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Research Fellowships, American Philosophical Society Library

The American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia invites applications for long and short-term research fellowships for scholars working in all fields, and especially those working on projects pertaining to the history of science, technology, and medicine; early American history; and Native American and Indigenous studies.

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 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

Applications are now open for the following positions. Applicants whose research subjects overlap any other APS Library fellowship programs may also submit applications to other pertinent programs, though only one fellowship can be awarded to an individual.

The deadline for all applications is February 2, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified in April.

These 12-month fellowships are intended for advanced Ph.D. students working toward the completion of the dissertation.

- Friends of the American Philosophical Society Fellowship in Early American History (to 1840)
- John C. Slater Fellowship in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Predoctoral Fellowship

To apply for a predoctoral fellowship, applicants must submit a C.V., a dissertation proposal, a sample chapter from the dissertation not to exceed 25 double-space pages, a cover letter, and three letters of reference. Applicants applying for the Andrew W. Mellon NASI Predoctoral Fellowship are encouraged to obtain a letter of support from the indigenous community where the work is based. Additional details about the positions and instructions on how to apply can be found on Interfolio.


- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Postdoctoral Fellowship


The APS’s short-term fellowships provide 1- to 3 months of support for researchers in residence who are using Library collections. Fellowships are open to researchers working in all fields who show a demonstrated need to use the Library’s collections for their project. A stipend of $3,000 per month is awarded to all successful applicants for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. Approximately 25-30 short-term fellowships are awarded each year. 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 may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals. Candidates who live 75 or more miles from Philadelphia receive some preference.
- To apply, please submit: a C.V., a project proposal, a cover letter, and two letters of reference to

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