Eligibility Guidelines

Scope and Purpose of Programs

Since 1933 the American Philosophical Society has awarded research grants to more than 15,000 scholars and encourages all eligible current candidates to apply for our grants and fellowships. In 2018–2019 the Society awarded over $1.5 million to nearly 250 scholars, and we expect to continue this level of support in 2019–2020. We maintain eleven grant or fellowship programs in a wide range of fields.

Awards are made for noncommercial research only. The Society makes no grants for academic study or classroom presentation, for travel to conferences, for non-scholarly projects, for assistance with translation, or for the preparation of materials for use by students. The Society does not pay overhead or indirect costs to any institution or costs of publication, and grant funds are not to be used to pay income tax on the award.

Who Is Eligible?

Applicants may be U.S. citizens and residents of the United States or American citizens resident abroad. Foreign nationals not affiliated with U.S. institutions are eligible to apply for projects to be carried out in the United States. Grant recipients may reapply after an interval of two years.

Grants are made to individuals. Institutions are not eligible to apply.

Please see the APS website, www.amphilsoc.org/grants for information on specific programs.