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New York Public Library Long-Term Fellowships

New York Public Library is proud to offer National Endowment for the Humanities Long-Term Fellowships to support advanced research that is being conducted at the Center for Research in the Humanities, located in the Library’s flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Scholars researching the history, literature, and culture of peoples represented in the Schwarzman Building’s collections, as well as professionals working in fields related to the Library’s holdings, such as librarianship and archives administration, special collections, photography, prints, and maps, are eligible for fellowships. Projects that rely largely on collections used to progress the social sciences, science and technology, psychology, education and religion are acceptable, but only if the initiative adopts a humanistic perspective, uses humanities-related approaches traditionally, and adds to the body of knowledge that illuminates the human experience. The NEH Long-Term Fellowships provide a stipend of $45,000 to two fellows for nine months. The application date is January 10, 2022. This fellowship will fund research initiatives that will make use of the Schwarzman Building’s resources.

A Selection Committee of five external reviewers, distinguished professionals from the disciplines of study covered in this fellowship, will assess applications. In addition, the Fellowship Program Director will head the Selection Committee and act as an ex-officio, non-voting member. The criteria will be based on the applicant’s qualifications, the quality and feasibility of the project plan, the importance of the project to the applicant’s field and the humanities, the project’s relationship to the humanities, the project’s relationship to the Schwarzman Building’s resources. Fellows are given a designated, quiet place in one of the Center for Research in the Humanities’ study rooms (shared workspaces for qualified researchers and authors). Fellows are asked to participate in NYPL’s more significant intellectual life rooted in the Center by attending or collaborating with staff on a research programme such as Doc Chat, Work/Cited, or Works-in-Progress, in addition to their daily research and writing. The Library will also assist fellows in publishing a guest blog post for their website and, if necessary, arranging a research symposium focusing on their project’s emphasis.

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Brief Description

Below a brief description of the scholarship is given:

OrganizationNew York Public Library
Educational LevelAdvanced degree students
Access ModeOnline
Number of AwardsVaries
Application DeadlineJanuary 10, 2022
Application FeeNIL
RequirementsApplication, project proposal, writing sample, CV and three professional letters of recommendation

Who is Eligible?

The fellowship is not for people who want to do research that will lead to a degree. Advanced degree candidates must have earned their degree by the application deadline. Citizens and permanent residents of the United States, as well as foreign nationals who have resided in the United States for at least three years previous to the application deadline of January 10, 2022, are eligible to apply. Fellows are expected to live in continuous residency from September 1, 2022, to May 31, 2023, for the fellowship grant period.

How to Apply?

Please visit the NYPL Fellowship Portal to apply for an NEH Long-Term Fellowship. Your application must include the following items to be deemed complete:

  • A profile and application form completed in the NYPL Fellowship Portal
  • A project proposal of no more than five pages
  • A writing sample of no more than five pages
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Three professional letters of recommendation

Supporting Documents

For the application, you’ll need an abstract of the project’s central themes, questions, and theses, a sketch of the project plan, a list of specific library materials/collections to be consulted during the fellowship, a description of the proposed methodological approach, the significance of the proposal in the applicant’s field and the humanities in general, and expected project outcomes, including plans for dissemination at NYPL and elsewhere.

Application Deadline

The last date to apply is January 10, 2022. Late submission is not accepted.

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