The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building — including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets).
The center appoints fifteen fellows a year for a nine-month term, from September through May, at the library. In addition to working on their own projects, the fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the center and in library-sponsored public forums.
Candidates who need to work primarily in NYPL's other research centers — the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Science, Industry and Business Library — are not eligible for this fellowship.
Fellows are required to work at the Cullman Center, on the project for which they applied, for the duration of the fellowship term. Fellows may have a few prior brief commitments, but must limit research trips, attendance at scholarly meetings, and speaking engagements, and may not accept other major work obligations during the course of their fellowship.
Fellowships will not be granted to postdoctoral fellows or to applicants doing graduate-school dissertation research.
For complete program guidelines, including information about past recipients and projects as well as application instructions, see the NYPL website.