practice is a subject of significant dispute, as global and local events continue to underline. For Marx, revolution itself would be the realization of authentic consciousness over and above the claims of false necessity, and social being would determine the forms of such transformation. Are consciousness and revolution mediated in the same ways across time? Do the revolutions of 1948, 1917, 1948, 1961-74 and so on display strong family resemblances? Does revolutionary desire remain politically unconscious? Or have concepts of revolution themselves been transformed so that, if the conditions of social being continue to be powerfully productive, the question of consciousness pivots on different axes? The 2017-18 CPCP seminar intends to continue our analysis of consciousness and revolution, both in their history and in the important ways the crises of the present ask questions of them. The Center invites applicants to examine problems of consciousness and revolution from a wide variety of interdisciplinary approaches. What are the scales of revolution for activists and scholars? Is consciousness a problem of history more than psychology? Are new methodologies in themselves revolutionary? The seminar will explore the possible parameters of revolutionary thought and action and the production of knowledge between them. What are consciousness and revolution within current contingencies and new vocabularies? How are they imagined, created? Does resistance matter?, and if so, how? Does social (media) being determine consciousness? We are especially interested in the role of revolutionary pedagogy and the forms and materials developed for such purposes – whether permanent or transient, connected to ongoing general struggles for decolonization or community self-determination, or situated within particular institutions such as unions.

Visit this page for information about previous seminar themes.



Doctoral Students must apply using the Graduate Center Provost’s Office Dissertation Fellowships and Awards Application. Please adhere to the guidelines detailed by the Provost’s Office.  Note that this application is not sent directly to the Center for Place, Culture and Politics.  ***Questions about the Doctoral Student Fellowship should be directed to Rachel Sponzo at rsponzo@gc.cuny.edu, or 212-817-7282.

The application guidelines, cover sheet, and a list of frequently asked questions can be found on the Provost’s Office website, https://www.gc.cuny.edu/CUNY_GC/media/CUNY-Graduate-Center/PDF/Provost/Form%20Documents/2017-18-GC-Dissertation-Fellowship-Application.pdf?ext=.pdf Your GC login and password are needed to access these materials.

Please be aware that the recommendation letter from your adviser must also be received by Wednesday January 18th, 2017, by 12 PM.  As a reminder, please submit your cover sheet, proposal, cv, and transcript as a single document.

Students should include a brief “statement of applicability” in their application file/materials. In this statement, please highlight the connection between your research and the theme. It should be 1 page or less in length.

The application materials should be assembled AS A SINGLE DOCUMENT in pdf or word format in the following order:

a.      Application cover sheet
b.     Statement of applicability responding to Center for Place, Culture and Politics
c.      9-page project description
d.     1-page bibliography
e.     2-page CV
f.      Graduate Center Transcript (unofficial student copy is sufficient)

One letter of reference to be submitted electronically by your adviser (see instructions page).




The deadline for applications is Tuesday February 7th, 2017, by midnight. Your emailed application must be received on or before this date to be considered.


A completed faculty-fellow-application is comprised of four parts

  • Completed faculty application form 2017 that includes the signature of the program Executive Officer for faculty with GSUC appointments or of Department chairs for non-GSUC appointments.
  • 150 words abstract
  • Project description (maximum 1550 words)
  • A current shot CV (maximum 5 pages)

Submission guidelines:

Submit completed application by e-mail as a PDF attachment (including the signed application form) to pcp@gc.cuny.edu. Title email as: “FACULTY FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION”. The application deadline is midnight February 7th, 2017

Inquiries can be sent to pcp@gc.cuny.edu


In addition to our fellows, the CPCP also has limited space for visiting scholars. For more information on how to apply, please see http://pcp.gc.cuny.edu/information-for-visiting-scholars/