David Center for the American Revolution Research Fellowships for International Scholars


The American Philosophical Society (APS)’s David Center for the American Revolution Research Fellowships for International Scholars support research by scholars based outside the United States seeking to examine materials at the APS's Library & Museum or other archives in the United States related to topics on the American Revolution and Founding Era. The fellowship is especially intended to support research on the cause, course, consequence, and experiences of the event (1750-1820). These opportunities are open to scholars in all fields who show a demonstrated need to use the collections for their project.

Funding is limited and competitive. Applications will be evaluated based upon the applicant’s demonstrated need to use APS's Library & Museum resources to advance the project. Normally, funds must be used within one year of receipt of the award, but given travel restrictions and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, awardees during this cycle may put off determining their travel dates until safe conditions for travel and research are in place again.

Successful applicants are awarded a stipend of $5,000. The stipend is paid after the awardee arrives in the United States to begin their fellowship. The purpose of the stipend is to defray the costs of working at archives in the United States. Awards are taxable income, but the Society is not required to report payments. It is understood that recipients will discuss their reporting obligations with their tax advisors. The American Philosophical Society does not participate in exchange visa programs. For current information on visa regulations, non-U.S. citizens should consult the U.S. State Department’s visa website at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html or contact a local U.S. consulate. 

Fellowships may be taken starting any day no earlier than June 1, 2024 and must be completed by May 31, 2025. Fellows do not have to decide on the dates of their fellowship right away; they have one year to decide.


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).

Application Instructions 

 All Applicants must submit:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • A research proposal (2 pages double-spaced), that outlines the status of your work and what you will research at U.S.-based archives. Special attention must be made to specific collections that will be of use during your fellowship.
  • Two confidential letters of reference

Deadline: March 15, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Application date
Humanities : History, Literature, Philosophy, Theology and religion
Social sciences : Political science