2020-2021 Fellowship Opportunities at the American Philosophical Society Library & Museum, American Philosophical Society

Job Type: Fellowship


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

The APS Library & Museum’s collections make it among the premier institutions for documenting and exhibiting the history of the American Revolution and founding, the history of science from Newton to NASA, Native American languages and culture, and the development of American anthropology. The Library & Museum houses over 13 million manuscripts; 350,000 volumes of printed materials and bound periodicals; 250,000 images, fine art, and other objects; thousands of maps and prints; and more than 3,500 hours of audio recordings of Native American languages.

Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to our collections are available online at the Library website here and at the online database here.

Applications are now open for the following positions:

  • Indigenous Community Research Fellowships (deadline: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m EDT)
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship (deadline: Monday, November 25, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST).
  • Long-term fellowship opportunities (deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST).
  • NASI Undergraduate Summer Internships (deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST).
  • Short-term fellowship opportunities (deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST).

Applicants whose research subjects overlap any other APS Library & Museum fellowship programs may also submit applications to other pertinent programs, though only one fellowship can be awarded to an individual. The strongest applications will demonstrate a clear need to consult materials housed in the APS Library & Museum and will list which collections will be used during the fellowship term.

See individual fellowship descriptions below for more information and instructions on how to apply. For a complete listing of all APS grant and fellowship opportunities, visit our website here.

Long-Term Fellowships

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship

Note: The deadline for The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship is Monday, November 25, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

This 2-year fellowship will provide a recent Ph.D. with 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. Primary responsibilities will include: 1) Conducting research in the APS Library & Museum collections in preparation for exhibitions exploring the intersections of history, art, and science; 2) Selecting objects for exhibitions and developing thematic narratives; 3) Helping plan and implement exhibitions as well as researching and writing interpretive materials for non-scholarly audiences (exhibition labels and text panels, website text, etc.)

  • Applicants will receive a stipend of $48,500 a year plus benefits, along with additional funds for research support, travel, and relocation.
  • Twenty percent of the Fellow’s time will be reserved for their own independent research, ideally using resources at the APS or kindred regional institutions. The Fellow will also be expected to participate in the vibrant intellectual community at the Society.
  • The fellowship term is July 1, 2020 through September 15, 2022.

To apply, please submit materials here.

Applications for the following long-term fellowship opportunities may be submitted no later than Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Postdoctoral Fellowship

This 12-month 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.

  • Applicants will receive a stipend of $45,000-$60,000 for twelve months, depending on health insurance needs and other factors. An additional $5,000 will be provided to support outside research and travel.
  • Applications are open to scholars working on projects in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields and in all periods of time. Preference will be given to those who have experience working with Indigenous communities.
  • The successful applicant will be based at the Library & Museum’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which aims to promote greater collaboration between scholars, archives, and indigenous communities.

To apply, please submit materials here.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Predoctoral Fellowship

This 12-month fellowship is intended for advanced Ph.D. students working toward the completion of the dissertation.

  • Applicants will receive a stipend of $25,000, plus travel and research funds, to support twelve months of work in Native American and Indigenous Studies or allied fields.
  • Applications are open to scholars working on projects in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields and in all periods of time. Preference will be given to those who have experience working with Native communities.
  • The successful applicant will be based at the Library & Museum’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which aims to promote greater collaboration between scholars, archives, and indigenous communities.

To apply, please submit materials here.

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

This 12-month fellowship is intended for advanced Ph.D. students working toward the completion of the dissertation.

  • Applicants will receive a stipend of $25,000 to support twelve months of work on topics pertaining to early American history (to 1840).
  • The successful applicant will receive an appointment as a Research Associate at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, which will provide library and computer privileges at the University of Pennsylvania to those who agree to participate regularly in the McNeil Center’s seminars and other programming.

To apply, please submit materials here.

 

John C. Slater Predoctoral Fellowship in the History of Science

This 12-month fellowship is intended for advanced Ph.D. students working toward the completion of the dissertation.

  • Applicants will receive a stipend of $25,000 to support twelve months of work on topics pertaining to the history of science, broadly defined.
  • Applicants’ research must pertain to topics in the history of science or related fields.
  • The successful applicant will be affiliated with the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

To apply, please submit materials here.

