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Digital Humanities Fellowships

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The American Philosophical Library welcomes applications for fellowships in the Digital Humanities. These one-month fellowships are open to scholars at all stages of their careers, including graduate students. Interested scholars may choose to submit proposals for projects that: 1) utilize the APS’s Library holdings to advance a digital component of an independent research project, or, 2) seek to apply existing tools and expertise to digital projects developed in collaboration with the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship. Possible collaborative projects will focus on the Center’s Open Data Initiative and would explore data sets created from either a) the Benjamin Franklin postal records kept during his tenure as Postmaster of Colonial Philadelphia, 1748-1752, or b) datasets created from a stout volume of indenture records for servants and redemptioners coming through the port of Philadelphia during the 1770s. Applicants interested in working on these project need not have special expertise in early American history.

Stipend: $3,000 per month will be awarded to the successful applicant after their arrival at the Library.

All application materials will be submitted online. Applicants must submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proposal for a digital project including a detailed work plan and a proposed timeline for the fellowship term (no more than 4 double-spaced pages)
  • Examples of previous digital humanities projects (if available)
  • Two confidential letters of reference

For additional details and instruction on how to apply, visit:

Current and Past Recipients


Nicôle Meehan, University of St. Andrews, “Visualising Movement, Charting Memory: Indenture Records for Servants and Redemptioners”

Molly Nebiolo, Northeastern University, “Visualzing Urban Infrastructure, Health, and Medicine in 17th and 18th Century Philadelphia”


Loren Michael Mortimer, University of California-Davis, “(re)Mapping Kaniatarowanenneh: A Digital Atlas of Native American Political Ecology on the Upper St. Lawrence River, 1603-1850”

Serenity Sutherland, SUNY Oswego, “Visualizing 19th and 20th Century Women in Science”


Annette Joseph-Gabriel, The University of Arizona, “Mapping Marronage: Visualizing Transatlantic Networks of Freedom”

Steve Marti, University of Delaware, Eastern State Penitentiary records


A.J. Blandford, Rutgers University, “Labor and the Visualization of Knowledge in American Geological Surveys, 1780-1860”

Sarah Ketchley, University of Washington, “Visualizing ‘Golden Age’ Nile Travel: The Emma B. Andrews Diary Project”