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Library Long-Term Predoctoral Fellowships

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The American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia seeks applicants for one-year residential predoctoral fellowships to assist in the completion of doctoral dissertation research. One fellowship will be awarded in the following areas of study.

Friends of the APS Fellowship in Early American History (to 1840)

Applicants’ research must pertain to topics in early American history (to 1840).

The successful applicant will receive an appointment as a Research Associate at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, which will provide library and computer privileges at the University of Pennsylvania to those who agree to participate regularly in the McNeil Center’s seminars and other programming (

To Apply:

John C. Slater Fellowship in the History of Science 

Applicants’ research must pertain to topics in the history of science, technology, or medicine.

The successful applicant will be affiliated with the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (, which is hosted by the APS. The Consortium comprises 26 cultural, educational, and scientific organizations promoting public and academic understanding of the history of science, technology, and medicine. Society fellows will be welcome to participate in Consortium activities and events alongside Consortium fellows, including ten topical working groups discussing works-in-progress and important publications.

To Apply:

Long-Term Fellowships in Native American and Indigenous Studies

For more information on opportunities in Native American history and studies, see the Andrew W. Mellon Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Fellowships page.

Current and Past Recipients


Friends of the APS Predoctoral Fellowship in Early American History (to 1840)

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

John C. Slater Predoctoral Fellowship in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

  • Siva Prashant Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, “Empire of Space and Time: Data and Cosmography in British India, 1783-1924”

American Philosophical Society Pilot Program in the History of Science Fellowships

  • Megan McDonie, The Pennsylvania State University, “Explosive Encounters: Volcanic Landscapes, Indigenous Knowledge, and Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Mesoamerica”
  • Gina Surita, Princeton University, “The Currency of the Cell: Energy, Metabolism, and Life in Twentieth-Century Biochemistry"

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Predoctoral Fellowship

  • Mary Kate Kelly, Tulane University, “Speech Carved in Stone: Language Variation among the Ancient Lowland Mayas”

Friends of the APS Fellowship in Early American History (to 1840)

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

John C. Slater Fellowship in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

  • Lauren Kapsalakis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Pedagogy, Practice, and Place: Field Schools as Laboratories in American Anthropology, 1929-1975"

Elizabeth R. Moran Fellowship

  • Julie Fisher, University of Delaware, "APS Bibliography and Biography Project"



Friends of the APS Fellowship in Early American History (to 1840)

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

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Fellowship

  • Tabea Cornel, University of Pennsylvania, “Through the Brain into the Body: Handedness Research and the Problem of Sex/Gender, ca. 1860-2015”

Elizabeth R. Moran Fellowship

  • Will Fenton, Fordham University, Digital bibliography of diaries and journals in APS collections


Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) Fellowship

  • Brandon Layton, University of California-Davis, “Children of Two Fires”

Friends of the APS Fellowship in Early American History (to 1840)

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

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Fellowship

  • Elaine LaFay, University of Pennsylvania, “Atmospheric Bodies: Medicine, Meteorology, and the Cultivation of Place in the Antebellum Gulf South”

Elizabeth R. Moran Fellowship

  • Alexandra Montgomery, University of Pennsylvania, Brushwood Stables Deed Collection