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 organization is inviting 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 to doctoral students in support of travel and related expenses (including equipment) for the field collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. Proposals that are archival in nature or museum based are not normally be considered.
Applications are invited from disciplines with a large dependence on field studies (e.g., archaeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, paleontology, and population genetics) but grants will not be restricted to those fields.
Applications are due by November 1.
To be eligible, applicants must be a doctoral student. Programs are open to U.S. citizens and residents wishing to carry out research anywhere in the world; 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.
Subject: Science/Technology; Social Science
Organization: American Philosophical Society