The American Philosophical Society maintains eight grant or fellowship programs in a wide range of fields to support academic research into such areas as astrobiology and the history of studies of Native Americans.
Recently the Society awarded over $1.1 million to over 200 scholars. The Franklin, Lewis and Clark, Lewis and Clark Astrobiology, Library Fellowship, and Phillips programs award small grants ($1,000 to $6,000) for modest research purposes. The Daland and Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship programs award much larger amounts ($40,000 to $60,000) in highly selective competitions.
Grants are awarded to mid-career faculty of universities and four-year colleges in the United States who have been granted a sabbatical/ research year but for whom financial support from the home institution is available for only part of the year. Applicants may be residents of the United States or American citizens resident abroad. Foreign nationals are eligible to apply for projects to be carried out in the United States.
Some have active competitions, like the Phillips Fund for Native American Research (www.amphilsoc.org/grants/phillips) which provides grants for research in Native American linguistics, ethno-history, and the history of studies of Native Americans in the continental United States and Canada. The average award is approximately $2,500; grants will not exceed $3,000. Grants are intended for costs such as travel, tapes, films and consultants’ fees (but not for the purchase of books or permanent equipment). That deadline is March 1.
Info: Linda Musumeci, director of Grants and Fellowships, LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org or call 215-440-3429; American Philosophical Society, 104 South Fifth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106-3387, http://www.amphilsoc.org/grants (website).