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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. The program is limited to emerging and/or independent scholars—those without tenured academic appointments or who are unaffiliated with an academic institution. Applicants must reside outside of New York City to be eligible for the Fellowship, but must have U.S. citizenship or have the legal right to work in the U.S. 

The recipient of the award will be required to stay and research at the Library for a minimum of three months. They will also be required to give a public talk on their research and the collections they have used, as well as a blog post for the Library’s website.

Applications will be considered based on their demonstrated need for the Library’s collections to support the proposed research project, the quality of their work, and their promise as a scholar.

Interested applicants should send a research proposal of approximately five pages introducing their research and specifying the relevant collections at the Library for their project, a draft budget and itinerary for their planned trip, a CV, an appropriate letter of recommendation, and an example of their scholarship (article, chapter, or essay). Applications should be emailed to  as one unified pdf document. The writing sample may be attached separately. Letters of recommendation can also be mailed separately. Applications must be received by April 30th. Notice of awards will be sent beginning June 1st. The award and fellowship must take place between July 2015 and June 2016.

The Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars are funded by the generous support of Martin Duberman and Eli Zal.

 If you have any questions about the program or the Library’s collections, please contact Jason Baumann, Coordinator of Collection Assessment, Humanities, and LGBT Collections,