Frequently Asked Questions - Franklin Research Grants
No, you may submit the application as soon as you are finished with it. Check the status of your letters by logging in to your account and using the “track references” link.
No, only one application may be submitted for a given competition, meaning that each applicant can submit one request for funding for either the October 1 or December 1 deadline in a given year.
The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh was founded in 1970 to promote enquiry of the highest standards in the humanities, broadly conceived, and is both nationally and internationally renowned. It was the first interdisciplinary research institute in the United Kingdom, and since its foundation over 800 scholars from 60 countries have held fellowships. The Institute is housed in a secluded eighteenth-century courtyard close to the University library, where fellows have full borrowing rights and access to the library's unusually rich collection of manuscripts and rare books. It is also within easy reach of the National Library of Scotland, the Central City Library, the National Galleries and Museums, the library of the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland, the library of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the National Archives of Scotland. About 20 scholars can be accommodated in the Institute at any one time, and each has a private office with a computer, telephone, and internet access. All fellows give at least one seminar on their research and are expected to play a full part in the Institute's activities, which include a weekly fellows' lunch and a full program of seminars and scholarly events linked to the Institute's current research themes. The Institute has close links with all academic schools within the University of Edinburgh's College of Humanities and Social Science, and fellows are encouraged to develop contacts with appropriate faculty within the College. Further information about the IASH, including current research themes, is available at http://www.iash.ed.ac.uk/.
No, letters of support are due before the application deadline (see the program page for the exact date). As soon as you fill in the contact information for your letter writers, the system will send a message to them containing complete instructions on how to submit a letter on your behalf. You may want to fill in this section before completing the rest of the application in order to give your letter writers ample time to compose and submit their letters.
If your application shows the status “in progress” on October 2, you will be able to continue working on it and submit it for the December 1 deadline.
Applicants may be residents of the United States (either an American citizen or a foreign national or permanent resident affiliated with a U.S. institution) or American citizens resident abroad and may apply for funding to carry out projects anywhere in the world. Foreign nationals not affiliated with a U.S. institution are eligible to apply for projects to be carried out in the United States.
No, the applications are one and the same. Simply apply to the Franklin program by October 1 and indicate that you would also like to be considered for the British Academy Fellowship.
In general, publications should be scholarly in nature and length, with extensive footnotes and possibly, though not necessarily, peer reviewed.
Yes, you may apply to the program again after an interval of two years.
All proposals are judged on their merits, and awards are made accordingly. That said, given the goal of stretching our resources as far as possible, a junior scholar will be favored over his or her senior colleague when several applicants are competing for the same funds.
No, you must have earned the Ph.D. prior to the date of the application, although an exception will be made if you are merely waiting for the degree to be conferred.
The first refers to the full time frame of a trip or project, and the second asks for the exact time period during which APS funds would be needed.
No, the proposal will not be available to the letter writers at that time. The best approach is to send them a copy of your statement or otherwise discuss the project with them ahead of the deadline.