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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; fellowships are normally not granted to scholars who live within commuting distance of the library.  Each fellow is expected to be in residence at the library for the duration of their fellowship, during the period from June 1, 2015 through May 30, 2016, and each fellow will be expected to produce a written summary of his/her experience working with the collections.  Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for a minimum of two and maximum of four weeks.  Please visit for detailed information about the research resources of The New York Public Library.

Applications for the 2015-2016 cycle are under review and applicants will be notified of the results via email on May 15, 2015.  The next fellowship cycle will be announced in September of 2015.

Award Period:  June 1, 2015 – May 30, 2016.

Application:  Complete applications consist of an abbreviated CV with current contact information, a research project proposal, and preferred dates of residency.  Applications should be no more than five pages in length.  A single letter of recommendation, sent under separate cover, must be submitted also. All materials must be sent to

Research project proposals: The research project proposal should include a general description or abstract of the research project, its title and format, i.e. dissertation/book/article. Applicants should identify specific material(s) to be consulted during the desired dates of the fellowship period. Successful proposals will also include an in-depth explanation of how collections existing only at the New York Public Library are essential to the progress and completion of the research project.

Residency. Fellows must take up residency between June 1, 2015 and May 30, 2016.  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.  


List of 2014-2015 fellows and projects

  • Kate Addleman-Frankel, University of Toronto, "Héliogravure and the Art of Reproduction, 1825–1869.”
  • Adam Coombs, Indiana University, "Aesthetics of Black Entrepreneurship in 20th Century US Culture."  
  • Ninoska M’bewe Escobar, University of Texas-Austin, "Wrought with Light and Dreams: Auto/Body/Graphy and the Persistence of Pearl Primus."
  • Susanna W. Gold, Temple University, "The Color of My Father: Trans-racial Identification in American Visual Culture."
  • Joseph Christian Greer, University of Amsterdam, “The PC is the LSD of the 1990s”: The Role of Timothy Leary’s Technophilic Esotericism in Cyberpunk Literature.
  • Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee “From Manuscript to Print: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel.”
  • Yasmine Marie Jahanmir, University of California-Santa Barbara, “Bathing Beauties”: Gender, Nationalism, and Parody in Theatrical and Competitive Synchronized Swimming.
  • Nicole M. Leopoldie, University of Texas at Arlington and Université Paris- Diderot, “The Franco-American Love Affair: Transnational Marriage and Cultural Infatuation in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century.”
  • Alfred L. Martin, University of Texas-Austin, "Celluloid Motown:  Motown Productions, The Wiz and the Recuperation of Authentic Blackness."
  • Megan Metcalf, University of California-Los Angeles, “Dancing is a Process that Never Stops: Merce Cunningham’s Choreography of Spectatorship in the Contemporary Art Museum.”
  • Tammy-Cherelle Owens, University of Minnesota "Making Black Girls Real: The invention of Black Girlhood in the U.S., 1861-1963."
  • Stephanie Christine Porras, Tulane University “Maarten de Vos: a Renaissance life in between.”
  • Barbora Příhodová, Masaryk University  “Transatlantic Influences in Performing Arts:  Richard Rychtarik's Stage Design.”
  • Mary Simonson, Colgate University, “‘Expressing the Invisible’: Rethinking Sound in Maya Deren’s Films.”
  • Summar C. Sparks, The University of North Carolina-Greensboro, “Unbound Regionalism: Nineteenth-Century Southern Editors and American Nationalism.”    
  • Jessica Stair, University of California, Berkeley, California, “Indigenous Literacy and Systems of Remembrance in the Techialoyan Manuscripts of Seventeenth-Century New Spain.”
  • David Kelley Thomson, University of Georgia, “Bonds of War: Capital and Citizenship in the Civil War Era.”
  • Megan Threlkeld, Denison University, “Women and World Citizenship Before 1945.”
  • Peter Wood, University of Pittsburgh, "Mammon’s Revenge: the Living Theatre at the Intersection of Art, Commerce, & Law."
  • Marc Wortman, independent, “1941: Waking to War: Uncensored, The Writer’s Anti-War Bureau and Its Role in the Prewar Isolationist Campaign.”
  • Natale A. Zappia, Whittier College, "Food Frontiers: Indigenous and Euro-American Ecologies in the Early American West."