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Short-Term Research Fellowships



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Fellows work closely with the Library's special collections.

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 are welcome to apply.  Preference is given to applications making a strong case for accessing special collections materials.  

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

Questions about the Short-Term Research Fellowships should be directed to the curatorial staff in the area of the applicant’s interest.  Please visit for detailed information about the research resources of The New York Public Library.

Key Dates:  Applications for residence between June 1, 2018 - May 30, 2019 will be invited from November 2017.  We are updating our application portal now, and expect to open it by the end of this month.  The application period will run through February 15, 2018.

Eligibility:  Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years as of January 31, 2018 may apply.

Application:  A complete application consists of three parts: the online application form, a project proposal (including an abbreviated CV) and a professional letter of recommendation.  The project proposal is to include a general description or abstract of the research project, its title and format and the applicant's contact details. Applicants should identify specific material(s) to be consulted during the desired dates of the fellowship period. Successful applications 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.  

Fellow’s Blog: Each fellow is required to write a blog post of approximately 500 words to appear on about his or her project and work completed at the Library by the end of the award period.