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 2017–2018 the Society awarded over $1.2 million to nearly 200 scholars, and we expect to continue this level of support in 2018–2019. We maintain nine 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, Library Long-Term Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship programs award much larger amounts ($25,000–$45,000) 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.