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Long-Term Residential 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 Predoctoral 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 (www.mceas.org).

To Apply: https://apply.interfolio.com/79202


John C. Slater Predoctoral 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 (www.chstm.org), 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: https://apply.interfolio.com/69497


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

This 12-month or 6-month fellowship is intended for an advanced Ph.D. student working toward the completion of the dissertation. Applications are open to scholars in all related fields and all periods of time, although preference will be given to those who have experience working with Indigenous communities. 

These funding opportunities are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI).  Fellows will be based at the Library & Museum's Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which aims to promote greater collaboration between scholars, archives, and indigenous communities.

A stipend of $25,000 for twelve months and $12,500 for six months (plus health benefits if one’s home institution does not provide it) will be awarded to the successful applicants, who will also have desk space at the APS Library & Museum’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research. In addition, predoctoral fellows will receive travel funds for outside research, fieldwork, and/or travel ($5,000 for 12 months and $2,500 for 6 months).

To Apply: https://apply.interfolio.com/79205

Current and Past Recipients

2020-2021

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

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

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

  • Andrew Seaton, New York University, "The National Health Service and the Endurances of British Social Democracy, 1948 to the Present"
2019-2020

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”
2018-2019

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"

 

2017-2018

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

2016-2017

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