CUNY/Schomburg Archival Dissertation Fellowship

The City University of New York (CUNY) is glad to announce CUNY/Schomburg Archival Dissertation Fellowship. The fellowship is open to student in any field of the humanities or social sciences who will significantly gain from an academic year in residency at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Fellows will get a chance to participate in bi-weekly seminar meetings of the Schomburg Scholars in Residence Program and will receive access to office space and a computer. The fellowship will grant a stipend of $22,000 and covers in-state tuition.

The City University of New York (CUNY) was founded in 1961. It is the public university system of New York City, and the largest urban university in the United States.


  • Students must be registered or on an approved leave of absence during the 2015-2016 academic year to be eligible to apply.
  • You must be officially advanced to candidacy (level III) by the application deadline.
  • A student holding a five-year fellowship from the Graduate Center (e.g., Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowship, MAGNET Fellowship, WAC Fellowship, or CUNY Science Scholarship) may not hold a dissertation fellowship concurrently with the five-year award.
  • A student with a five-year award may apply, but if selected for a dissertation fellowship she/he will have to choose between the five-year fellowship funding and the dissertation fellowship funding.
  • Dissertation Fellowships are intended for students who expect to complete the dissertation during 2016-2017 award years. Fellowship recipients are required to be registered during the award year. Students who qualify for the Ph.D. In time for an October 2015 degree are not eligible to receive funding.

How to Apply:

Each application must include the following:

  • Cover sheet
  • Proposal
  1. 9-page project description including a 150 word abstract (the abstract should be single spaced at the top of page 1). The project description should include discussion of the background, relevant literature, methodology, data, projected results, and a timeline/description indicating expected progress.
  2. 1-page selected bibliography
  3. 1-page archival statement detailing how this dissertation will make specific use of the archives and collections housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black.
  • Applicants should clearly indicate how the dissertation intersects with the specific divisions and collections at the Schomburg.
  • Two-page curriculum vitae.
  • Current Graduate Center transcript. (Students may submit the unofficial student copy that can be printed from banner.) The application materials should be assembled as a single document in pdf or word format in the following order:
  1. Application cover sheet
  2. 9-page proposal
  3. 1-page bibliography
  4. 1-page archival statement e. 2-page CV. Graduate Center Transcript (unofficial student copy is sufficient)
  • One letter of reference to be submitted electronically by your adviser

Submitting Details:

Applicants must send all the application material on the given e-mail address:

Award Amount:

The fellowship provides a stipend of $22,000 and covers in-state tuition.

Application Deadline:

Complete application material must be submitted on or before January 6, 2016.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

For more information contact Rachel Sponzo at, or 212-817-7282.

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