The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

To pilot a new, annual scientific biography fellowship at the Leon Levy Center for Biography that will result in three new major biographies of scientists and/or technologists

  • Amount $330,750
  • City New York, NY
  • Investigator Kai Bird
  • Year 2018
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Books

The Leon Levy Center for Biography at the City University of New York (CUNY) is the only academic institution in the country devoted to promoting the practice of biography. Founded in 2007, its mission is “to foster excellence in biographical writing and to encourage the academy to understand biography as a scholarly and rigorous discipline.” This grant underwrites an annual fellowship at the Center to support an author writing a biography of a scientist, engineer, inventor, or mathematician. Fellows will receive a one-time award of $72,000 and be provided a graduate research assistant, dedicated office space, and access to both the Center’s fellow biographers and CUNY’s science faculty as advisors. Additional grant funds will support outreach to publicize the fellowship with relevant audiences.

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