The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program assists those scholars and professionals whose research in the black experience can benefit from extended access to the Center's resources.
Fellowships funded by the Center will allow recipients to spend six months in residence with access to resources at the Schomburg Center and other centers of The New York Public Library. The program encourages research and writing on black history and culture, facilitates interaction among participating scholars, and provides widespread dissemination of findings through lectures, publications, and colloquia and seminars. It encompasses projects in African, Afro-American, and Afro-Caribbean history and culture.
Established in 1983, as of 2016-2017 the residency program has provided direct funding support for 159 fellows, and additional residency opportunities for 26 independently funded humanities scholars. Funding support for the program has been provided by the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Aaron Diamond Foundation, the Irene Diamond Foundation, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Stipends and Residency
Fellowships are awarded for continuous periods of six months at the Schomburg Center with maximum stipends of $30,000. Fellows must devote full time to their research projects. They are expected to be in continuous residence at the Schomburg Center and to participate in the intellectual life of the Program. They may not be employed during the period in residence except sabbaticals from their own institutions. Those selected as Scholars-in-Residence may supplement their stipends with support from their own institution or small outside grants if the requisite approval is received from the Schomburg Center. Fellows may begin residence at the Center after September 1. This program is made possible in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation.
A complete application must include:
- The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Application
- A 1500 word description of the proposed study
- Curriculum vitae (limit to 3 pages)
- Three letters of reference
The application process opens September 1, 2017. Deadline is December 1.
Description of Study
In no more than 1,500 words the applicant should provide a detailed description of the proposed study, including but by no means restricted to the following elements:
- A statement of the topic under consideration with specific reference to the major questions, problems, and theses being investigated.
- An outline of the plan for carrying out the study or project.
- Discussion of the sources in the Schomburg Center and other research units of The New York Public Library for the study and plans for examining them.
- Description of research methods.
- Applicant's competence in the use of any foreign languages needed to complete the study.
- The place of the study in the applicant's overall research and writing program.
- The significance of the study for the applicant's field and for the humanities in general.
- The final objective and expected products of the study. Plans for publications, lectures, exhibitions, teaching, and other vehicles of dissemination should be detailed. Fellows will be expected to share their findings through these means and as participants in the Schomburg Center Colloquium and Seminar Series during their residency.
- Notification will be made in Mid-March.
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