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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.

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, 2017 may apply.


Short-Term Research Fellowship important dates

Application Deadline:  January 15, 2017

Notification:  April 21, 2017

Award Period:  June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018


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.  The proposal and CV should be no longer than 5-pages in length.  Proposals and letters of recommendation should be submitted under separate cover to no later than January 15, 2017.

Fellowship Announcement: The awarding of the fellowships will be announced on April 1, 2017. Fellowship recipients and their research projects will be acknowledged on The New York Public Library website and in Library publicity.

Residency: Fellows must take up residency between June 30, 2017 and May 31, 2018.  Fellows are expected to be in continuous residence for the duration of the fellowship award period as specified in the proposal.  The maximum proposal length is four weeks.

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.