American Philosophical Society John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship


This fellowship, named in honor of a distinguished member of the American Philosophical Society, is designed to support an outstanding African-American graduate student attending any Ph.D. granting institution in the United States, in any field of knowledge. There is no residential requirement.


Candidates must have completed all course work and examinations preliminary to the doctoral dissertation and be prepared to devote full time for twelve months-with no teaching obligations-to research on their dissertation projects or the writing of their dissertations.

Award Amount

The stipend for this fellowship is $25,000 for a twelve-month award period, and the twelve-month period is flexible: for example, June 1, 2014–May 31, 2015; or September 1, 2014–August 31, 2015; or the calendar year 2015. The John Hope Franklin Fellowship may not be combined with payments for teaching but may be held in conjunction with other stipendiary awards.