Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center Fellowship 2025-2026 (Stipend of up to $85,000)

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library is proud to announce its fellowship program for the 2025-2026 academic year.

Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center Fellowship 2025-2026
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center Fellowship 2025-2026

This prestigious fellowship offers a unique opportunity for outstanding scholars, writers, and artists to pursue their research and creative projects while immersed in the rich resources of one of the world’s greatest libraries.

We encourage interested individuals to review the detailed application guidelines given below and submit their proposals for this transformative fellowship experience.

Fellowship Overview:

The Cullman Center provides a supportive and collaborative environment for up to 15 fellows each year. Selected individuals will have the chance to work on their projects for nine months, from September through May, while engaging with a diverse community of thinkers and creators.

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center Fellowship offers an extraordinary opportunity for intellectual growth and creative development. It aims to advance scholarship and artistic creation across a wide range of disciplines.

Eligibility Criteria Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center Fellowship

  • Open to academics, independent scholars, journalists, creative writers, and visual artists
  • Applicants should be working on a project that would benefit from access to the New York Public Library’s resources
  • Both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals are welcome to apply
  • Candidates must have published at least one book or produced a substantial body of work

Fellowship Benefits:

  • Stipend of up to $85,000
  • Private office space in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
  • Full access to the Library’s physical and digital collections
  • Opportunities for collaboration and intellectual exchange with fellow recipients
  • Potential to present work-in-progress at public events

Application Process

The application process is simple, it involves the following steps:

  • Submit a detailed project proposal
  • Provide a curriculum vitae
  • Include samples of previous work
  • Secure letters of recommendation from three reference
  • The selection committee will choose fellows based on the quality and significance of their proposed projects, their potential to contribute to the intellectual community at the Cullman Center, and their need for the Library’s resources.

Application link:

Official website:

Application Deadline:

September 27, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I apply if I’m currently enrolled in a degree program?

The fellowship is designed for individuals who have completed their formal education. Current students are not eligible.

Is housing provided as part of the fellowship?

No, fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements. However, the stipend is intended to help cover living expenses in New York City.

Are there any residency requirements during the fellowship period?

Yes, we expect fellows to work at the Center daily and participate in the Center’s activities.

Can I apply for a shorter period than the full nine months?

The fellowship committee designs the program as a nine-month commitment, and they prefer applicants who can commit to the full term.

Are there any restrictions on the types of projects that can be proposed?

There are no strict limitations, however, projects should be able to benefit significantly from the Library’s resources and contribute to scholarly or creative fields.

Is it possible to hold other fellowships or grants simultaneously?

Fellows may not hold other major fellowships during their Cullman Center tenure, but smaller grants for specific expenses may be permitted.



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