The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


The Gotham Center: Writing the History of Greater New York Fellowship (apply by December 31)

The Gotham Center is now again taking applications for “Writing the History of Greater New York,” its new writing fellowship program established with the generous support of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. Two yearlong grants of $40,000 will be awarded to scholars with book manuscripts substantially near completion that explore 1) the history of the “outer boroughs” (Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx), 2) Long Island’s contributions to the development of the metropolitan region, or 3) that integrate the history of Long Island and New York City somehow, approaching the fields of urban / suburban history with a metropolitan / regional lens.

The award provides office space at The Graduate Center, City University of New York​ (pending developments with COVID-19), and full access to the library consortium and its subscriptions. Benefits are not included.

Applications must include PDFs of the following: an abstract, a statement of need, and a progress report (totaling no more than three pages); a writing sample of no more than ten pages (longer, published articles based on the research are permissible, too); a scholarly C.V. (no more than two pages); and three letters of reference. The applications should be emailed to with the subject line: ‘Gardiner application.’ The deadline is December 31st, 2020.

Favor will be given to independent and early-career professionals, but we invite all scholars to apply.

A selection committee will notify the successful applicants by March 15th, 2022. The fellowship will begin on September 1st, 2021, and terminate on the same date in 2021. Questions should be sent to

Gardiner fellows will be expected to submit an excerpt of no less than 50 pages of new material in late December 2021, and once more in early May 2022, for peer review by two experts in their subject area chosen by the Gotham Center. Fellows will also submit their manuscripts to Pulitzer-winning historian and Gotham Center board chairman / founder Mike Wallace, for editorial guidance at end-of-term. During the year, fellows will assist the Gotham Center in developing public programming based on their research at partnering institutions in the metropolitan region.

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