Dissertation and Research Fellowship Opportunities in Early American History, American Philosophical Society Library

American Philosophical Library

Job type: fellowship

Application deadline: February 1, 2019


The American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia invites applications for long and short-term research fellowships for scholars working in early American history.

The Library houses over 13 million manuscripts, 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 here.

Friends of the APS 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.

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Library 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 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 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)
  • Applicants may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals. Candidates who live 75 or more miles from Philadelphia receive some preference.

To apply, please submit materials here.

Deadline: March 1, 2019

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

Contact regarding the program and the American Philosophical Society: libfellows@amphilsoc.org

Posted: January 27, 2019