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 weeks the Society has hosted a number of exciting virtual programs, and we look forward to resuming this programming when appropriate. Now our attention is rightly focused on mourning the senseless loss of an innocent life and reflecting on 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.

John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship

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(March 20, 2020) -- The APS is continuing to conduct grant application, selection, and award processes as planned. We understand that COVID-19 may impact your funded project as activities may be postponed or cancelled. Grantees may contact Linda Musumeci,, to explore options such as extensions, budget revisions, and scope changes. APS staff are working remotely for the foreseeable future, so there may be some delay in response.


The John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship, named in honor of a distinguished member of the American Philosophical Society, is designed to support an outstanding doctoral student at an American university or an exceptional American doctoral student abroad who is completing the dissertation.

Questions concerning this fellowship program and its requirements should be directed to Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, at or 215-440-3429.