Short-Term Research Fellowships

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer Short-Term Research Fellowships to support visiting scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research.  Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for up to four weeks and researchers must be in residence at the Library for a minimum of two weeks between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.  Scholars needing to conduct on-site research in the Library’s special collections to support projects in the humanities including but not limited to art history, cultural studies, history, literature, performing arts and photography are welcome to apply. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S.

In 2013-2014, the Library will offer additional fellowships to support the study of food and society focusing on manuscript cookbooks and related archival collections held by the Library. With support from the Pine Tree Foundation, the Food Studies Fellowships are intended to support multidisciplinary research and expose individuals working in the area of food studies to manuscript recipe books and archival collections held at the Library. Applicants for this fellowship should follow the same guidelines as the Short-Term Research Fellowship program.

Short-Term Research Fellowship important dates

Application Deadline:  April 8, 2013.
Notification:  May 3, 2013.
Award Period:  July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014.

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.

Download the Application Guidelines to ensure Short-Term Research Fellowship applications are complete before submission.

Application:  Complete applications consist of an abbreviated CV with current contact information, a research-project proposal, and desired length of residency sent as a single PDF or Word attachment no more than five pages in length.  The application and a single letter of recommendation in support of the research project must be sent to before the April 8, 2013 deadline.

Research project proposals: The research-project proposal is to include a general description or abstract of the research project, its title and format, i.e. dissertation/book/article. Applicants should then 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.

Fellowship Announcement. The awarding of the fellowships will be announced by May 3, 2013. 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 July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.  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 six weeks.

Fellow’s Report. Each fellow is required to write a brief statement about his or her project and work completed at the Library by the end of the award period.