Franklin Research Grants Now Open

September 18, 2023

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. The Franklin Research Grant program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. and the Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received their doctorate. American citizens and residents of the United States may use their Franklin awards at home or abroad. Foreign nationals not affiliated with a U.S. institution must use their Franklin awards for research in the United States. Applicants who have previously received a Franklin grant may reapply after an interval of two years.

Funding: up to a maximum of $6,000.


  • October 2, 2023, for a January 2024 decision for work beginning in February 2024 through January 2025
  • December 1, 2023, for a March 2024 decision for work beginning in April 2024 through January 2025

Other Research Grants and Fellowships, including the Phillips Fund for Native American Research, the Lewis & Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research, and Library Short-Term Fellowships, are also available.

More information about this funding, and to see a list of past awardees, visit

Questions concerning the eligibility of a project, applicant, or use of funds, should be directed to Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, at, or 215-440-3429.

For more information on how to apply to this or other external grants contact your Proposal Manager at Sponsored Projects Administration.

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