American Philosophical Society Library Programs

Job Type: Fellowship

Please see below for individual descriptions of the programs:

One-year resident fellowships to assist in the completion of doctoral dissertation research. One fellowship is offered in each of three areas of study:

  • Native American and Indigenous Research
  • Early American History (to 1840)
  • History of Science, Technology and Medicine

For information on all three fellowships:

American Philosophical Society, RESEARCH PROGRAMS Information and application instructions for all of the Society’s programs can be accessed at our website, Click on the “Grants” tab at the top of the homepage.


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 LEWIS AND CLARK programs should be directed to Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, at or 215-440-3429.

Questions concerning all LIBRARY FELLOWSHIPS should be directed to Earle Spamer at or 215-440-3443.

Questions concerning the MELLON FELLOWSHIPS should be directed to Hannah Sisk at or 215-440-3442.


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.

Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research

Scope: The Lewis and Clark Fund encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. Applications are invited from disciplines with a large dependence on field studies, such as archaeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, and paleontology, but grants will not be restricted to these fields.

Eligibility: Grants will be available to doctoral students who wish to participate in field studies for their dissertations or for other purposes. Master’s candidates, undergraduates, and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible.

Award: Grants will depend on travel costs but will ordinarily be in the range of several hundred dollars to about $5,000.

Deadline February 1 (letters of support due January 29); notification in May.

Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology

Scope: The American Philosophical Society and the NASA Astrobiology Institute have partnered to promote the continued exploration of the world around us through a new program of research grants in support of astrobiological field studies undertaken by graduate students and by post-doctoral and junior scientists and scholars.

Eligibility: Grants will be available to graduate students, postdoctoral students, and junior scientists who wish to participate in field studies for their theses or for other purposes. Undergraduates are not eligible.

Award: Grants will depend on travel costs but will ordinarily be in the range of several hundred dollars to about $5,000.

Deadline: February 1; notification in May.

Library Long-Term Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

Scope: 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.

Eligibility: 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

Stipend: $25,000

Deadline: February 1; notification by April 15

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.

Deadline: March 1; notification in May.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship

Scope: 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.

Eligibility: 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.

Stipend: $45,000 per year, plus benefits and modest travel stipend for independent research

Deadline: November 28; notification by March 1.

Posted: July 17, 2016