New York Historical Society Mellon Fellowships

The New-York Historical Society was founded in 1804. It holds a distinguished collection of books, manuscripts, graphic materials, decorative objects, historical artifacts, and works of art.

The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society is home to over 350,000 books, nearly 20,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives, and distinctive collections of maps, photographs, and prints, as well as ephemera and family papers documenting the history of the United States from a distinctly New York perspective. The Library’s collections are particularly rich in material pertaining to the American Revolution and the early Republic, the Civil War, and the Gilded Age. Significant holdings relate to Robert Livingston and the Livingston family, Rufus King, Horatio Gates, Albert Gallatin, Cadwallader Colden, Robert Fulton, Richard Varick, and many other notable individuals. Also well documented within the Library’s collections are major social movements in American history, especially abolitionism, temperance, and social welfare. The Library’s visual archives include some of the earliest photographs of New York; a significant collection of Civil War images; and the archives of major architectural firms of the later 19th century. Among the more than 1.6 million works that comprise the museum’s art collections are all 435 preparatory watercolors for John James Audubon’s Birds of America; a preeminent collection of Hudson River School landscapes; and an exceptional collection of decorative and fine arts spanning four centuries.

The New-York Historical Society provides a rich research environment that promotes an active intellectual community. Fellows are encouraged to explore the collections and to take advantage of the full scope of the library and museum’s resources and to share their research during their tenure through informal talks and blog posts. Educational outreach and public programs further support New-York Historical’s intellectual mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural, and social history of New York and the nation, as well as the making and the meaning of history.

The New-York Historical Society offers several long- and short-term fellowships during the academic year. Designed to encourage and promote the use of the institution’s diverse collections of primary and secondary sources, the fellowships are open to scholars at various times during their academic careers.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship will be awarded to a candidate who has earned their PhD in between 2013 and 2015. Research projects should be based in some way on the collections and resources of the N-YHS. This ten-month residency will carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits. The fellowship will begin September 5, 2018 and will last through June 29, 2019. Application requirements include:

  • A two- to three-page proposal describing the theme of the research project and the New-York Historical Society resources critical to the project
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A short writing sample of no more than 3,000 words or ten pages
  • Three letters of recommendation

Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships

This fellowship will be awarded to an early-career scholar. Research projects should expand public understanding of New York State history and should include research based on the collections and resources of the New-York Historical Society. This ten-month residency will carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits. The fellowship will begin September 5, 2018 and will last through June 29, 2019.

Applicants should be early career scholars with projects that expand on the understanding of New York State history. Application requirements include:

  • A two- to three-page proposal describing the theme of the research project and the New-York Historical Society resources critical to the project
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A short writing sample of no more than 3,000 words or ten pages
  • Three letters of recommendation
Application date
8 Jan 2018
Date of residence
5 Sep 2018 to 29 Jun 2019
Duration
10 months
Country
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Discipline
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Architecture Art & Art History Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
2
Award granted
US$ 60.000
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