The AGSL fellowship program was created to give scholars from around the world an opportunity to pursue their work in proximity to a distinguished collection of primary sources. Approximately 4-8 fellowships are awarded each year for periods of time usually ranging from two to four weeks. Fellowships are available for any qualified researcher, the main criteria for appointment being the merit and significance of the candidate’s proposal, the qualifications of the candidate, and the relevance of the project to the holdings of the Library and the potential shown by the candidate for creative utilization of the Library’s resources.

As the former research library and map collection of the
American Geographical Society of New York, the Library has strengths in geography, cartography and related historical topics. The Library maintains a wide variety of hard to find primary and secondary resources including:

  • books
  • archives
  • photos
  • maps
  • atlases
  • globes
  • data
  • an extensive serial collection

In addition, researchers benefit from access to the UWM Libraries print and online collections during their residency. Not all AGSL materials are listed in the online catalog, but finding aids and professional staff are available to assist applicants and researchers.