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2021-2022 Fellowships

The New-York Historical Society is now accepting applications for its fellowship program for the 2021–2022 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 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. See below for instructions and application checklists for each fellowship. The application deadline for most fellowships is January 15, 2021.

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Fellowship Descriptions

2021-22 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Awards in Women’s History
The two recipients of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Awards in Women’s History should have a strong interest in women’s and public history and the applications of these fields outside the academy. Functioning as research associates and providing programmatic support for N-YHS’s Center for Women’s History, pre-doctoral awardees will assist in the development of content for the Women's History exhibitions, associated educational curriculum, and on-site experiences for students, scholars, and visitors. They must be currently enrolled students in good standing in a relevant Ph.D. program in the humanities. The Predoctoral Awardees, whose work at N-YHS may not directly correspond with their dissertation research, will be in residence part time at the New-York Historical Society for one academic year, between September 8, 2021, and August 26, 2022, 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 15, 2021.

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2021-23 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s History and Public History
Hired for a two-year term, one Mellon Fellow works as a public historian for the New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History. The ideal candidate will have a strong scholarly background in women’s history and an interest in public history. The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will help build the interpretive and pedagogical aspects of the Center’s programming, and will be deputized with managing certain projects independently. Among the position’s responsibilities are: serving as editor-in-chief of the regular “Women at the Center” blog; working on exhibitions in development; coordinating the annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference in Women’s History; brainstorming ideas for public programs; and representing the Center in interdepartmental projects, including consulting on K-12 curricula with the Education Department. Applicants for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship must have the Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment. This fellowship will last from September 8, 2021 through August 31, 2023, and will receive a stipend of $60,000 per year, with benefits.

Application deadline: March 6, 2021.

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2021-22 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 2020. 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 8, 2021 and lasts through June 30, 2022.

Application deadline: January 15, 2021.

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2021-22 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

One fellowship for the length of a single 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 2020. 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 have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline. The ten-month residency will carry a stipend of $50,000, plus benefits. This fellowship will begin September 8, 2021 and will end June 30, 2022.

Application deadline: January 15, 2021

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2021-22 Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship
This fellowship will be awarded a candidate who has earned his/her Ph.D. no later than 2020.  Research projects should expand public understanding of New York State history and should include research based on the collections and resources of New-York Historical. This ten-month residency will carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits; it begins September 8, 2021 and lasts through June 30, 2022.

Application deadline: January 15, 2021.

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2021-22 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, 2021 and end June 30, 2022.

Application deadline: January 15, 2021

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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 Bernard L. Schwartz and 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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