The oldest learned society in the United States, the American Philosophical Society was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of "promoting useful knowledge." Today, the organization honors and engages leading scholars, scientists, and professionals; supports research and discovery; and serves scholars through a research library of enduring historic value.
To that end, the organization welcomes applications for the Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life on Earth and in the universe and, according to the society, encompasses research in the fields of astronomy, chemistry, evolutionary biology, field and population biology, geology, microbiology, molecular biology, oceanography, paleontology, and planetary science, among others, as well as investigations of the geologic and fossil record that lead to greater understand the conditions of the early Earth, when life arose.
Through the program, grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to graduate students and postdoctoral and junior scientists in support of field studies in any area of interest related to astrobiology to be carried out anywhere in the world.
Eligible applicants include citizens and permanent residents of the United States, and foreign nationals formally affiliated with a U.S.-based institution.
See the American Philosophical Society website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.