How To Apply

The David J. Wolf, MD Visiting Research Scholar Program supports research using the onsite collections in the Medical Center Archives of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine. The David J. Wolf, MD Visiting Research Scholar will receive up to a $5,000 stipend to support travel, lodging, food, and incidentals for a flexible period between January 1- December 31, 2025 

Application Process 

We invite applications from United States citizens and lawful permanent residents over the age of 18 who would like to take advantage of resources uniquely available onsite in the Medical Center Archives of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine for their research, regardless of institutional affiliation or academic discipline.  

Application packets should include:  

  • Title of the research project 

  • A research proposal (maximum 1,000 words), which includes: 

  • A description of the research project 

  • Justification for onsite research, including a detailed discussion about the significance of the proposed collections, folders, or items you plan to use in the Medical Center Archives, and the unique research value they will bring to your research project. If you are requesting onsite access to materials already digitized and available on our website, you must justify why in-person viewing of these digitized items is needed. Digitized photographs from our collections can be found here, and digitized historical documents can be found here. 

  • Value of the research project to your field 

  • Detailed timeline for conducting onsite research, including the feasibility of completing the scope of research within the award period 

  • Proposed budget, clearly detailing all anticipated and specific costs, using per diem rates suggested by the U.S. General Services Administration, where applicable. 

  • CV (no more than three pages) 

  • Bibliography of resources already consulted, including primary and secondary works which inform your research topic (no more than two pages) 

  • Annotated list of collections, folders, or items in the Medical Center Archives you plan to consult during your onsite research visit, with a short statement indicating the significance of each line for your researchApplicants wishing to consult records containing any restrictions (including those with institutional restrictions, FERPA, HIPAA, or PHI, which may require separate approvals prior to access) must consult with the Medical Center Archives team prior to the submission deadline to discuss accessibility of those collections. Please note that it will take time to receive an answer regarding additional institutional approvals needed for accessing collections containing restrictions, so we encourage reaching out to our reference team as soon as possible. 

Application packets should be submitted in one email to  

Additionally, two letters of recommendation that include comments about your proposed project should be emailed to by the recommender, not the applicant.  

Application packets and letters of recommendation are due on September 1, 2024. Applicants will be notified of award receipt no later than December 31, 2024. The award amount will be based on expenses listed in the proposed budget and will be given directly to the applicant (not the applicant’s institution) after completion of the research visit. 

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Resulting Work 

Any publications or activities resulting from research supported by the David J. Wolf, MD Visiting Research Scholar Program must acknowledge the award and the Medical Center Archives of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine. Copies of any published material should be submitted to the Medical Center Archives.  

David J. Wolf, MD Visiting Research Scholars will be expected to submit a headshot and one paragraph summary of the research project for the Medical Center Archives website; respond to potential Weill Cornell Medicine requests for interviews related to the award receipt; enhance existing knowledge of collections consulted during the course of research; and submit a final report after the end of the award period. Scholars may also be invited to formally present their research at Weill Cornell Medicine at a later date. 

About Us

The Medical Center Archives of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine collects, organizes, and preserves the records of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, as well as affiliated and predecessor institutions, and makes these materials available for use by students, faculty, staff, and the public. In addition to institutional records, the Medical Center Archives holds approximately 300 collections of papers and manuscripts from noted associates, and more than 20,000 images of people, buildings, activities, and events associated with the medical center. In total, the Medical Center Archives contains more than 10,000 linear feet and 10 TB representing a continuous chronicle of health care, scientific research, and medical education dating back to 1771.

For more information about materials available for historical research, visit or contact


The David J. Wolf, MD Visiting Research Scholar Program was established in 2023. The program was made possible through gifts from the friends, patients, and family of Dr. David J. Wolf, who began his career as an intern at what is now the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and who retired in December 2020 after 41 years dedicated to the practice of medicine.

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The archives are open for onsite research by appointment only.

Monday - Friday: 9:30-12:30, 1:30-4:30

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Medical Center Archives
1300 York Avenue
PO Box #34
New York, NY 10065
(212) 746-6072