Apply Now: Moynihan Public Scholars Fellowships at The City College of New York

Daniel Patrick Moynihan Center at The City College of New York (CCNY):  Moynihan Public Scholars Fellowship


The soon-to-launch Daniel Patrick Moynihan Center at The City College of New York (CCNY) invites applications for the inaugural cohort of the Moynihan Public Scholars Fellowship.

Moynihan Public Scholars will receive unrestricted awards of up to $100,000, and will spend one year at CCNY writing, teaching, and engaging in public conversations on critical issues in public affairs. The inaugural Fellowship term will commence September 2023.

The Moynihan Public Scholars Fellowship takes inspiration from Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s celebrated career, which traversed the academy, government, and the media. Moynihan’s scholarship was “public” in the sense that it informed his work as a public servant and provoked impassioned public debate. In this spirit, Moynihan Public Scholars will be chosen from among academic researchers, public service practitioners, and writers or journalists with a demonstrated ability for blending critical thought, political engagement, and popular communication.

Like Senator Moynihan, Public Scholars will pursue bold, heterodox ideas—especially ones that cut across entrenched partisan divisions—in service of the public good. Public Scholars will be enthusiastic participants in an intellectual community that serves City College, including yearly cohorts of Moynihan Undergraduate Student Fellows, and New York City at large. Through workshops and public events, Public Scholars will draw inspiration from peer fellows and luminaries in their respective fields, to catalyze and amplify innovative thinking on public affairs.


Reflecting Senator Moynihan’s multi-faceted career, Public Scholars may come from a variety of professions and academic backgrounds. We welcome applications from researchers, public service practitioners, and journalists or writers working on long-term writing projects.

Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Applicants who identify as academics must hold a PhD. Graduate students are not eligible to apply.

Fellows will receive unrestricted awards of up to $100,000, and will have dedicated office space on City College’s historic campus in uptown Manhattan, New York City.

Application Instructions

A complete application must include the following:

  1. a CV or resume (whichever is the standard in your field of work);
  2. a personal narrative that describes how the Fellowship will advance your career and demonstrates your commitment to the ideals of public scholarship, popular communication, and higher education (up to 750 words);
  3. a writing project to be pursued over the course of the Fellowship year, indicating specific outputs and other modes of public engagement (up to 1500 words);
  4. a title and abstract for an undergraduate course to be taught in the spring semester of the Fellowship year (up to 250 words);
  5. up to two (2) writing samples(published within the past three years);
  6. and contact information for two (2) references.

Please review the Moynihan Public Scholars Fellowship FAQ page for more details.

Please address any inquiries to:

Daniel Patrick Moynihan Center
The City College of New York

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The application deadline is January 12, 2023.



About the Moynihan Center

The Daniel Patrick Moynihan Center at The City College of New York (CCNY) advances the twin goals of public scholarship and public service. Taking inspiration from Senator Moynihan’s celebrated career, the Center cultivates leaders who cross the boundaries between critical thinking, public service practice, and popular communication. Through two signature fellowship programs and a rich slate of public events, the Center works to ensure that the next generation of public scholars and public servants reflects the diversity of viewpoints and lived experiences represented at City College and beyond.

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