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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Receipt Deadline: December 1, 2017

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind. For 90 years, the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. The Center’s collections include manuscript collections, bound volumes, microforms, photographic images, and serials from the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Europe, India, and Australia.

In addition to its role as a leading repository, the Schomburg Center is also a vibrant cultural hub that hosts a wealth of educational programs, exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, seminars, and community events. Since 1986, the Schomburg Center’s Scholars-in-Residence Program has awarded fellowships to academics whose research and writing on black history and culture would benefit from extended access to the Center’s resources.

The Program selects its fellows annually through a competitive process lead by a committee of experts with national and international reputations in the fields of black history and culture. Benefits of the fellowship include: a six-month stipend of $30,000, use of a furnished office space at the Schomburg Center, and access to research assistants and advice from the Center’s curatorial staff. Fellows are also encouraged to take advantage of the scholarly atmosphere the Center provides by participating in colloquia, seminars, and conferences hosted at the Center.


Host Institutions: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library
Location: New York, NY
Point of Contact: Dr. Farah Griffin, Director, Scholars-in-Residence Program
Phone: (212) 491-2228

About NEH Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

The National Endowment for the Humanities provides grants to independent centers for advanced study and international research organizations to support fellowship programs for humanities scholars through its Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). NEH fellowships provide scholars with stipends, a collegial environment, and access to resources that might not be available at their home institutions.

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States, or American overseas research centers or other organizations that have expertise in promoting research on foreign cultures. The centers and organizations establish their own peer review procedures for the selection of NEH grant recipients and administer the awards. NEH provides funding for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months.

Amount of Award

Amount of the award will vary by the number and length of the fellowships offered by the host institution.


Centers and organizations applying for these grants may not be affiliated with an institution of higher education and must be independently governed, financed, and administered. In addition, they must have a pre-existing fellowship program maintained with non-NEH funding. Eligibility for NEH fellowships at these research institutions is limited to United States citizens and foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the grant. NEH research opportunities are intended for persons who have already completed their formal academic training. Consequently, persons seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible for NEH fellowships and research grants.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.