Holiday Hours: APS offices, Library, and Museum are closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25. The Museum exhibition is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27. 

Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellowships

The American Philosophical Society's Library & Museum in Philadelphia invites applications for short-term Digital Knowledge Sharing fellowships to support university- and community-based scholars and researchers working on digital projects that connect archives and Indigenous communities.

These fellowships are open to scholars and researchers at all stages of their careers, especially Native American scholars in training, tribal college and university faculty members, and other scholars working closely with Native communities, or as members of them, on projects in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields, including community-directed projects. Past projects have focused on materials housed at the APS as well as collections held at other archives and libraries. The fellowship stipend is $3,000 plus the costs associated with visiting the APS for the summer workshop with other DKS fellows. The exact dates of the workshop will be coordinated with successful applicants.

These funding opportunities are supported by Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI). Selected fellows will work with the APS’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which works with Indigenous communities throughout North America and with scholars in many disciplines. The heart of CNAIR’s mission is working collaboratively to reconnect collections to communities. These efforts focus on enhancing access by providing digital copies of APS materials to Indigenous cultural centers, archives, language programs, and schools, and building lasting, collaborative relationships based upon our shared values of preserving knowledge of the past for the benefit of future generations.

To learn more about CNAIR, available fellowship and internship opportunities, and to browse the APS Library’s holdings related to over 650 different Indigenous cultures, visit

Applicants will submit:

  • C.V.,
  • An introductory cover letter,
  • A proposal (2 pages double-spaced) that outlines the work to be undertaken during the fellowship term,
  • Two letters of recommendation that offer support of the proposed project and speak to the credentials of the applicant,
  • For those working on a community-based project, a letter of support from the Indigenous community where the project is based is highly recommended.

Deadline: March 20, 2022.