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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 2005 the Franklin Research Grants program awarded $303,000 to 70 scholars, and the Society expects to make at least that many awards in this year’s competition.
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.

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 $6,000 for use in calendar year 2007. 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 recommended that grant recipients discuss their reporting obligations with their tax advisors.
For applications and two letters of support ON OUR FORM:
-December 1, 2007, for a March 2007 decision for work beginning in May and beyond
Reports are due no later than one month after completing the work for which the award was made.
How to Apply
Please go to the SocAnth Website for further information and application forms:
Retrieve the 4-page application form below. Fill it out completely using 11-pt type or larger. Do not add extra pages. Send your completed application as an e-mail attachment to or mail to:
Franklin Research Grants
American Philosophical Society
104 South Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386