As of July 6th, APS offices are open to staff and invited visitors. The Society will remain closed to the public until further notice. Library & Museum staff now have access to our collections and will respond to reference and photoduplication requests as soon as possible. However, please note that response times may be delayed due to increased demand. The Society will continue a robust slate of virtual programs throughout the fall. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. For further information on the APS reopening and its COVID response, please click here.

Research Grants

Since 1933 the American Philosophical Society has awarded research grants to more than 15,000 scholars and encourages all eligible candidates to apply for our grants and fellowships.

(October 21, 2020) -- Our online portal is open and accepting new applications to our Franklin Research Grant, Lewis and Clark Fund, and Phillips Fund programs.

We understand that COVID-19 may have affected or will impact your funded project as activities may be postponed or cancelled. Note that end dates will be considered flexible/negotiable due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and closures. Current grantees may contact Linda Musumeci,, to explore options such as extensions, budget revisions, and scope changes. 


In 2019–2020 the Society awarded over $1.4 million to nearly 230 scholars, and we expect to continue this level of support in 2020–2021. We maintain fifteen grant or fellowship programs in a wide range of fields. Our Blumberg Grants in Astrobiology, Franklin Research Grant, Lewis and Clark Fund, Lewis and Clark Fund in Astrobiology, Library David Center Fellowship, Library Digital Humanities Fellowship, Library Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellowship, Library Short-Term Fellowship, Library NASI Undergraduate Internship, and Phillips Fund for Native American Research programs award small amounts ($1,000 to $6,000) for modest research purposes. Our Daland Fellowship in Clinical Investigation, John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship, Library Long-Term Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Library Long-Term Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and Mellon Curatorial Post-Doctoral Fellowship programs award much larger amounts ($25,000 to $60,000) in highly selective competitions.

Awards are made for noncommercial research only. The APS makes no grants for academic study or classroom presentation, travel to conferences, non-scholarly projects, assistance with translation, or the preparation of materials for use by students. The APS does not pay overhead or indirect costs to any institution or publication costs, and grant funds are not to be used to pay income tax on the award.

Please visit the Fellowships portion of our website for information on resident Library and Museum Fellowships.