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The RSA–Kress New York Public Library Fellowship

The RSA–Kress New York Public Library Fellowship supports a one-month residence in New York City by a member of the RSA for the purposes of Art History research in the Special Collections of The New York Public Library.

Location: New York Public Library, New York, NY.

Length: 1 month.

Stipend: $3,000 (for a researcher traveling from within North America) or $4,000 (for a researcher traveling from outside of North America).

Discipline: Art history.

Career Level: Open to scholars at all career levels (Non-Doctoral, Junior Scholar, and Senior Scholar). Read more about RSA’s career level definitions.

New York Public Library Holdings of Interest to RSA scholars: The New York Public Library holds a range of materials of interest to Renaissance scholars, from illuminated manuscripts of artistic significance to early printed books to manuscripts used in everyday life during this period. The Library safeguards nearly 300 Renaissance Western Manuscripts in the Spencer Collection and Manuscript and Archives Division, woodcuts and engravings in the Print Division, and early printed books in the Rare Books Division. Highlights of the Spencer Collection include the Tickhill Psalter, the Aldine Hypnerotomachia Poliphili on vellum, the 1481 copperplate edition of Dante’s Divina Commedia, and Albrecht Dürer’s three great woodcut albums. The Print Collection includes works by artists ranging from Dürer to Goltzius, Marcantonio Raimondi Jusepe de Ribera and Federico Barocci. In addition to liturgical and scholarly manuscripts from the period, Manuscripts and Archives houses items of interest to scholars tracing the material conditions of Renaissance life, with items ranging from the account books of British nobility to papers of Venetian ambassadors. Notable strengths of the Rare Book Division relate to voyages and exploration, particularly in regard to the colonization of the Americas. There are also concentrations relating to the English Civil War, the American and French Revolutions, and natural history.

Substantial information about the holdings can be found through the Digital Scriptorium and in The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts at The New York Public Library, by Jonathan J. G. Alexander, James H. Marrow, and Lucy Freedman Sandler (New York & London: NYPL & Harvey Miller Publishers, 2005).


  • Please note that all applicants must be members of the Renaissance Society of America at the time of application and during the award year. Please join RSA or renew your membership before applying for a fellowship.
  • Applicants should apply for one RSA residential fellowship per year, but may list an alternate location if desired. Indicate the residential fellowships for which you wish to apply, and explain in your application how the selected collections will facilitate your research. Full list of RSA fellowships.

Application components

  • Project description
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Relevance of collection(s) to project

General guidelines for residential fellowships

  1. The research proposal must be relevant to specific library collections and should indicate primary collection resources that are relevant to it.
  2. The fellowship must be used for full-time onsite research during the period of residency at the specific library, working on its collection.
  3. The residency must begin on or after 1 July of the year awarded and end on or before 30 June of the following year, and may not be subdivided into more than one continuous period of residency at the library.
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