Short-Term Fellowships

Indigenous Community Research Fellowship

Note: The deadline for Indigenous Community Research Fellowships is Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

These fellowships support research by Indigenous community members, elders, teachers, knowledge keepers, tribal officials, traditional leaders, museum and archive professionals, scholars, and others, regardless of academic background, seeking to examine materials at the APS Library & Museum in support of Indigenous community-based priorities.

The fellowship may be used by individuals or used to enable a group of researchers to visit the APS in Philadelphia between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Any community whose cultural heritage is represented in the APS Library & Museum’s collections is encouraged to apply. University-based scholars and independent researchers working on projects in collaboration with Native communities are also eligible to apply. Such applicants are expected to provide letters of support from relevant community members.

Applicants must provide:

  • An outline of the project and rationale for the visit to the APS Library & Museum, and envisioned outcomes and uses of the research after the fellowship.
  • A list of materials of interest for use during the fellowship. (For information on APS collections, visit the Indigenous Subject Guide).
  • Names of participant(s) who would visit the Library & Museum.
  • A proposed timeline and budget for the fellowship term. Applicants may request up to $5,000. The budget worksheet and guidelines are available on the APS’s website here.

To apply, please submit materials here.

Applications for the following short-term fellowship opportunities may be submitted no later than Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Library & Museum Resident Short-Term Research Fellowship

The APS’s short-term fellowships provide 1- to 3- months of support for researchers in residence who are using Library & Museum collections. Fellowships are open to researchers working in all fields who show a demonstrated need to use the Library & Museum’s collections for their project.

A stipend of $3,000 per month is awarded to all successful applicants for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. Approximately 25-30 short-term fellowships are awarded each year.

Applicants may be:

  • Holders of the Ph.D. or its equivalent.
  • Ph.D. candidates who have passed their preliminary examinations and are working on their dissertation research.
  • Degreed independent scholars (without current academic affiliation).
  • U.S. citizens or foreign nationals. Candidates who live 75 or more miles from Philadelphia receive some preference.

To apply, please submit materials here.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellowship

These fellowships complement the collaborative work undertaken by the Library & Museum’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) to support university- and community-based scholars working on digital projects that connect archives and Indigenous communities.

  • DKS fellowships are open to scholars at all stages of their careers, especially Native American scholars in training, tribal college and university faculty members, and other scholars working closely with Native communities.
  • Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $3,000 plus the costs associated with visiting the APS in Philadelphia to attend a summer workshop with other DKS fellows.
  • Applicants may use materials hosted at the APS Library & Museum as well as those held at other archives and libraries.
  • These funding opportunities are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI). Selected fellows will be associated with the APS Library & Museum’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR).

To apply, please submit materials here.

Digital Humanities Fellowship

These fellowships, for up to 2 months, are open to scholars at all stages of their careers, including graduate students, who are developing digital projects that: 1) utilize the APS Library & Museum collections, open datasets, or other APS holdings to advance a digital component of an independent research project, or, 2) seek to apply existing tools and expertise to digital projects developed in collaboration with the Library & Museum’s Center for Digital Scholarship.

  • Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $3,000 for a minimum of one month and a maximum of two months.
  • Recent examples of collaborative projects have focused on the Center’s Open Data Initiative and have explored datasets created from Benjamin Franklin’s postal records, indenture records for servants and redemptioners coming through the port of Philadelphia during the 1770s, and a network visualization of correspondence networks of women scientists found in the APS’s collections.

To apply, please submit materials here.

Undergraduate Internships

Applications for these positions may be submitted no later than Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Summer Undergraduate Internship

These paid 8-week internships provide three talented undergraduates with the opportunity to conduct research, explore career possibilities in archives and special collections, and learn about advanced training in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields. The internship will take place from mid-June to mid-August 2020. Interns will have the opportunity to travel home during the internship period. The stipend is between $3,000 and $3,500 (depending on housing costs), plus a travel allowance.

Further information about the internship and application process can be found here.

Applicants: Please use Interfolio’s help desk for any issues pertaining to the online application process.

Contact regarding the Fellowship program and the American Philosophical Society Library & Museum may be directed to Adrianna Link, Ph.D., Head of Scholarly Programs, at alink@amphilsoc.org or by phone at 215-440-3415.

Posted: October 11, 2019