New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowships


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.

Prospective fellows should direct inquiries regarding collections to the curatorial staff in their area of interest. Please visit for detailed information about the research services and collections of The New York Public Library.

Key Dates: The 2019-2020 application cycle is closed. Applications for residence between June 1, 2020 - May 30, 2021 will be invited in October of 2019.

Eligibility: Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for three years as of January 31, 2020 may apply.

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. More information about the application process will be made available in October of 2019. 

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.