The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History awards annual short-term research fellowships in the amount of $3000 each to doctoral candidates, postdoctoral scholars, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in the field of American history. International scholars are eligible to apply. The fellowships support research at archives in New York City. 

Fellows are required to

  • Complete their research within a year of notification of the award
  • Visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute in New York City to meet the Fellowship Coordinator and record a 2–3 minute video interview
  • Submit a 750–1000 word essay on their topic for possible inclusion on the Gilder Lehrman website and a separate paragraph documenting the archival collections consulted during the fellowship

To apply, candidates must submit

  • A project proposal including current contact information, a list of primary sources to be consulted, and an anticipated budget
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from established scholars of American history

Application deadline

Applications must be postmarked or submitted via email by Friday, May 1, 2015. All applicants will be notified by Friday, June 5, 2015.

Click here to apply online.

Please send application materials to

The Gilder Lehrman Scholarly Fellowship Program
49 West 45th Street, Sixth Floor
New York, New York 10036

Email: fellowships@gilderlehrman.org
Phone: (646) 366-9666, ext. 29
Fax: (646) 366-9669

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