The Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellowship 2021 ( Awards: $72,000 + Full access to research facilities + More) / How To Apply

Dec 15, 2020by Chiamaka0

The Leon Levy Center for Biography 2021 offers four resident fellowships at the Graduate Center for the academic year beginning each September. 

Fellows devote their time to their projects and participate in monthly seminars and the public events of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, including the annual lecture and the annual conference, and they are encouraged to join in the dynamic intellectual community of the Graduate Center.

Application Deadline 

January 4, 2021

Eligibility for The Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellowship 2021

  • Writers who have not yet published a biography or received fellowships for the writing of a biography
  • Published and accomplished writers who are undertaking their first biography are encouraged to submit
  • Applications are particularly welcome from CUNY faculty, but fellows may not teach or partake in other full-time employment during their academic year-in-residence. The Leon Levy Center for Biography does not award fellowships for;
  1. Memoirs
  2. Essays
  3. Plays
  4. Films
  5. Fiction.

Application Guidelines for The Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellowship 2021

  • Applicants should include;
  • A brief CV or resume (3 pages max)
  • A narrative account of the applicant’s career (250 words)
  • A project description (750 words)
  • A sample of the proposed biography (maximum 2,500 words), and
  • Two letters of reference
  • Applicants are discouraged from seeking letters from their agents, editors, or publishers
  • Only online/digital applications will be accepted
  • Applications can be submitted via submittable


  • A stipend of $72,000
  • Writing space
  • Full access to research facilities
  • Research assistance

Please contact Thad Ziolkowski, Associate Director, with any questions at [email protected]

You might want to check out how to write biographies to increase your chances of acceptance and knowing the best point of view to write from is a great advantage.

Good Luck!

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