2018-2019 Library Fellowship Opportunities at the American Philosophical Society

Job type: fellowship

Application deadline: February 2, 2018


The American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia invites applications for long and short-term research fellowships for scholars working in all fields, and especially those working on projects pertaining to the history of science, technology, and medicineearly American historyNative American and Indigenous studies; and the digital humanities.

The Library houses over 11 million manuscript items, 350,000 volumes of printed materials, thousands of maps and prints, and more than a thousand hours of audio recordings of Native American languages. Collections continue to grow and are renowned for their depth and interdisciplinary strengths in diverse fields, including (but not necessarily limited to) Early American History and Culture to 1840 • Atlantic History • Intellectual History • Travel, Exploration and Expeditions • History of Science, Technology and Medicine • History of Biochemistry, Physiology and Biophysics including 20th-Century Medical Research • History of Eugenics and Genetics • History of Physics, especially Quantum Physics • History of Natural History in the 18th and 19th Centuries • Anthropology, particularly Native American History, Culture and Languages • Caribbean and Slavery Studies. The Library does not hold materials on philosophy in the modern sense.

Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to our collections are available online at: www.amphilsoc.org/library.

See individual fellowship descriptions below for more details and deadlines. Applicants whose research subjects overlap any other APS Library fellowship programs may also submit applications to other pertinent programs, though only one fellowship can be awarded to an individual. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-April. For more information about fellowships and grants please visit: www.amphilsoc.org/grants/fellowships.

Questions about fellowships may be directed to libfellows@amphilsoc.org or 215-440-3400

 

Library Long-term Predoctoral Fellowships (deadline February 2, 2018)

  •  Friends of the American Philosophical Society Fellowship in Early American History (to 1840)

This 12-month residential fellowship is intended for an advanced Ph.D. student working toward completion of the dissertation. A stipend of $25,000 will be awarded to the successful applicant, who will have desk space at the APS Library. The successful applicant also will receive an appointment as a Research Associate at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, (www.mceas.org). Further information about the fellowship and application process can be found at http://apply.interfolio.com/45710.

  • John C. Slater Fellowship in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This 12-month residential fellowship is intended for an advanced Ph.D. student working toward completion of the dissertation. A stipend of $25,000 will be awarded to the successful applicant, who will have desk space at the APS Library. The successful applicant also will be affiliated with the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (www.pachs.net), which is hosted by the APS. Further information about the fellowship and application process can be found at http://apply.interfolio.com/45706.

 

Library Short-term Fellowships (deadline February 2, 2018)

The APS’s short-term fellowships provide 1- to 3 months of support for researchers in residence who are using Library collections. Fellowships are open to researchers working in all fields who show a demonstrated need to use the Library’s collections for their project. A stipend of $3,000 per month is awarded to all successful applicants. Further information about the fellowship and application process can be found at https://apply.interfolio.com/45740.

 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Fellowships

These funding opportunities are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI). Fellows will be associated with the APS’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which promotes greater collaboration among scholars, archives, and indigenous communities.

  • Predoctoral Fellowship (deadline February 2, 2018)

This 12-month residential fellowship is intended for an advanced Ph.D. student working toward completion of the dissertation. A stipend of $25,000 (plus benefits) will be awarded to the successful applicant, who will have desk space at the APS Library. In addition, the predoctoral fellow will receive $5,000 in funding to support outside research, fieldwork, and/or travel. Further information about the fellowship and application process can be found at https://apply.interfolio.com/45725.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (deadline February 2, 2018)

This 12-month residential fellowship is intended for a recent Ph.D., professor at any level seeking sabbatical support for a research project, or an independent scholar working closely with an Indigenous community on a project. A stipend that includes the option for health benefits will be awarded to the successful applicant, who will have desk space at the APS Library. The stipend will be in the $45-60K range (depending on benefits). In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will receive $5,000 in funding to support outside research, fieldwork, and/or travel. Further information about the fellowship and application process can be found at https://apply.interfolio.com/4573.

  • Short-term Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellowship (deadline March 2, 2018)

These fellowships are open to scholars working on Native American and Indigenous topics who need to do archival research at the APS Library or elsewhere in order to complete their projects. Preference will be given to those who are working closely with Native communities and who plan to share their research with Native communities. The stipend is $3,000 plus travel costs associated with the annual DKS workshop. Further information about the fellowship and application process can be found at https://apply.interfolio.com/47008

  • Undergraduate Summer Internship (deadline March 2, 2018)

This eight-week paid internship program at the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia will offer a hands-on research experience and will include mentorship and networking opportunities. Working with mentors, interns will develop their own archives-based projects or pursue research projects identified by the Indigenous communities with which the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) interacts and collaborates. The internship will from June 17 to August 11, 2018. More details and instructions on how to apply can be found at https://apply.interfolio.com/48129.

 

Digital Humanities Fellowship (deadline March 2, 2018)

The Digital Humanities Fellowship, for up to two months, 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. A stipend of $3,000 per month will be awarded to the successful applicant after their arrival at the Library. Further information about the fellowship and application process can be found at https://apply.interfolio.com/46255.

 

About the Library: Founded in 1743, the American Philosophical Society, located near Independence Hall in Philadelphia, is a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, the history of anthropology, as well as early American history and culture. The Library houses over 13 million manuscript leaves, 275,000 volumes and bound periodicals, thousands of prints and maps, and large audio, video, and digital holdings. Outstanding historical collections and subject areas include the papers of Benjamin Franklin (14,000 letters and documents); Jefferson’s holograph of the Declaration of Independence; the American Revolution; the papers of Thomas Paine; 18th and 19th-century natural history; western scientific expeditions and travel including the original journals of Lewis and Clark; polar exploration; the papers of Charles Willson Peale, his family and descendants; American Indian languages; anthropology including the papers of Franz Boas; the papers of Charles Darwin and his forerunners, colleagues, critics, and successors; history of genetics, eugenics, and evolution; history of biochemistry, physiology, and biophysics; 20th-century medical research; and history of physics. The Library does not hold materials on philosophy in the modern sense. More information about the Society and the APS Library can be found at www.amphilsoc.org.

Posted: January 29, 2018