Short-Term Research Fellowships

Grace Hartigan in her Essex Street studio
Grace Hartigan in her Essex Street studio photo by Walter Silver (1923-1998)Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection



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 and international applicants based outside of the New York metropolitan area are welcome to apply. 

Key Dates: The 2023-2024 application cycle is closed. Applicants will be notified on May 2, 2023. The award period is July 10, 2023 - May 31, 2024.

Applications for fellowships between July 2024 - May 2025, will be invited beginning October 2023. 

Applications: 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.

The 2023-2024 Short-Term Fellowships application cycle will open in October 2023.


The New York Public Library's Short-Term Research Fellowship Program is generously supported by the Sidney J. Weinberg, Jr. Foundation.