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2022-2023 Fellowships

The New-York Historical Society will announce the call for fellowship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year in early fall 2021. 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 offers several long- and short-term fellowships during the academic year.  Fellowships are open to scholars at various times during their academic careers. Applicants are advised that they may not participate in external employment while holding a fellowship. In other words, fellows are fully in residence during the term of their fellowships. Any queries regarding fellowships, please email

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Fellowship Descriptions

2021-23 Public Humanities Fellowship
The New-York Historical Society, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, invites candidates with a humanities MA or Ph.D. to apply for the position of Public Humanities Fellow in connection with the traveling exhibit Acts of Faith: Religion and the American West, which opens at the New-York Historical Society in New York City in Nov. 2022. We are looking for candidates with significant expertise in 19th-century religion, particularly as it relates to Native American religion and spirituality. Applicants must have graduated from a humanities MA or Ph.D. program (including public history and museum studies) within the last five years, and have a desire to practice publicly engaged scholarship. This is a two-year, full-time position, with the anticipated dates of Sept. 2021 through Aug. 2023, with the possibility of remote work during the first year. The position comes with a stipend of $50,000 per year and benefits. Some travel may be required.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

To apply, please click here 

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, 1999-2021

Fellowships at the New-York Historical Society are made possible through the generous endowments of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, and Helen and Robert Appel. Major support for fellowships is provided by the Lehrman Institute. All fellows receive research stipends while in residency.  

Short term fellowships are made possible by support from the Society of Colonial Wars, Helen and Robert Appel, Sid Lapidus, Pam Schafler, Society of Daughters of Holland Dames, Richard Brown and Mary Jo Otsea, Patricia D. Klingenstein, Causeries du Lundi, the Peck Stacpoole Foundation, and the Pine Tree Foundation of New York.

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