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.
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“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).

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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.


The Sloan Foundation Funds Science Biography Fellowship

The Leon Levy Center for Biography has been awarded a three-year grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to fund a $72,000 annual fellowship dedicated to biographies of scientists. 


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