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The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers


Photograph by Jonathan Blanc


The competition for the 2017-18 fellowship is now open.  Apply HERE

The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. EST,  September 30th, 2016.


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). The Center appoints 15 Fellows a year for a nine-month term at the Library, from September through May. In addition to working on their own projects, the Fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the Center and in public forums throughout the Library.
I’ve never had an opportunity like this; to just be able to study, study, study, with no deadlines and no pressure. It’s simply been about enrichment and research.  And that is the great privilege of the Cullman fellowship: to see where your mind takes you. To have the time and the resources to pursue your own intellectual adventure.                                                          -Annie Baker, Fellow 2015-2016
I have always been a skeptic about research centers, but this year has converted me—at least so far as the Cullman is concerned—into a believer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -Anthony Grafton, Fellow 2013-2014
The Cullman Center is made possible by a generous endowment from Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman in honor of Brooke Russell Astor, with major support provided by Mrs. John L. Weinberg, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Estate of Charles J. Liebman, John and Constance Birkelund, The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and additional gifts from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Helen and Roger Alcaly, The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, William W. Karatz, Mary Ellen von der Heyden, Merilee and Roy Bostock, The Arts and Letters Foundation, Lybess Sweezy and Ken Miller, and Cullman Center Fellows.

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