The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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Cultural Policy Research Fellowship

Doctoral students at The Graduate Center are invited to apply for a year-long Cultural Policy Research Fellowship that will help the City strengthen its arts advocacy network and advance cultural policies that will achieve a more equitable cultural sector. Applicants may be at any stage of their studies, with some preference shown to those who are more advanced. The Fellow will help to insure that robust research into social issues, national and international precedents, and lessons learned elsewhere will inform the City’s cultural policy.

The ideal candidate will have a background in policy analysis, an interest in researching arts and cultural policy, and a willingness to work in conjunction with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The Fellow will be housed within the Center for Urban Research (CUR), under the mentorship of Professor John Mollenkopf, with CUR providing training and support in the areas of data analysis and visualization and access to data on employment, demographics, earnings, sales and tax revenues, and other administrative data. The Fellow will also do field work with New York’s deep network of arts organizations.

We anticipate that the Fellow will:
Research and write reports, white papers, and briefs on current arts policy issues;
Undertake longer-term research which may be related to a dissertation, as determined by the student and approved by her or his advisors and Professor Mollenkopf.
Harness existing datasets to produce briefs or profiles for public dissemination.
Contribute to public dialog through social media, op-eds, and sector-specific publication portals
Attend and present to government and sector-specific meetings and convenings.

The Fellowship will be for one calendar year, potentially renewable. It provides an annual stipend of $30,000, payment of full time in-state tuition and fees, and provision for individual health insurance through the CUNY plan.

Applicants should send a statement of interest, CV, transcript, and names of two references to Professor Mollenkopf by September 15, 2015, preferably by email to

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