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.

In 2016–2017, the APS awarded more than $1.2 million to nearly 200 scholars and expects to continue this level of support in 2017–2018. The APS maintains 10 grant or fellowship programs in a wide range of fields. Our Franklin, Lewis and Clark, Lewis and Clark Astrobiology, Library Digital Humanities Fellowship, Library Fellowship, and Phillips programs award small grants ($1,000–$6,000) for modest research purposes. Our Daland Fellowship, John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship, Library Long-Term Predoctoral Fellowship, and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship programs award much larger amounts ($40,000–$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.