|Location:||Pennsylvania, United States|
The American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia invites applications for long and short-term research fellowships for scholars working in all fields, and especially those working on projects pertaining to the history of science, technology, and medicine; early American history; and Native American and Indigenous studies.
The Library houses over 11 million manuscript items, 350,000 volumes of printed materials, thousands of maps and prints, and more than a thousand hours of audio recordings of Native American languages. Collections continue to grow and are renowned for their depth and interdisciplinary strengths in diverse fields, including (but not necessarily limited to) Early American History and Culture to 1840 • Atlantic History • Intellectual History • Travel, Exploration and Expeditions • History of Science, Technology and Medicine • History of Biochemistry, Physiology and Biophysics including 20th-Century Medical Research • History of Eugenics and Genetics • History of Physics, especially Quantum Physics • History of Natural History in the 18th and 19th Centuries • Anthropology, particularly Native American History, Culture and Languages • Caribbean and Slavery Studies. The Library does not hold materials on philosophy in the modern sense.
Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to our collections are available online at http://www.amphilsoc.org/library
Applications are now open for the following positions. Applicants whose research subjects overlap any other APS Library fellowship programs may also submit applications to other pertinent programs, though only one fellowship can be awarded to an individual.
The deadline for all applications is February 2, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified in April.
These 12-month fellowships are intended for advanced Ph.D. students working toward the completion of the dissertation.
Friends of the American Philosophical Society Fellowship in Early American History (to 1840)
- Applicants will receive a stipend of $25,000 to support twelve months of work on topics pertaining to early American history (to 1840).
- The successful applicant will receive an appointment as a Research Associate at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, which will provide library and computer privileges at the University of Pennsylvania to those who agree to participate regularly in the McNeil Center’s seminars and other programming (www.mceas.org).
- To apply, please submit materials to http://apply.interfolio.com/45710.
John C. Slater Fellowship in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
- Applicants will receive a stipend of $25,000 to support twelve months of work on topics in the history of science, technology, or medicine.
- The successful applicant will be affiliated with the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (www.pachs.net), which is hosted by the APS. The Consortium comprises 24 cultural, educational, and scientific organizations promoting public and academic understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine.
- To apply, please submit materials to http://apply.interfolio.com/45706.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Predoctoral Fellowship
- Applicants will receive a stipend of $25,000 (+ benefits) to support twelve months of work on topics in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Applicants also will receive $5,000 to support travel for research and conferences.
- The successful applicant will be based at the Library’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) (https://amphilsoc.org/cnair), which aims to promote greater collaboration between scholars, archives, and indigenous communities.
- To apply, please submit materials to https://apply.interfolio.com/45725.
To apply for a predoctoral fellowship, applicants must submit a C.V., a dissertation proposal, a sample chapter from the dissertation not to exceed 25 double-space pages, a cover letter, and three letters of reference. Applicants applying for the Andrew W. Mellon NASI Predoctoral Fellowship are encouraged to obtain a letter of support from the indigenous community where the work is based. Additional details about the positions and instructions on how to apply can be found on Interfolio.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Postdoctoral Fellowship is intended for a recent Ph.D., professor at any level seeking sabbatical support for a research project, or an independent scholar working closely with an indigenous community on a project. Applications are open to scholars in all related fields and all periods of time, although preference will be given to those who have experience working with Native communities.
- Applicants will receive a stipend of $45-$60K (dependent on benefits) to support twelve months of work on topics in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Applicants also will receive $5,000 to support travel for research and conferences.
- The successful applicant will be based at the Library’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) (https://amphilsoc.org/cnair), which aims to promote greater collaboration between scholars, archives, and indigenous communities
- To apply, please submit a C.V., a dissertation proposal, a sample chapter from a project or proposal not to exceed 25 double-space pages, a cover letter, and three letters of reference to https://apply.interfolio.com/45733. A letter of support from the indigenous community where the work is based is highly recommended.
Short-term Library Fellowships
The APS’s short-term fellowships provide 1- to 3 months of support for researchers in residence who are using Library collections. Fellowships are open to researchers working in all fields who show a demonstrated need to use the Library’s collections for their project. A stipend of $3,000 per month is awarded to all successful applicants for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. Approximately 25-30 short-term fellowships are awarded each year.
Applicants may be:
- Holders of the Ph.D. or its equivalent
- Ph.D. candidates who have passed their preliminary examinations and are working on their dissertation research
- Degreed independent scholars (without current academic affiliation)
- Applicants may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals. Candidates who live 75 or more miles from Philadelphia receive some preference.
To apply, please submit: a C.V., a project proposal, a cover letter, and two letters of reference to https://apply.interfolio.com/45740.
Applicants: Use Interfolio's help desk for any issues pertaining to the online application process.
About the Library: Founded in 1743, the American Philosophical Society, located near Independence Hall in Philadelphia, is a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, the history of anthropology, as well as early American history and culture. The Library houses over 13 million manuscript leaves, 275,000 volumes and bound periodicals, thousands of prints and maps, and large audio, video, and digital holdings. Outstanding historical collections and subject areas include the papers of Benjamin Franklin (14,000 letters and documents); Jefferson’s holograph of the Declaration of Independence; the American Revolution; the papers of Thomas Paine; 18th and 19th-century natural history; western scientific expeditions and travel including the original journals of Lewis and Clark; polar exploration; the papers of Charles Willson Peale, his family and descendants; American Indian languages; anthropology including the papers of Franz Boas; the papers of Charles Darwin and his forerunners, colleagues, critics, and successors; history of genetics, eugenics, and evolution; history of biochemistry, physiology, and biophysics; 20th-century medical research; and history of physics. The Library does not hold materials on philosophy in the modern sense. More information about the Society and the APS Library can be found at www.amphilsoc.org.
|Secondary Categories:||American History / Studies
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Native American History / Studies