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Short-Term Research Fellowships


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 to support projects in the humanities, business and the arts are welcome to apply.  Preference is given to scholars whose work is based on materials in the NYPL research collections, especially when those materials are unique.  

Each fellow is expected to be in residence at the Library for the duration of their fellowship and each fellow will be expected to produce a written summary of his/her experience working with the collections.  Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for a minimum of two and maximum of four weeks.  

Detailed information about the research resources of the New York Public Library can be found here.

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, 2016 may apply.

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2016

Notification Date:  April 1, 2016

Fellowship Period:  June 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017

To apply

Before applying for a Short-Term Fellowship, interested researchers are encouraged to contact the research divisions in which they are interested to gain a better understanding of the breadth and depth of relevant collection materials.

There are three sections of the application, and each must be completed for the candidate to be considered:

  • A completed online form
  • An emailed project description and abbreviated CV
  • An emailed letter of recommendation from a professional who knows your work

Project Description and Abbreviated CV guidance:  In a PDF file of no more than 5 pages, please submit an abbreviated CV and describe the project you would like to undertake using the special research collections of the New York Public Library.  Please provide a brief context of this project within any larger academic project, and be sure to give detail of which particular NYPL collections would support your work.  Please name the file using the following convention:  “(Your name as entered in the online form) Short Term Project 2016”.  After you have completed the online form, email your pdf to, using the filename as the subject line.

Please also send a letter of recommendation, under separate cover, to, with your name (as entered in the online form) as the subject line.




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