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Lapidus Center Fellowships

Application process opens September 3, 2014

Application deadline for long-term fellowships Spring 2015: November 1, 2014

Application deadline for long-term fellowships Fall 2015-Spring 2016: November 15, 2014

Application deadline for short-term fellowships Spring 2015: November 1, 2014

 

Long-term Fellowships

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery is pleased to offer four long-term fellowships (two for 2015 and two for 2015-2016)  to assist scholars whose research on transatlantic slavery can benefit from extended access to the Schomburg Center's resources. These fellowships will allow recipients to spend six months in residence with an office, a computer, and full access to physical and electronic resources at the Schomburg Center and other research units of The New York Public Library.

Candidates may apply for the 2015 session (January 5- June 30) or the 2015-2016 session (September 2015-February 2016).

Scope

The Lapidus residency program is designed to (1) encourage research and writing on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic world, (2) to promote and facilitate interaction among the participants including fellows funded by other sources, and (3) to facilitate the dissemination of the researchers' findings through lectures, publications, and the ongoing Schomburg Center Colloquium and Seminar Series. Applicants must indicate in their proposal how they propose to use the resources of the Schomburg Center as well as those of other research units of The New York Public Library to further their research.

For access to the catalogs of the Schomburg Center and The New York Public Library, go to: http://catalog.nypl.org. For assistance from a reference librarian, call 212-491-2218.

Eligibility

The Fellowship Program is open to post-doctoral scholars studying the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World. 

Only US citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline may apply.

Selection Criteria

Applications for the program will be reviewed by a Selection Committee consisting of the Lapidus Center Director and external reviewers. Fellows will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Relationship of the project to the resources of the Schomburg Center.

  • Qualifications of the applicant.

  • Quality and feasibility of the project plan.

  • Likelihood that the project will be completed successfully.

  • The provisions for making the results of the project available to scholars and to the public at large.

Stipends and Residency

Fellowships are awarded for continuous periods of six months at the Schomburg Center with a stipend of $30,000. Fellows must devote full time to their research projects. They are expected to be in continuous residence at the Schomburg Center and to participate in the intellectual life of the Program. They may not be employed during the period in residence except sabbaticals from their own institutions. They may supplement their stipends with support from their own institution or small outside grants if the requisite approval is received from the Schomburg Center.

2015 Fellows will begin residence at the Center on January 5, 2015; 2015-2016 Fellows will begin residence in September 2015.

Application Instructions

A complete application must include:

  • ​The Lapidus Center Fellowships  application  

  • A description of the proposed study

  • Curriculum vitae (limit to 3 pages)

  • Three letters of reference

Description of Study

In no more than 1,500 words the applicant should provide a detailed description of the proposed study, including but by no means restricted to the following elements:

  • A statement of the topic under consideration with specific reference to the major questions, problems, and theses being investigated.

  • An outline of the plan for carrying out the study or project.

  • Discussion of the sources in the Schomburg Center and other research units of The New York Public Library for the study and plans for examining them.

  • Description of research methods.

  • Applicant's competence in the use of any foreign languages needed to complete the study.

  • The place of the study in the applicant's overall research and writing program.

  • The significance of the study for the applicant's field and for the humanities in general.

  • The final objective and expected products of the study. Plans for publications, lectures, exhibitions, teaching, and other vehicles of dissemination should be detailed. Fellows will be expected to share their findings through these means and as participants in the Schomburg Center Colloquium and Seminar Series during their residency.

Schedules

2015 Session

Deadline for all application materials: November 1, 2014

Notification will be made on December 1, 2014

Commencement of grant period: January 5, 2015

Conclusion of grant period: June 30, 2015

To apply, click here

 

2015-2016 Session:

Deadline for all application materials: November 15, 2014

Notification will be made in March 2015

Commencement of grant period: September 2015

Conclusion of grant period: February 27, 2016

To apply, click here

 

Short-Term fellowships

The Lapidus Center is pleased to offer five short-term  fellowships to support visiting scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in research on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic world.  

These three-month fellowships aim to assist researchers gain access to collection material at the Schomburg Center not readily available elsewhere.  Fellowships are awarded for continuous periods of three months at the  Center with a stipend of $6,000.

The fellowships start March 1 and end May 31, 2015.  Fellows are expected to be in continuous residence for the duration of the fellowship award period as specified in the proposal.  

Applications for the program will be reviewed by a Selection Committee consisting of the Lapidus Center Director and external reviewers.

Eligibility

The Fellowship Program is open to doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars, and independent researchers studying the slave trade, slavery, abolition, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World.

Only US citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline may apply.

Selection Criteria

  • Relationship of the project to the resources of the Schomburg Center.

  • Qualifications of the applicant.

  • Quality and feasibility of the project plan.

  • Likelihood that the project will be completed successfully.

  • The provisions for making the results of the project available to scholars and to the public at large.

Report 

Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows will be required to present the results of their research and to submit a report about his or her project and work completed at the Center.

Application Instructions

A complete application must include:

  • ​The Lapidus Center Fellowships application 

  • A description of the proposed study

  • Curriculum vitae (limit to 3 pages)

  • Three letters of reference addressing the significance of the candidate’s work and his/her ability to fulfill the proposed work

Description of Study

In no more than 1000 words the applicant should provide a detailed description of the proposed study, including:

  • A statement of the topic under consideration with specific reference to the major questions, problems, and theses being investigated.

  • An outline of the plan for carrying out the study or project.

  • Discussion of the sources in the Schomburg Center for the study and plans for examining them.

  • The final objective and expected products of the study. Plans for publications, lectures, exhibitions, teaching, and other vehicles of dissemination should be detailed.

Schedule

A complete application package must be received by November 1, 2014

Notification will be made by January 10, 2015

Commencement of grant period: March 1, 2015

Conclusion of grant period: May 31, 2015.

To apply, click here