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2020-2021 Fellowships

The New-York Historical Society is now accepting applications for its fellowship program for the 2019–2020 academic year. Leveraging its rich  collections documenting American history from the perspective of New York City, New-York Historical’s fellowships—open to scholars at various times during their academic careers—provide scholars with deep resources and an intellectual community to develop new research and publications.


The New-York Historical Society was founded in 1804 and holds a distinguished collection of books, manuscripts, graphic materials, decorative objects, historical artifacts, and works of art.

The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society is home to over 350,000 books; nearly 20,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives; and distinctive collections of maps, photographs, and prints, as well as ephemera and family papers documenting the history of the United States from a distinctly New York perspective. The Library’s collections are particularly rich in material pertaining to the American Revolution and the early Republic, the Civil War, and the Gilded Age. Significant holdings relate to Robert Livingston and the Livingston family, Rufus King, Horatio Gates, Albert Gallatin, Cadwallader Colden, Robert Fulton, Richard Varick, and many other notable individuals. Also well documented within the Library’s collections are major social movements in American history, especially abolitionism, temperance, and social welfare. The Library’s visual archives include some of the earliest photographs of New York; a significant collection of Civil War images; and the archives of major architectural firms of the later 19th century. Among the more than 1.6 million works that comprise the Museum’s art collections are all 435 preparatory watercolors for John James Audubon’s Birds of America; a preeminent collection of Hudson River School landscapes; and an exceptional collection of decorative and fine arts spanning four centuries.

The New-York Historical Society provides a rich environment for research and learning. Fellows are encouraged to explore the collections and to take advantage of the full scope of the library and museum’s resources and to share their research during their tenure through informal talks and blog posts. Educational outreach and public programs further support New-York Historical’s intellectual mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural, and social history of New York and the nation, as well as the making and the meaning of history.

Click here for a complete list of New-York Historical Society Research Fellowship Recipients, 1999-2020.

Fellowship Descriptions

The New-York Historical Society offers several long- and short-term fellowships during the academic year. Fellowships are open to scholars at various times during their academic careers. Visit nyhistory.org/library/fellowships for instructions and application checklists for each fellowship. The application deadline for all fellowships is January 3, 2020.

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships in Women’s History
The two recipients of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships in Women's History should have a strong interest in the fields of women’s and public history. This unique, part-time fellowship introduces young scholars to work outside the academy in public history and may not directly correspond with their dissertation research. They must be currently enrolled students in good standing in a relevant Ph.D. program in the humanities. The Predoctoral Fellows will be in residence part time at the New-York Historical Society for one academic year, between September 9, 2020, and August 28, 2021, and will receive a stipend of $20,000 per year. This position is not full time and will not receive full benefits.

Application deadline: January 3, 2020

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Helen and Robert Appel Fellowship in History and Technology
The fellowship will be awarded to a candidate who has earned his/her Ph.D. no later than 2019. Research projects should be based on the collections of New-York Historical and explore the impact of technology on history. The fellowship will carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits. It begins September 9, 2020, and lasts through June 30, 2021.

Application deadline: January 3, 2020

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National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
One fellowship for the length of an academic  year is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities for the sake of research at the New-York Historical Society. The fellowship is available to individuals who have completed their formal professional training and have received their final degree or certificate by 2019. They should have a strong record of accomplishment within their field. There is no restriction relating to age or academic status of applicants. Foreign nationals are eligible to apply if they meet visa requirements for working in the U.S. The ten-month residency will carry a stipend of $42,000, plus benefits. This fellowship will begin September 9, 2020 and will end June 30, 2021.

Application deadline: January 3, 2020

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Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship
This fellowship will be awarded to a candidate who has earned his/her Ph.D. no later than 2019. Research projects should expand public understanding of New York State and City history and should include research based on the collections and resources of New-York Historical. This 10-month residency will carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits. It begins September 9, 2020, and lasts through June 30, 2021.

Application deadline: January 3, 2020

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Short Term Fellowships
Several short term fellowships will be awarded to scholars at any academic level working in the library collections of the New-York Historical Society. Research is to be conducted for two to four weeks for a stipend of between $2,000. The fellowship period will begin July 1, 2020 and end June 29, 2021.

Application deadline: January 3, 2020.

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Fellowships at the New-York Historical Society are made possible through the generous endowment of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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