Franklin Research Grants

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Franklin Research Grants

The American Philosophical Society is pleased to announce Franklin Research Grants for non-commercial research. These grants are open to the applicants who are residents of the United States (either American citizens or foreign nationals or permanent residents affiliated with a U.S. institution).

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.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the 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.

How to Apply for the Competitions:

To win the competition, you need to do register through the given link:


  • Letters of Support: Note that letters of support must directly address the project outlined in the proposal. Submission of letters through Interfolio 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.
  • Requirements: 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.


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

Application Deadline:

The application deadlines are:

  • 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

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