Scope: The American Philosophical Society Library offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections. The Society’s Library is a leading international center for historical and anthropological research with over 8 million manuscripts, 250,000 printed volumes, and thousands of maps and prints. Among its more prominent collections are the papers of Benjamin Franklin, Charles Darwin, Lewis and Clark, Franz Boas, and the Peale Family; and is noted for the depth and importance of its collections in:
History of science including: genetics, eugenics and the evolutionary sciences, physics and astrophysics, and medical research Anthropology, particularly American Indian history, culture, and languages Early American history and culture to 1840 The Library does not hold materials on philosophy in the modern sense.
Eligibility: The fellowships, funded by a number of generous benefactors, are intended to encourage research in the Library¡¦s collections by scholars who reside beyond a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia. The fellowships are open to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who are holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent, Ph.D. candidates who have passed their preliminary examinations, and independent scholars. Applicants in any relevant field of scholarship may apply.
Award, duration: The stipend is $2,000 per month, and the term of the fellowship is a minimum of one month and a maximum of three, taken between June 1, 2005 and May 31, 2006. Fellowships are usually of one month in duration, and seldom exceed two months. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Library for four to twelve consecutive weeks, depending upon the length of their award.
Deadline, notification: Applications are due no later than March 1. This is a receipt deadline. Applicants will be informed by mail whether all materials were received. For additional information call or send an email inquiry (information provided below). Notification is sent in May.
Applications: Completed application information and forms are available at our website (address given below). The receipt deadline is March 1. Applications will be evaluated based on the quality of the project, the letters of recommendation, and the relevance of the Library’s collections to the project.
Address applications or inquiries to: Library Resident Research Fellowships American Philosophical Society Library 105 South Fifth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386. Telephone: (215) 440-3400.
Application deadline is March 1, 2005. Notices will be mailed after May 1, 2005. For information on this and other fellowship opportunities, visit our web site: http://www.amphilsoc.org Joseph-James Ahern Assistant Manager of Technical Services and Programs American Philosophical Society Library 105 S. 5th St. Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA Voice: 215-440-3443 Fax: 215-440-3423