American Philosophical Society Library Short-Term Resident Research Fellowships

$3,000 stipend for residential fellowships conducting research on the history of American science and technology along with its European roots in the collections at the APS library

The APS Library offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections. The library is a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture.

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 are renowned for their depth and interdisciplinary strengths in diverse fields, including 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; and Caribbean and Slavery Studies. The Library does not hold materials on philosophy in the modern sense.

Fellows live in residence in Philadelphia and receive a $3,000 stipend to cover expenses.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants in any relevant field of scholarship may apply. Candidates who live 75 or more miles from Philadelphia receive some preference. The duration of award is requested by the candidate, but the final decision is made by the Fellowship Committee.

Fellowships may be taken beginning any day not 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.

Application Process

All application materials will be submitted online. All Applicants must submit:

  • A cover letter 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A research proposal, no longer than three pages, that outlines the status of your work and what you will research at the American Philosophical Society Library.  Special attention must be made to specific collections that will be of use during your fellowship
  • Contact information for two people who will submit confidential letters of reference

The link to the application can be found here.