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


Interior of the Cullman Center
The interior of the Cullman Center at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.


                              The competition for the 2018-2019 Cullman Center Fellowship is now closed.


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.


Annie Baker"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

Anthony Grafton
"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 Rona Jaffe Foundation, The Mrs. Giles Whiting 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.