Graduate Research Fellowship

Graduate Research Fellow Position 2021-22


About the University Libraries

Stony Brook University Libraries is regarded for its a wide-range of print and digital resources and world-renowned Special Collections division. It belongs to the prestigious Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The Health Sciences Center Library maintains membership in the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. The collections exceed 2 million volumes, including e-books, print and electronic holdings of scholarly journal subscriptions, microforms, music recordings, and maps. 

Scope of the Research Fellowship

Stony Brook University Libraries invites applications for the position of Research Fellow for a one-year term beginning in Fall 2021. This is a grant-funded, graduate fellow researcher position. It provides a $10,000 award to conduct historical research and actively participate in library projects focused on the life of Senator Jacob K. Javits with an emphasis on his legacy of bipartisan political leadership and legislation. 

The research fellow is expected to perform scholarly research and contribute to projects centered on Senator Javits’ life and political legacy. Most importantly, the Research Fellow will help craft written narratives and develop interactive exhibitions using archival sources drawn from the Senator Jacob K. Javits Collection. The Jacob K. and Marian B. Javits Foundation is funding this grant award as part of a two-year initiative to culminate in an interactive, physical and/or digital exhibition.

Senator Jacob K. Javits Collection

Jacob Koppel Javits served longer in the U.S. Senate than any other New York congressman. His rich and varied career in the House of Representatives and the Senate spanned the administrations of seven presidents. Senator Javits’ public service also encompassed the New York City administration of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and World War II. The breadth and scope of his public policy interests were unique. The Senator Jacob K. Javits Collection, part of Special Collections of the University Libraries, represents the Senator’s 34 years of public office, with eight of these years spent in the House of Representatives (1947-1955) and 24 years spent in the U.S. Senate (1957-1981). The interim years, 1955 and 1956, were spent as Attorney General of the State of New York. His archive is curated by Special Collections of the University Libraries and comprises more than 1,200 linear ft. of an estimated 1.8 million items. Formats represented in the archive include documents and manuscripts, photographs, and motion picture footage.
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Applications are encouraged from graduate students with a broad range of academic studies including but not limited to: history; humanities; international relations; political science; public policy. 

  • Applicants must be actively pursuing a graduate degree from Stony Brook University or from an outside university.  Proof must be presented of current enrollment in either a master’s or a doctoral program. 
  • This is not a remote position. Applicants must be able to perform all work on the main campus in Stony Brook, New York. 
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, or able to work legally in the U.S.A. 

Stipend and Appointment Term
One $10,000 award. The fellowship period will be aligned with the Fall 2021 semester through the conclusion of the Summer 2022 semester. The award will be distributed in two installments: at the beginning and completion of the fellowship. 

Requirements and Outcomes  

  • Completion of project materials to include development of a narrative, timeline, and associated content for an exhibition(s).
  • Monthly reports and documentation of research conducted on Senator Jacob K. Javits.
  • Summary of research must be submitted upon completion of the fellowship. 
  • The fellow will present research at a forum/event sponsored by the University Libraries and will be encouraged to also participate in professional conferences and/or publish in academic journals. 

Application Materials

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For consideration, applications must be received by October 15th, 2021. The anticipated notification date for recipients is October 29th, 2021.  All applications will be reviewed by the University Libraries. Applications must include:

  • Statement of Interest introducing yourself and explaining your interest in political bipartisanship and how it relates to the example set by Senator Jacob K. Javits, particularly in the context of the modern political climate of polarization and party antipathy (250 words max).
  • Project proposal outlining your scope of research and how you would utilize the fellowship funding (500 words max).
  • CV or résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation sent directly by the recommenders to One letter must be from a faculty advisor