Scholars-in-Residence Program


The Burke Library seeks proposals by scholars to work for a period of up to nine months on a project that utilizes the Library's archives and special collections. The scholar will be provided access to Library resources, including collections and research assistance. In return, the scholar will present a talk on his or her work at a public event toward the end of the residency. The Scholar-in-Residence Program is designed to:

  • Encourage scholars to conduct original scholarship that draws on the resources of the Burke Library's special collections.
  • Facilitate the dissemination of the researcher's findings through lectures.
  • Foster productive working relationships between scholars and the Burke Library.

The residency does not provide housing, stipend, or salary of any kind. Once awarded, the residency will expire nine months from the date of award, usually following the academic year. Scholar-in-residence status can be granted only once and renewals or re-applications are not accepted.

The scholar should prepare a project description and submit it electronically to Beth Bidlack, Director of the Burke Library (beth.bidlack@columbia.edu), by April 15th for the following academic year. The scholar should be an individual with a Ph.D., a doctoral candidate who is ABD, or a professional with a distinguished scholarly career.

Previous Scholars-in-Residence:

2009-2010: Dr. Brian Mahan

2010-2011: Dr. Davina Lopez & Dr. Todd Penner

2011-2012: Dr. Susan Graham