The 12-month fellowship is intended for a recent Ph.D., professor at any level seeking sabbatical support for a research project, or an independent scholar working on a project. The caliber of the project, and evidence that the project will be completed in a timely manner, are the two most important criteria for selection. The selection committee will also take into consideration the need to be at the APS’s Library & Museum and other research institutions in the Philadelphia area. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals.

Applicants’ research must pertain to topics on the American Revolution and Founding Era (1750-1800). 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 ( The successful applicant will have the opportunity also to participate in programs and other affairs at the American Philosophical Society.

Stipend: $50,000 per year for two years will be awarded to all successful applicants

All Applicants must submit:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A sample chapter from their project or proposal if in the early stages not to exceed 25 double-space pages;
  • An introductory cover letter that discusses their past work and proposed work to be completed on the fellowship;
  • Three letters of recommendation that offer support of the proposed project and speak to the credentials of the applicant.

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