Call for Applications: NYPL Research Fellowships 2013

New York Public Library

Short-Term Research Fellowships 2013


The New York Public Library is pleased to offer Short-Term Research Fellowships to visiting scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research. Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for up to four weeks; researchers must be in residence at the Library for a minimum of two weeks between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.  Scholars needing to conduct on-site research in the Library’s special collections  for their humanities projects including but not limited to art history, cultural studies, history, literature, performing arts and photography are welcome to apply. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S.


In 2013-2014, the Library will offer additional fellowships to support the study of food and society focusing on manuscript cookbooks and related archival collections held by the Library. With support from the Pine Tree Foundation, the Food Studies Fellowships are intended to support multidisciplinary research and expose individuals working in the area of food studies to manuscript recipe books and archival collections held at the Library. Applicants for this fellowship should follow the same guidelines as the Short-Term Research Fellowship program.


Application Deadline:  April 8, 2013.
Notification:  May 3, 2013.
Award Period:  July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014.

Questions about the Short-Term Research Fellowships should be directed to the curatorial staff in the applicant’s area of interest [Attention NASSR readers: for the Pforzheimer Collection, write to; for the Berg Collection,]. But first, please see for information about the research resources of The New York Public Library.


Application:  Complete applications consist of:

·        an abbreviated cv with current contact information;

·         a research proposal, including desired length of residency and intended use of the collection(s)

·        a letter of recommendation in support of the research project, to be received at by April 8, 2013.


Download and read carefully the Application Guidelines [attached] to ensure applications are complete before submission.


Research proposals: The proposal should include a general description or abstract of the research project, its title and genre, i.e. dissertation/book/article. Applicants should then identify specific materials to be consulted during the desired dates of the fellowship period. Successful applications will also include a detailed explanation of how collections unique to The New York Public Library are essential to the project.


Fellowship Announcement. Fellowship awards will be announced by May 3, 2013. Fellowship recipients and their research projects will be acknowledged on The New York Public Library website and in Library publicity.


Residency. Fellows must take up residency between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.  Fellows are expected to be in continuous residence for the duration of the fellowship award period as specified in the proposal.  The maximum proposal length is four weeks.


Fellow’s Report. Each fellow is required to write a brief statement about his or her project and work completed at the Library by the end of the award period.


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