Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Fellowship Program at the New-York Historical Society?

The Fellowship Program at the New-York Historical Society is highly competitive and selective, intended to provide scholars at various times during their careers with access to the collections of the Library and Museum. The collections, established in 1804, comprise an unparalleled resource for the use of primary documents and objects of material culture. Recognized widely for the distinguished nature of its exhibitions and programs, New-York Historical has long been recognized as one of the premier institutions in the nation for the study of American history. The fellowship program includes short-term fellowships for brief, non-residential consultation of the collections, as well as resident fellowships.

What fellowships are available?
The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library and the Center for Women's History at the New-York Historical Society currently offer a variety of fellowships:
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Women's History
Helen and Robert Appel Fellowship in History and Technology
The National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship 
Robert David Lion Gardiner Fellowship in New York area and Long Island History
Short-Term Fellowships

Please explain the fellowship application process.Please refer to link for appropriate fellowship to determine requirements. A selection committee will convene approximately one month after the January deadline. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-to-late February or early March. 


How do I submit my application materials?
Applications must be submitted via Interfolio by following the link on the particular fellowship's description page on the N-YHS website. Here one also may find specific fellowship requirements

How long should my writing sample be?
Writing samples should be no more than ten pages or 3,000 words in length. Excerpts from larger works are acceptable, as are complete essays or articles.

How long should my project proposal be?
Project proposals should be two to three pages long.

What information should be included in my Curriculum Vitae?
Curriculum Vitae should include date of Ph.D. (if held) and conferring institution, current institutional affiliation and rank, mailing and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and other relevant information pertaining to your scholarly background and suitability for the desired fellowship.

I do not have a Ph.D. May I apply?
Yes, The National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship welcomes applicants who have completed formal academic training and are not in the process of gaining a degree. For this fellowship, Ph.D.s are not required. However both the Appel and Gardiner Foundation Fellowships do require the PhD at the time of applying. The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s History requires a Ph.D. Applicants for the Mellon Predoctoral Awards must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the humanities and be on track to completing their degree. Short-term fellowship applicants should at least be enrolled in a doctoral program at a university.

May I apply to more than one of the offered fellowships?
Yes. Provided you satisfy a specific fellowship’s criteria, you may apply to multiple N-YHS fellowships.

What is the procedure for applying for more than one New-York Historical Society Fellowship?
Follow the specific requirements for each fellowship as outlined on the website and submit separate application packages via Interfolio as directed. It is acceptable to use the same letters of support for multiple fellowships; recommenders, however, need only submit one letter via email.

How do I submit letters of recommendation?
Letters of recommendation should be uploaded to Interfolio, preferably on letterhead. If this proves to be problematic, instruct your recommender to email letters directly to including your last name and fellowship name (or names) in the subject line. It is your responsibility to inform recommenders of the January deadline. Letters of recommendation should be addressed to the Fellowship Selection Committee.

May I work if I receive an N-YHS fellowship?
Resident fellows are expected to be in residence at the N-YHS full time. Outside employment may not interfere with a fellow's work for the New-York Historical Society or create a potential conflict of interest. Fellows should disclose and receive clearance for freelance work or outside employment prior to accepting a fellowship. The NEH explicitly forbids Fellows from external employment during the term of the fellowship. 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.

I am applying from outside the United States. What do I need to do to be considered?
N-YHS welcomes international applicants for fellowships, provided they can successfully obtain a visa. Foreign nationals who are not residents of the US must be able to obtain a J-1 visa to accept an award.

Please Note: Foreign nationals are eligible to apply to the NEH fellowship, if they have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

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