By Lapidus Center at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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If you are a researcher studying the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World, consider applying to the short and long-term fellowships at the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center. Fellows receive access to the Center’s collections, opportunities to disseminate their work across Library channels, and monetary support. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 9, 2023.

Long-Term Fellowships

The Lapidus Center offers six-month fellowships to assist scholars whose research on transatlantic slavery can benefit from extended access to the Schomburg Center’s resources.


The Lapidus residency program is designed to (1) encourage research and writing on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic world, (2) promote and facilitate interaction among the participants including fellows funded by other sources, and (3) facilitate the dissemination of the researchers’ findings through lectures, publications, and the ongoing Schomburg Center Colloquium and Seminar Series. Applicants must indicate in their proposal how they propose to use the resources of the Schomburg Center.


The long-term Fellowship Program is open to post-doctoral scholars studying the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World.

Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline may apply.

Stipends and Residency

Long-term fellowships are awarded a stipend of $30,000. Long-term fellows are expected to be in continuous residence at the Schomburg Center and to participate in the intellectual life of the program. They must be devoted full time to their research projects and may not be employed during the period except sabbaticals from their own institutions.

Long-term fellows may begin their six-month residence at the Center as early as September 5, 2023, and must plan to complete their fellowship tenure by May 31, 2023. Long-term fellows are required to participate in weekly workshops with the Schomburg Center’s Scholars-in-Residence Program. 

Application Instructions

A complete application includes:

  • The Lapidus Center Fellowships application
  • A description of the proposed study
  • Curriculum Vitae (limit of 3 pages)
  • Three letters of reference

Deadline: January 9, 2023

Learn more here

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