The American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, proudly bears the title of the nation's oldest learned society.  Our founders participated in the birth of American democracy. It pains us greatly that all these years later, our nation's promise has yet to be fulfilled.  We join all Americans of good will in deploring the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Over these past months the Society has hosted a number of virtual programs.  Even as we now resume our work with the offering of new programs, our attention remains focused on the senseless loss of innocent lives and our commitment to the difficult, necessary conversations and actions we must all take to begin to ensure that such tragedies end. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. Read more about the APS response to COVID-19.

Grants and Fellowships

American Philosophical Society
The Library at the American Philosophical Society supports a diverse community of scholars working on a wide-range of projects in fields including early American history...
Erin Holmes
As an interdisciplinary scholar, I am a historian of a lot of things. I am a historian of Early America, slavery, social, cultural, and political...
American Philosophical Society
By David Dunning, PhD Candidate, Princeton University 2019-2020 Leon and Joanne V.C. Knopoff Fellow During his one-month residential research fellowship held during June 2019, Dunning...
American Philosophical Society
The Library at the American Philosophical Society supports a diverse community of scholars working on a wide-range of projects in fields including early American history...
American Philosophical Society
The American Philosophical Society (APS) Library & Museum is pleased to announce its 2020 Indigenous Community Research Fellowships. Made possible by generous donors and the...
American Philosophical Society
The Library at the American Philosophical Society supports a diverse community of scholars working on a wide-range of projects in fields including early American history...
American Philosophical Society
Congratulations to the American Philosophical Society Fellowship recipients for 2019-2020! This year the Society awarded six long-term, two digital humanities, and twenty-five short-term fellowships for...
American Philosophical Society
The Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) at the American Philosophical Society Library invites applications for a one-year fellowship for scholars with terminal degrees in fields...