History Fellowship 2024–2025 Application

The inaugural Green-Wood History Fellowship provides a selected awardee with an unprecedented nine-month engagement with the Cemetery’s rich resources: a 478-acre historic landscape with an unparalleled collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century monuments and mausoleums, alongside expansive institutional archives dating back to the 1830s. This fellowship is open to current graduate students or early-career scholars (no more than 5 years out from their PhD) and provides support for independent research in any area of study that makes direct use of Green-Wood’s resources. The fellow will work closely alongside the Cemtery’s professional staff, including the current environmental research fellow and artist in residence. They will also have the opportunity to craft public history programs to share their research findings with a wider audience. 

Learn more about Green-Wood’s archival collections here, and be sure to read this enlightening essay about what there is to discover.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email: historyfellowship@green-wood.com.

Please read the information below before applying. All material must be submitted by May 15th via Slideroom (applications will not be accepted in any other form). We are unable to provide feedback on applications in advance of or after submission.

Residency Term

September 2024–May 2025

Expectations

  • Conduct research related to Green-Wood’s history, landscape, or archives, or a topic informed by research at the Cemetery.
  • Develop and facilitate 3-4 public programs, tours, workshops, or classes, etc., in consultation with Green-Wood’s Public Programs and Education Department (a budget will be provided for these programs).
  • Submit a final report on their research at the end of their tenure at the Cemetery
  • Credit Green-Wood in any subsequent public presentation or publications 

Who is eligible?

  • Current graduate students (MA or PhD) or earlier career academics, historians, or other professionals no more than five years into their career. 
  • Must be living or studying in New York City or surrounding metropolitan areas during the time of the fellowship.
  • Any area of specialization in the humanities or social sciences. 

Fellows Receive

  • $5,000 honorarium for a nine months of research (September 2024 – May 2025)
  • Access to Green-Wood’s grounds, archives, and collections 
  • Dedicated desk space 
  • Public venue for presenting their research and support to develop public programs 

Application Process

Applications are due in full by May 15th. Please review the requirements below and submit via Slideroom.

  • Research Statement: A statement (two page maximum) discussing why you are interested in research at Green-Wood, and how this fellowship relates to your broader academic or professional work. Specify in what areas you are interested in conducting research. In the statement, please include:
    • Background describing your current research.
    •  Introduce your proposed project and briefly explain your methodological approach including what cemetery resources you intend to work with. 
  • Public Program Proposal: A proposal (one page maximum) of possible programming, events, publications, or other publically accessible materials that you would develop as part of your fellowship. This should include a description of how you would make your research accessible to the public and what support you might need from Cemetery staff. 
  • CV (three page maximum)

Selection Process

The fellowship is awarded after both an internal review and review by outside experts. The selected recipient will be based on the quality of their proposal and readiness to conduct the proposed research. The external panel evaluating applications, includes: 

  • John T. Reddick – Director of Community Engagement Projects, Central Park Conservancy
  • Marisa Karyl Franz, Ph. D – Clinical Assistant Professor, Program in Museum Studies, New York University 
  • Dominique Jean-Louis, Ph.D – Chief Historian, Center for Brooklyn History, Brooklyn Public Library

The selected fellow will be announced by June 10th.