APS buildings are open to staff and invited guests. The Library is undergoing a renovation project that will make many collections inaccessible. It is expected to be completed in early 2022. 

Friends of the APS Predoctoral Fellowship

The American Philosophical Society's Library & Museum in Philadelphia seeks applicants for a one-year, residential fellowship for a graduate student working on topics in all fields who show a demonstrated need to use the Library & Museum’s collections for their project. The 12-month fellowship is intended for advanced Ph.D. students working toward the completion of the dissertation. The caliber of the project, and evidence that the project will be completed in a timely manner, are the two most important criteria for selection. The selection committee will also take into consideration the need to be at the APS's Library & Museum and other research institutions in the Philadelphia area. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals. 

  • Applicants’ research must pertain to topics reflected in the Library & Museum’s collections
  • The successful applicant will have the opportunity to participate in programs and other affairs at the American Philosophical Society

Stipend: $25,000 for twelve months will be awarded to all successful applicants

Applicants will submit:

  • C.V.,
  • Dissertation proposal (2-4 pages, double-spaced),
  • A sample chapter from their dissertation not to exceed 25 double-spaced pages,
  • An introductory cover letter that discusses their past and current work proposed to be completed on the fellowship,
  • Three letters of reference in support of the project and applicant.

Deadline: January 28, 2022. Notifications will be sent by April 2022.

Current and Past Recipients


Molly Nebiolo, Northeastern University, “Constructing Health: Concepts of Well-Being in the Creation of Early Atlantic Cities”


Gustave Lester, Harvard University, Mineral Lands, Mineral Empire: Mapping the Raw Materials of U.S. Industrial Capitalism, 1780-1880"


Hannah Anderson, University of Pennsylvania, “Lived Botany: Households, Ecological Adaptation, and the Origins of Settler Colonialism in Early British North America”


Nicole Schroeder, University of Virginia, “Incurable Defects: Welfare, Medicine, and the Disabled Body in Philadelphia, 1790-1840”


Max Matherne, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, “The Jacksonian Character: Patronage and Ideology in the Early Republic”


Katlyn Clark, Princeton University, “Practicing Politics in the Revolutionary Atlantic World: Secrecy, Publicity, and the Making of Modern Democracy”