The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


NYPL Short-Term Research Fellowships  

The Gotham Center for New York City History and Uris Foundation are pleased to offer short-term fellowships to support graduate students from the City University of New York (CUNY) in furthering the study of New York City history through New York Public Library (NYPL) collection materials. Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for a minimum of two and maximum of four weeks. 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.

The fellowship is open to doctoral students and graduate students matriculated at CUNY whose research touches on any aspect of New York City history: political, economic, social, or cultural. This fellowship is a joint venture between NYPL and The Gotham Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY.


A complete application consists of three parts: the online application form, a project proposal (no more than 3 pages), an abbreviated CV (no more than 2 pages) 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. Applications are submitted through NYPL’s Fellowship Portal, where applicants are invited to create an account and upload a CV and then apply for the Short Term Fellowships specifically.

Each fellow is required to participate in a research roundtable and/or write a blog post about his or her project and work completed at the Library by the end of the award period.

(If you receive an award, please let the PhD Program in History know by writing to

The application deadline is April 1st, 2020.