American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants

Award Amount: $6,000

Number of Awards: 6

Deadline: October 2

Winner Announcement: Not known

Brief Description:

The American Philosophical Society (APS) is delighted to announce the Franklin Research Grants. In order to apply, the applicants may be residents of the United States (either American citizens or foreign nationals or permanent residents affiliated with a U.S. institution) or American citizens’ resident abroad and may apply for funding to carry out projects anywhere in the world. Foreign nationals not affiliated with a U.S. institution are eligible to apply for projects to be carried out in the United States. The APS supports research and discovery through grants and fellowships, lectures, publications, prizes, exhibitions, and public education.

Host Institution:

The American Philosophical Society (APS), the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” Since 1933, the APS has awarded small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge.


To eligible, the applicant must meet all the following criteria:

  • Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality.
  • PhD. Candidates are not eligible to apply, but the Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate.
  • Independent scholars and faculty members at all four-year and two-year research and non-research institutions are welcome to apply provided that all eligibility guidelines are met.
  • 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.

How to Apply:

To apply, the applicant can submit online application through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

  • Letters of Support: Letters of support must directly address the project outlined in the proposal. Submission of letters through Inter-folio is discouraged as these letters are often too long (and may be truncated at the point at which they reach the limit of allowable space) and not related to the project at hand.
  • Project and financial reports are due one month after completion of the funded portion of the work, per the time frame indicated on the proposal. Instructions will be provided with notification of an award.

Submitting Details:

It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that all materials, including the required two letters of support, reached the Society on time, contact Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, at or 215-440-3429.

Financial Aid and Award money:

  • Funding is offered up to a maximum of $6,000. Grants are not retroactive. Grants are payable to the individual applicant.
  • Franklin grants are taxable income, but the Society is not required to report payments. It is recommended that grant recipients discuss their reporting obligations with their tax advisors.

Application Deadline:

For applications and two letters of support:

  • October 2, for a January 2018 decision for work in February 2018 through January 2019
  • December 1, for a March 2018 decision for work in April 2018 through January 2019

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