American Philosophical Society Library Resident Research Fellowship

The APS Library offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections. We are 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.

Application Guidelines

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.

Each year a special two-month fellowship, sponsored by the Jack Miller Center, is also awarded “to advance scholarship in those fields of study that will contribute a deeper understanding of America’s founding principles and history and the wider traditions that influenced its development.” The Committee shall select the awardee for this fellowship, and all applications that are pertinent to these criteria will be considered for it. However, applicants who are especially interested in this two-month fellowship should state this in their application materials.

Fellowships may be taken beginning any day not earlier than June 1, 2019 and must be completed by May 31, 2020. Fellows are required to be in residence at the Library for four to twelve consecutive weeks, depending upon the length of the award.

Stipend: $3,000

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

  • A cover letter 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A research proposal (2 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

Deadline and Notification

March 1, 2019; notifications in late April.

Application date
4-12 weeks
America : United States (Mid-Atlantic)
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, Architecture, Art & Art History, Digital Humanities, History, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Music & Musicology, Philosophy, Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience
Between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
US$ 3.000/month