You walk the corridors of the Library with the acute sensation that what has been bestowed upon you, amongst all these books, is a sense of what matters. You enter a silence that requires humility, grace, and the deepest thanks.
—Colum McCann, novelist. Fellow 2004-2005
The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers offers fellowships to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library). Renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its collections, the Library is one of the world's preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, and sports.
It was one of the best and most productive years of my life. Whether the work is any good is of course another matter.
—Ian Buruma, journalist. Fellow 2011-2012
The New York Public Library/American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships
The Center may give up to five fellowships a year in conjunction with the American Council of Learned Societies. Candidates for joint fellowships must submit separate applications to The New York Public Library and to the American Council of Learned Societies. For information regarding ACLS eligibility requirements and an ACLS application, please visit the ACLS website, www.acls.org/programs/comps.
The 2016-2017 Fellowship Competition is now open. The deadline is Friday, September 25, 2015, 5 p.m. EST.
I remember thinking what curious people athletes must be to practice whatever it is they do for six to eight hours, seven days a week, for years on end – until it occurred to me that that’s what I do; that’s what we writers do all our lives. Others have no inkling of the twenty-four hours a day, waking or sleeping, in which we are about our true business – scholarship, poetry, our stories. That is what the Cullman Center knows.
—Lore Segal, fiction writer. Fellow 2008-2009
My time at the Center was one of the most fulfilling years of my writing career. I accomplished much of what I’d set out to do but I also went in directions I could not have planned. I hadn’t anticipated the direct ways in which the other Fellows’ work would steer aspects of my own. We inspired one another and through the long hours, kept each other company. We had a terrific amount of fun. The Cullman Center fellowship is unique and it makes an enermous contribution to public and private intellectual life.
—Adrian LeBLanc, journalist. Fellow 2007-2008
The Cullman Center is made possible by a generous endowment from Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman in honor of Brooke Russell Astor, with major support provided by Mrs. John L. Weinberg, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Estate of Charles J. Liebman, John and Constance Birkelund, The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and additional gifts from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Helen and Roger Alcaly, Mel and Lois Tukman, The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, The Rona Jaffe Foundation, William W. Karatz, Mary Ellen von der Heyden, The Arts and Letters Foundation, Merilee and Roy Bostock, Lybess Sweezy and Ken Miller, and Cullman Center Fellows.