The New-York Historical Society is now accepting applications for its prestigious fellowship program for the 2023–2024 academic year. Leveraging its rich collections that detail American history through the lens of New York City, New-York Historical’s fellowships are open to scholars at various times during their academic careers and provides them with the resources and community to develop new research and publications that illuminate complex issues of the past.
Visit nyhistory.org/careers/fellowships for instructions and application checklists for each fellowship. The application deadline for available fellowships is January 31, 2023. The available fellowships include:
2023-24 Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Awards in Women’s History
The two recipients of the Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Awards in Women’s History should have a strong interest in women’s and public history and the applications of these fields outside the academy. Functioning as research associates and providing programmatic support for New-York Historical’s Center for Women’s History, pre-doctoral awardees will assist in the development of content for the Women’s History exhibitions, associated educational curriculum, and on-site experiences for students, scholars, and visitors. They must be currently enrolled students in good standing in a relevant Ph.D. program in the humanities. The Predoctoral Awardees, whose work at New-York Historical may not necessarily directly correspond with their dissertation research, will be in residence part-time at New-York Historical for one academic year, between September 5, 2023, and August 30, 2024, and will receive a stipend of $20,000 per year. This position is not full time and will not receive benefits.
2023-24 Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s History and Public History
The Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History and Public History works as a public historian for the New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History. The ideal candidate will have a strong scholarly background in women’s history and an interest in public history. The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will help build the interpretive and pedagogical aspects of the Center’s programming, and will be deputized with managing certain projects independently. Among the position’s responsibilities are: serving as editor-in-chief of the regular Women at the Center blog; working on exhibitions in development; coordinating the annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History; brainstorming ideas for public programs; and representing the Center in interdepartmental projects, including consulting on K-12 curricula with the education department. All Center fellows receive practical instruction and cross-disciplinary guidance from New-York Historical staff. Fellows learn to harness academic skills—such as research, scholarship, and writing—to serve a broad public, while gaining hands-on experience in exhibition creation and design, public program development, and the collecting of both museum and library materials.
Applicants for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship must have the Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment. The Fellow will be in residence as a full-time staff member, working alongside senior scholars on the Center for Women’s History team at a dedicated workstation. The stipend for this position is $60,000 per year with full benefits. The award supports a scholar for one academic year with the possibility of renewal for an additional year. This fellowship will last from September 5, 2023 through August 30, 2024.
2023-24 Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation / Mellon Foundation Fellowship
This fellowship will be awarded to a candidate who has earned their Ph.D. no later than 2022. Research projects should expand public understanding of New York State history and should include research based on the collections and resources of New-York Historical. This ten-month residency will carry a stipend of $60,000 plus benefits; it will begin on September 5, 2023, and end on June 28, 2024.
2023-24 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
One fellowship for the length of a single academic year is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities for the sake of research at the New-York Historical Society. The fellowship is available to individuals who have completed their formal professional training and have received their final degree or certificate by 2022. They should have a strong record of accomplishment within their field. There is no restriction relating to age or academic status of applicants. Foreign nationals are eligible to apply if they have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline. The ten-month residency will carry a stipend of $50,000 plus benefits. This fellowship will begin on September 5, 2023, and end on June 28, 2024.
2023-24 Helen and Robert Appel Fellowship in History and Technology
The fellowship will be awarded to a candidate who has earned their Ph.D. no later than 2022. Research projects should be based on the collections of New-York Historical and explore the impact of technology on history. The fellowship will carry a stipend of $60,000 plus benefits; it will begin September 5, 2023, and end on June 28, 2024.
Fellowships at New-York Historical are made possible through the generous endowments of the Mellon Foundation, Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, and Helen and Robert Appel. Major support for fellowships is provided by Bernard L. Schwartz, the Lehrman Institute, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. All fellows receive research stipends while in residency. Short term fellowships are made possible by support from the Society of Colonial Wars, Helen and Robert Appel, Sid Lapidus, Pam Schafler, Society of Daughters of Holland Dames, Richard Brown and Mary Jo Otsea, Patricia D. Klingenstein, Causeries du Lundi, the Peck Stacpoole Foundation, and the Pine Tree Foundation of New York.
