The APS Library & Museum invites scholars to apply for fellowships to do research in the collections. Fellowships are offered for short-term and long-term opportunities, for subject-specific research, and in digital humanities.
Postdoctoral fellowships are also available for recent Ph.D. graduates seeking hands-on experience in curatorial work and the opportunity to pursue an independent research project, preferably one related to the collections or programs of the Society’s Library & Museum. Many of these opportunities may be of interest to ASECS members.
Franklin Research Grants Scope This program of small grants to scholars is intended to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the cost of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.
Eligibility Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. Ph.D. candidates are not eligible to apply, but the Society is especially interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate.
Award From $1,000 to $6,000.
Deadlines October 1, December 1; notification in January and March.
Phillips Fund Grants for Native American Research Scope For research in Native American linguistics and ethnohistory, focusing on the continental United States and Canada. Given for a maximum of one year from date of award to cover travel, tapes, and consultants’ fees.
Eligibility Applicants may be graduate students pursuing either a master’s or a doctoral degree; postdoctoral applicants are also eligible.
Award From $1,000 to $3,500.
Deadline March 1; notification in May.
Library Long-Term Predoctoral Fellowships
The American Philosophical Society Library seeks applicants for one-year residential fellowships to assist in the completion of doctoral dissertation research in three areas of study. One fellowship will be awarded in each of these programs: the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) Fellowship, the Friends of the APS Fellowship in Early American History (to 1840), and the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Fellowship.
The program is designed for advanced Ph.D. students working toward the completion of the dissertation. Applicants whose research overlaps any of the three available categories may submit applications to all pertinent programs
$25,000 for a 12-month period.
Library Digital Humanities Fellowship
This one-month fellowship is open to scholars who are comfortable creating tools and visualizations, as well as those interested in working collaboratively with the APS technology team.
Scholars, including graduate students, at any stage of their career may apply. Special consideration will be given to proposals that present APS Library holdings in new and engaging ways.
$3,000 upon arrival at the APS Library.
Library Resident Research Fellowships Scope The Library Resident Research fellowships support research in the Society's collections.
Eligibility Applicants must demonstrate a need to work in the Society's collections for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. Applicants in any relevant field of scholarship may apply. Candidates whose normal place of residence is farther away than a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia will be given some preference. Applicants do not need to hold the doctorate, although Ph.D. candidates must have passed their preliminary examinations.
Stipend $3,000 per month; notification in late April.
Library Long-Term Fellowship Opportunities in the History of Science
Long-term residential fellowships for advanced predoctoral students and sabbatical scholars specializing in the history of science.
Applicants’ research must pertain to topics in the history of science and related fields.
The successful applicant will be affiliated with the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (https://www.chstm.org/), which is hosted by the APS.
$25,000 plus research and travel support for a 12-month period.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship
The two-year fellowship, based in the APS Museum, will provide hands-on experience in curatorial work and the opportunity to pursue an independent research project, preferably one related to the collections or programs of the Society’s library and museum. The Mellon Fellow will conduct research in the APS collections four days per week in preparation for the APS Museum’s interdisciplinary exhibitions exploring the intersections of history, art, and science. The fifth day may be used for independent research.
PhD in any humanities discipline, awarded within the past five years. The history of science, 18th- and 19th-century American history, and the history of art often relate most closely to exhibition content. However, the museum's approach is interdisciplinary, and applications from qualified researchers in any humanities discipline are welcome.
$45,000 per year, plus benefits and modest travel stipend for independent research.
Note that the deadlines for Library and Museum Fellowships will be determined shortly and new opportunities are continually being added. Please consult the APS website, https://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/fellowships, for the most up-to-date information.
American Philosophical Society, RESEARCH PROGRAMS Information and application instructions for all of the Society's programs can be accessed at our website, http://www.amphilsoc.org. Click on the "Grants" tab at the top of the homepage.
INFORMATION about ALL PROGRAMS Purpose, scope Awards are made for noncommercial research only. The Society makes no grants for academic study or classroom presentation, for travel to conferences, for non-scholarly projects, for assistance with translation, or for the preparation of materials for use by students. The Society does not pay overhead or indirect costs to any institution or costs of publication. Eligibility Applicants may be citizens or residents of the United States or American citizens resident abroad. Foreign nationals whose research can only be carried out in the United States are eligible, although applicants to the Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology must be U.S. citizens, U.S. residents, or foreign nationals formally affiliated with a U.S. institution. Grants are made to individuals; institutions are not eligible to apply. Requirements for each program vary. Tax information Grants and fellowships are taxable income, but the Society is not required to report payments. It is recommended that grant and fellowship recipients discuss their reporting obligations with their tax advisors. Grant funds are not to be used to pay income taxes on the award. Contact information Questions concerning the FRANKLIN and PHILLIPS programs should be directed to Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, at LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org or 215-440-3429.
Questions concerning all LIBRARY FELLOWSHIPS should be directed to email@example.com or 215-440-3443.
Questions concerning the MELLON FELLOWSHIPS should be directed to Magdalena Hoot at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-440-3442.
Information updated September 2021