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Franklin Research Grant

Grants to USA Scholars and Doctoral Graduates for Costs
Associated with Research and Fieldwork

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Philosophical Society (APS)

Deadline Date:

12/03/18 Receipt


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Grants of up to $6,000 to USA scholars and doctoral graduates for expenses related to non-commercial research. The Foundation is particularly interested in applicants that have recently completed their doctorates. Funding is intended to help cover the costs of travel to libraries and archives, laboratory research expenses, fieldwork expenses, as well as for the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials.

Special programs within the Franklin Research Grants include the APS/British Academy Fellowship for Research in London and the APS/Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Fellowship for Research in Edinburgh. For details, see the URL for Full Text (RFP).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163655

Number of Grants:

In 2017–2018, 91 grants were awarded, and the Society expects to make a similar number of awards in this year’s competition.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding is offered up to a maximum of $6,000.

Term of Contract:

The October 1, 2018 deadline is intended for work in February 2019 through January 2020.

The December 3, 2018 deadline is intended for work in April 2019 through January 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. Ph.D. 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.

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

Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication.

The Society does not pay overhead or indirect costs to any institution, and grant funds are not to be used to pay income tax on the award. Grants will not be made to replace salary during a leave of absence or earnings from summer teaching; pay living expenses while working at home; cover the costs of consultants or research assistants; or purchase permanent equipment such as computers, cameras, tape recorders, or laboratory apparatus.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines for Frank Research Grants applications and two letters of support:
- October 1, 2018, for a January 2019 decision for work in February 2019 through January 2020
- December 3, 2018, for a March 2019 decision for work in April 2019 through January 2020

Letters of support are due on the application deadline. As soon as the applicant fills in the contact information for letter writers, the system will send a message to them containing complete instructions on how to submit a letter on the applicant's behalf. Individuals applying may want to fill in this section before completing the rest of the application in order to give letter writers ample time to compose and submit their letters.

APS/British Academy Fellowship for Research in London
- Candidates should specify that they are asking for the British Academy Fellowship and apply by October 1; applicants not selected for the British Academy Fellowship will be considered for a Franklin Research Grant.

Additional information on Research Grant Programs can be found at the following link:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For the Franklin Research Grants register and apply online:

For technical difficulties, contact

Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships

Executive Offices and Museum Gallery
104 South Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3387

105 South Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386

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