2022–2023 Fellows at the New-York Historical Society
New-York Historical is also pleased to announce fellows now in residence during the 2022–2023 academic year. This year’s fellows are:
Lapidus-Weisberg Fellow in American History: Julian E. Zelizer
Julian E. Zelizer has been among the pioneers in the revival of American political history. He is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and a CNN Political Analyst and a regular guest on NPR’s “Here and Now.” He is the author and editor of 23 books including, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society (2015), the winner of the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the Best Book on Congress; Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 (Norton), coauthored with Kevin Kruse; and Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, The Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party (Penguin Press). His most recent book is Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Life of Radical Amazement (Yale University Press, Jewish Lives Series). Julian Zelizer will spend the year at New-York Historical, beginning September 2022, writing “The Compromise”: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the Betrayal of Racial Justice, 1964 which is under contract with Norton. The book examines the clash that took place at the 1964 Democratic National Convention between the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party—68 sharecroppers, farmers, undertakers, mechanics, beauticians, preachers, and manual workers who had been fighting for voting rights in their home state—and President Lyndon Johnson. The MFDP demanded that they be seated at the convention instead of the all-white delegation whose power rested on voting disenfranchisement. While sympathetic to their cause, Johnson, who was still celebrating the passage of the Civil Rights Act, feared triggering a revolt of the southern base of his party which would stifle his ability to pursue further civil rights legislation in the coming year. Based on original archival research, The Compromise will contribute to a burgeoning literature about race relations that explores the radical challenge that the civil rights movement has posed by taking on the elaborate system of racial inequality that was deeply inscribed into the institutions of American democracy.
Weisberg-Lapidus Fellow in American History: Sean Wilentz
Sean Wilentz received his Ph.D. in history from Yale University after earning bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University and Balliol College, Oxford University. Chants Democratic (1984), which won several national prizes, including the Albert J. Beveridge Award of the American Historical Association, shows how the working class emerged in New York City and examines the changes in politics and political thought that came with it. In The Kingdom of Matthias (1994), Professor Wilentz and coauthor Paul E. Johnson tell the story of a bizarre religious cult that sprang up in New York City in the 1830s, exploring in the process the darker corners of the 19th-century religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening. Professor Wilentz is also the coauthor and coeditor of The Key of Liberty (1993) and the editor of several other books, including The Rose and the Briar (2004, Greil Marcus coeditor), a collection of historical essays and artistic creations inspired by American ballads. His The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln(2005), was awarded the Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Subsequent books include The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008, a reconsideration of U.S. politics since the Watergate affair; Bob Dylan in America, a consideration of Dylan’s place in American cultural history; and The Politicians & The Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics, a thematic collection of essays covering American political history from the Revolution through the 1960s. His most recent study, No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding, based on his Nathan I. Huggins Lectures at Harvard, appeared in 2018 and was the recipient of the annual Thomas A. Cooley Book Prize for the best book on the Constitution, awarded by the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2020, the Library of America published the first of three projected volumes of his authoritative edition of the writings of the historian Richard Hofstadter. Professor Wilentz has received numerous fellowships from, among other institutions, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Academy in Berlin. Formerly a contributing editor to The New Republic, and currently a member of the editorial boards of Dissent and Democracy, he lectures frequently and has contributed some 400 articles, reviews, and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, the London Review of Books, The American Scholar, The Nation, Le Monde, and Der Spiegel. He has also given congressional testimony, notably before the House Judiciary Committee in 1998. His writings on American music have earned him two Grammy nominations and two Deems Taylor-ASCAP awards.
He is currently at work on The Triumph of American Antislavery, a companion volume to The Rise of American Democracy, which will offer a comprehensive political history of the antislavery movement from its 17th-century origins to the eradication of slavery in 1865.
Robert David Lion Gardiner Fellow: Joshua Leon
Joshua K. Leon writes on global governance, development, poverty, global health, and urbanization. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Temple University, and M.A., in international affairs from California State University. He is currently an associate professor of political science at Iona University. He has also taught at Villanova, Temple, and Drexel Universities. He has written for venues including The Chicago Tribune, The Progressive, Dissent, Journal of Urban History, Planning Perspectives, Metropolis, and Brooklyn Rail. His book is called The Rise of Global Health. He is currently working on a book called New York 1860: City on a Precipice.
Center for Women’s History
Mellon Predoctoral Awardee in Women’s History: La-Kisha Emmanuel
La-Kisha Emmanuel is a history Ph.D. student at New York University. Her research examines the intellectual labors and social reform efforts of rural African American clubwomen in the late 19th and early 20th century American South with a particular focus on their development of a Black juvenile prison system. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D. in History, she earned an M.A. in women’s studies and an M.A. in history from the University of Alabama and received her BA in History from Stillman College. Some of her past internships include working at the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and through funding from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Robert Frederick Smith Internship program, she assisted Alabama State University with a civil rights oral history project.
Mellon Predoctoral Awardee in Women’s History: Jessica Fletcher
Jessica Fletcher is a historian of 20th century architecture, focusing on how women adapted and constructed ordinary buildings to serve the needs of working-class women and children in cities. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in art history at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation, “A Municipal Modernity: Women, Architecture, and Public Health in Working-Class New York, 1913-1950” investigates how reformers constructed district health centers across New York City from the Progressive Era to the New Deal. She has taught at CUNY for five years, including at Lehman College and the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College. Her work has been published in Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, Urban Omnibus, and The Baffler magazine.
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