CIRHUS-Rockefeller Archive Center Fellowships


The CIRHUS-RAC fellowship builds upon an interest shared by both institutions in strengthening research and scholarship on the history of the social science and humanities disciplines, increasing the visibility of this field of research, and fostering its international development. It also reflects the belief that archival research is key to understand the history of our disciplines.

Each year, both institutions will publish a call for applications and grant up to five fellowships. Fellows will be expected to spend a minimum of two weeks in New York, dividing their time between CIRHUS and the RAC. The length of stay will be    determined by the amount of time required for work in the RAC archives and involvement in CIRHUS programs.

Fellowship benefits: Successful applicants will be provided with accommodation on NYU’s campus in Manhattan for the duration of their stay as well as a workspace at CIRHUS and access to NYU libraries.     Their airfare to New York as well as their train fares between New York and Tarrytown will be covered.

Eligibility requirements: Candidates must work on a research project related to the history of the social sciences and the humanities. The fellowship is open to CNRS researchers, faculty members, PhD     students and postdoctoral researchers formally affiliated with French higher education and research institutions, regardless of their citizenship.

While successful applicants should organize their time according to their research needs, they should strive to divide it as equally as possible between the archives and the NYU campus. During their stay, fellows will give a presentation of their work at CIRHUS. This presentation will be open to all members of the NYU community and all researchers and staff of RAC. Fellows also agree to provide RAC with a short summary of their research for publication in the RAC Research Report series. Within three months of the end of their fellowship, fellows shall provide CIRHUS with a working paper to be posted on the CIRHUS website.

Application process: Prospective applicants should send a letter of inquiry to This letter should provide a brief description of the research plan, indicate the desired length of stay, and explain how the archival work envisioned fits within a broader research project as well as the expected outcomes of this project. A curriculum vitae should be attached to the letter. Prospective applicants are also encouraged to visit the website of the Rockefeller Archive Center and consult its finding aids ( Provided there are still available fellowships and the project warrants a visit to the archives, an invitation to submit a more formal application will follow.