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Short-Term Research Fellowships




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Fellows work closely with the Library's special collections.

Update:  The announcement of successful applicants will be made on April 25, 2018.

The 2018-2019 application cycle has now closed.  Please contact Carolyn Broomhead ( with any questions.

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.   Questions about the application process should be directed to Carolyn Broomhead (

Key Dates:  The deadline for the 2018-2019 fellowship year was February 15, 2018 and applicants will be notified of results on April 25, 2018.  If you would like to apply for the next fellowship cycle, please visit this page again in October 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, 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.   Applications are submitted through NYPL's Fellowship Portal, where applicants are invited to create an account and upload a CV and then apply for the Short Term Fellowships specifically.

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.