Research Centers and Institutes

A wide range of research centers, institutes, and fellowship and grant programs at Yale support research and public events of interest to eighteenth century studies.


Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

The Gilder Lehrman Center sponsors lectures, conferences, workshops and other programs which focus on the  investigation and dissemination of knowledge concerning chattel slavery and its destruction.  It’s Yale Slavery and Abolition Portal is designed to help researchers and students find primary source and other material, related to slavery and its legacies, within Yale’s many libraries and galleries. Other program offerings include annual Post-Doctoral and Faculty Fellowships for visiting fellows, and Summer Graduate Research Fellowships for Yale University graduate students.

Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (West Campus)

The Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH), on Yale’s West Campus, in West Haven, Connecticut, “is dedicated to advancing the field of heritage science through transdisciplinary research, education and training, practice and advocacy, with the aim to enhance sustainable preservation of cultural heritage, interpretation, and access in service to the global conservation community.” The ICPH engages in cutting-edge research and teaching in a multidisciplinary setting and works closely with Yale’s collections, libraries, and academic programs.

Whitney Humanities Center

Whitney Humanities Center (WHC) reflects Yale’s long-standing commitment to the humanities, with programs that promote research and exchange across disciplines. WHC sponsors and hosts film and lecture series, and other events. 

Yale Institute of Sacred Music

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM), working in close collaboration with the Yale School of Music and the Yale Divinity School, is an interdisciplinary graduate center for the study and practice of sacred music, worship, and the related arts. ISM sponsors about 100 concerts, recitals, conferences, lectures, exhibits, films, and special events each year and is an active partner in the worship life of Yale’s many chapels.  ISM’s fellowship program attracts Senior Fellows and Postdoctoral scholars from around the world.