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 through a research library of manuscripts and other collections internationally recognized for their enduring historic value.
To that end, the society welcomes applications for its Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of travel and other expenses (including field equipment) for exploratory field studies that provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. Proposals that are archival in nature or museum based are not normally considered.
Applications are invited from disciplines with a large dependence on field studies, including archaeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, paleontology, and population genetics, but grants will not be restricted to these fields.
Applications are due November 16, and letters of support are due November 12, 2020.
To be eligible, applicants must be a doctoral student. Programs are open to citizens and residents of the United States wishing to carry out research anywhere in the world, although foreign applicants must either be based at a U.S. institution or plan to carry out their work in the United States.
See the American Philosophical Society website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, a list of previous awardees, and a sample application.