Founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge,” the American Philosophical Society is the oldest learned society in the United States. Today the society sustains this mission by honoring and engaging leading scholars, scientists, and professionals, supporting research and discovery, and serving scholars with a research library of manuscripts and other collections internationally recognized for their enduring historic value.
To that end, the organization is inviting applications for its Frankilin Research Grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded to young scholars who have recently received their doctorate in support of costs related to travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.
The December 1 deadline is for a March 2020 decision for work to be conducted in April 2020 through January 2021.
To be eligible, applicants must have a doctorate or have published work of doctoral character and quality. PhD candidates are not eligible to apply. American citizens and residents of the United States may use their Franklin awards at home or abroad. Foreign nationals not affiliated with a U.S. institution must use their Franklin awards for research in the United States.
See the American Philosophical Society website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.