Short-Term Research Fellowships


Jack Kerouac's proposed front cover design for a paperback edition of On the Road.
From the Jack Kerouac papers in the Berg Collection of English and American Literature

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer Short-Term Research Fellowships to support scholars, based outside the New York metropolitan area, engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research in the arts and humanities. This fellowship is intended to support projects that would significantly benefit from research conducted on-site at one of our three research centers, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, drawing from collections unique to The New York Public Library. 

Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for a minimum of two and a maximum of four concurrent weeks.  

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Eligibility:  U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and foreign nationals who have been in residence in the United States for at minimum three years as of the application closing date. 

Key Dates: The 2022-2023 application cycle is closed. Applicants will be notified on May 3, 2022. The award period is July 1, 2022 - May 31, 2023.

Applications for fellowships between July 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024, will be invited in October of 2022. 

Application: Applicants will be required to complete an online application form and provide a project proposal of no more than three pages, an abbreviated CV of no more than two pages, and one professional letter of recommendation. 

Project Proposal: ​ To include a general description or abstract of the research project, its title and format, and the applicant's contact details. Successful applicants 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.

Blog: Each fellowship recipient is required to write a blog post, between 500-1000 words in length, about their project and research conducted at the Library. 

More information on the application process will be made available in October 2022.