Franklin Research Grants

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The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.

Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication. The Society does not pay overhead or indirect costs to any institution, and grant funds are not to be used to pay income tax on the award. Grants will not be made to replace salary during a leave of absence or earnings from summer teaching; pay living expenses while working at home; cover the costs of consultants or research assistants; or purchase permanent equipment such as computers, cameras, tape recorders, or laboratory apparatus.


For applications and two letters of support:

October 3, 2022, for a January 2023 decision for work beginning February 2023 through January 2024

December 1, 2022, for a March 2023 decision for work beginning April 2023 through January 2024

Note that end dates will be considered flexible/negotiable due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and closures.

Note: Applicants may be residents of the United States (either American citizens or foreign nationals or permanent residents affiliated with a U.S. institution) or American citizens resident abroad and may apply for funding to carry out projects anywhere in the world. Foreign nationals not affiliated with a U.S. institution are eligible to apply for projects to be carried out in the United States.

Application date
1-4 months
Social sciences : Geography, International Relations, Political science, Pedagogic & Education Research, Information and Communication Sciences, Sociology