The Leon Levy Center for Biography offers four resident fellowships at the Graduate Center for the academic year beginning each September. Awards include writing space, full access to research facilities, and a stipend of $65,000. The application period begins on October 15, 2017 and closes on December 15, 2017. Fellowship decisions will be announced, and all applicants notified, in mid-April, 2018.
Applications require a brief CV or resume (3 pages max), a narrative account of the applicant's career (250 words), a project description (750 words), a sample of the proposed biography (maximum 2,500 words), and four letters of reference, which must be postmarked by the deadline. Applicants are discouraged from seeking letters from their agents, editors, or publishers. Application forms are available via the link to the right. Only online/digital applications will be accepted.
Fellows devote their time to their projects and participate in monthly seminars and the public events of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, including the annual lecture and the annual conference, and they are encouraged to join in the dynamic intellectual community of the Graduate Center.
Applications are particularly welcome from CUNY faculty, but fellows may not teach or partake in other full-time employment during their academic year-in-residence. While our selection committees evaluate each application on its own merits, preference in the award of fellowships is given to those who have not yet published a biography or received fellowships for the writing of a biography. We also welcome applications from published and accomplished writers who are undertaking their first biography. The Leon Levy Center for Biography does not award fellowships for work on autobiographies, memoirs, essays, plays, films, or fiction.
Please contact Thad Ziolkowski, Associate Director, with any questions at email@example.com or 212-817-2008.
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