Short-Term Library Resident Research Fellowships

American Philosophical Society

Job type: fellowship

Application deadline: February 2, 2018


The American Philosophical Society Library offers competitive 1- to 3-month residential fellowships for researchers in all fields who show a demonstrated need to use the Library’s collections.

The APS 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


The fellowships, funded by generous benefactors, are open to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. (The APS Library, however, does not participate in visa and other exchange programs. We offer the fellowship and stipend only as a means of personal support to defray costs of working in Philadelphia while conducting research at the Library.)

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 in any relevant field of scholarship may apply. Candidates who live 75 or more miles from Philadelphia receive some preference.

Award and Conditions

A stipend of $3,000 per month is awarded for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. The stipend is paid after the awardee arrives in the Library to begin their fellowship. The duration of award is requested by the candidate, but the final decision is made by the Fellowship Committee. The purpose of the stipend is to defray the costs of working in Philadelphia.

Fellowships may be taken starting any day no earlier than June 1, 2018 and must be completed by May 31, 2019. Fellows are required to be in residence at the Library for four to twelve consecutive weeks, depending upon the length of the award. Fellows do not have to decide on the dates of their fellowship right away; they have one year to decide, although most take their fellowships during the summer period.

Deadline and Notification: February 2, 2018; notifications in late April.

To Apply:

Posted: October 05, 2017