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APS Franklin Research Grant

American Philosophical Society

Program Overview

Since 1933 the American Philosophical Society has awarded small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. In 2003 the Franklin Research Grants program awarded over $300,000 to 80 scholars. The Franklin 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. The Society does not pay overhead or indirect costs to any institution, or costs of publication. Franklin grants are made for non-commercial research. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences.


Applicants are expected to have a doctorate, or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. Pre-doctoral graduate students are not eligible, but the Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received their PhDs. American citizens and residents of the United States may use their Franklin awards at home or abroad. Foreign nationals must use their Franklin awards for research in the United States. Applicants who have received Franklin grants may reapply after an interval of two years.


Funding is offered up to a maximum of $6000, for use in calendar year 2005. Grants are not retroactive; the beginning work date cannot antedate the month of the meeting when the proposal will be considered. Grants are payable to the individual applicant. Franklin grants are taxable income, but the Society is not required to report payments. It is understood that grant recipients will discuss their reporting obligations with their tax advisors.


For applications and two letters of support ON OUR FORM:
October 1, 2004 for a January 2005 decision for work beginning after February
December 1, 2004 for a March 2005 decision for work beginning after April

These are receipt deadlines, NOT postmark deadlines. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all materials and letters of support reached the Society on time; call 215-440-3429 or email


Reports are due no later than two months after completing the work for which the award was made.

*application form is available online:
Written requests for forms must indicate eligibility of both applicant and project; state the proposed use of the funds. Foreign nationals must specify the objects of their research, only available in the United States (e.g. indigenous plants, archival materials, architectural sites, etc.).

Questions concerning the eligibility of a project, applicant, or use of funds will be answered at 215-440-3429 or via email addressed to

Franklin Research Grants
104 South Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386
Phone: (215) 440.3400

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