Leon Levy Center for Biography (logo)Established with a generous gift from the Leon Levy Foundation in 2007 as a hub for writers, scholars, students, teachers, and readers of biography, the Leon Levy Center for Biography at The Graduate Center, CUNY builds connections between independent and university-affiliated biographers across disciplines and cultivates important discussions about the art and craft of biography historically and in our time.
Browse fellowship opportunities »
NEW: Pursue an M.A. in Biography and Memoir at The Graduate Center, CUNY »


Featured Biographies

“The Leon Levy Fellowship changed my life entirely… The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 was the illustrated biography I wrote because the fellowship gave me the confidence to risk writing a ‘collage biography’ of an 18th-century collage artist.”

—Molly Peacock, 2008–2009 fellow, author of The Paper Garden (McClelland & Stewart, 2010).

Latest News

Biography Fellow Channing Joseph Wins Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant

 Channing Joseph was awarded a prestigious Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant for his in-progress biography, House of Swann: Where Slaves Became Queens. The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant of $40,000 is awarded to writers in the process of completing a book of deeply researched and imaginatively composed nonfiction. House of Swann is the story of William Dorsey Swann, […]

The Five New Resident Fellows (and a Dissertation Fellow) for 2019 – 2020

On April 22, 2019, Executive Director Kai Bird announced the award of five resident fellowships, including the first Leon Levy/Alfred P. Sloan fellow for a biography on a figure from science for 2019-2020. Each resident fellow receives a $72,000 grant, research assistance, writing space and full access to research facilities.   David Greenberg, a Professor […]

New MA in Biography & Memoir to begin in Fall of 2019

In Fall 2019, the Graduate Center will inaugurate a M.A. Program in Biography and Memoir.  Students in the program will benefit from the intellectual life of the Leon Levy Center for Biography.  Merit scholarships are available.

Read more news