American Philosophical Society Library Resident Research Fellowship


The American Philosophical Society Library offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections. The Society's Library, located near Independence Hall in Philadelphia, is 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. Outstanding historical collections and subject areas include the papers of Benjamin Franklin; the American Revolution; 18th and 19th-century natural history; western scientific expeditions and travel including the journals of Lewis and Clark; polar exploration; the papers of Charles Willson Peale, his family and descendants; American Indian languages; anthropology including the papers of Franz Boas; the papers of Charles Darwin and his forerunners, colleagues, critics, and successors; history of genetics, eugenics, and evolution; history of biochemistry, physiology, and biophysics; 20th-century medical research; and history of physics. The Library does not hold materials on philosophy in the modern sense.


The fellowships, funded by a number of generous benefactors, are open to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who are holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent, Ph.D. candidates who have passed their preliminary examinations, and independent scholars. Applicants in any relevant field of scholarship may apply. Candidates who live 75 or more miles from Philadelphia will receive some preference.

Award Amount

The stipend is $2,500 per month, and the term of the fellowship is a minimum of one month and a maximum of three, taken between June 1 and May 31 of the following year. Fellowships are usually of one month in duration, and seldom exceed two months. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Library for four to twelve consecutive weeks, depending upon the length of their award. Awards are taxable income, but the Society is not required to report payments. It is recommended that recipients discuss their reporting obligations with their tax advisors.