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Fellowships & Institutes


Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowships

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets). Read More ›

Short-Term Research Fellowships

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer Short Term Research Fellowships to support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research.   Individuals needing to conduct on-site research in the Library’s special collections to support projects in the humanities, business and the arts are welcome to apply.  Preference is given to scholars whose work is based on materials in the NYPL research collections, especially when those materials are unique.  

Each fellow is expected to 

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Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program

The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program assists those scholars and professionals whose research in the black experience can benefit from extended access to the Center's resources.

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Lapidus Center Fellowships

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery—funded by a generous $2.5 million gift from Ruth and Sid Lapidus matched by The New York Public Library—is the only facility of its kind based in a public research library.The gift also includes 400 rare items of printed material, making the Schomburg Center home to one of the world’s premier collections of slavery material. The Lapidus Center offers long-term and short-term fellowships.Read More ›

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute

The Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute encourages minority students and others with an interest in African-American , African, and African Diasporan Studies to pursue graduate degrees, especially PhDs, in the humanities. The Institute, with the help of renowned scholars, will develop and nurture the students’ interest and provide them with the requisite intellectual challenges and orientations needed to pursue humanities careers.Read More ›

Martin Duberman Visiting Fellowship

Each year, The New York Public Library selects a Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar, who receives $15,000 to support scholarship requiring substantial onsite use of the Library’s premier LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) history collections. The funding is to support travel to New York City and related expenses supporting their research. Read More ›

The RSA-Kress New York Public Library Grant

The RSA–Kress New York Public Library Grant supports a one-month residence in New York City by a member of the RSA for the purposes of Art History research in the Special Collections of The New York Public Library. For more information, visit the RSA website.

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The Gilder Lehrman Fellowships in American Civilization

The mission of the Gilder Lehrman Institute is to promote the study of American history, a goal that it serves in part through a scholarly fellowship program for work in four historical archives in New York City, including The New York Public Library. Read More ›

Black History 360°: The Schomburg's Summer Education Institute 2015

Teachers from kindergarten to college are invited to make the Schomburg Center your destination for a spectacular “education vacation” this year! Join hundreds of educators and premier scholars from across the country for lectures, interactive workshops, curriculum labs, curator talks, and community walks that explore the history and cultures of African Americans and African peoples throughout the Diaspora. Read More ›

NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers 2015

The NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers 2015 will underscore and explain the extraordinary diversity of African American communities that is reflected in contemporary classrooms. It will feature a robust schedule of educational activities and include reading periods for teachers to study, reflect, journal, and create tangible connections to their classroom curriculum work.Read More ›

The Junior Scholars Program

Each year, one hundred youth are selected to participate in a uniquely designed pre-college black studies program at the Schomburg Center/NYPL. Junior Scholars attend college-style lectures and presentations, engage in dialogue with adult scholars, participate in guided peer group discussions and activities, generate individual research projects and portfolios, and create collaborative media and arts projects that grow from their intensive study based on the Schomburg’s vast collections, exhibitions, and educational resources. The program begins on October 24, 2015 and culminates on May 14, Read More ›

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