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The Library Company of Philadelphia (Early American History)


  • Short Term Fellowships (Variously Named) - The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will jointly award approximately thirty one-month fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections during the academic year 2008-2009. These two independent research libraries, adjacent to each other in Center City Philadelphia, have complementary collections capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of America and the Atlantic world from the 17th through the 19th centuries, as well as Mid-Atlantic regional history to the present. The Stipend is $2,000. Deadline for receipt of applications is usually March 1 with a decision to be made by April 15.  Visit the webpage Visiting Research Fellowships in Colonial and U.S. History and Culture for a list of available named fellowships.
  • The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Dissertation Fellowship - This fellowship supports dissertation research in residence at the Library Company on any subject relevant to its collections. The term of the fellowship is usually from September to May, with a stipend of $20,000. The award may be divided between two applicants, each of whom would spend a semester in residence. Deadline for receipt of applications is usually March 1.  Visit the webpage The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for more information.
  • PEAES Dissertation and One-Month Fellowships - In conjunction with its Program in Early American Economy and Society, the Library Company is augmenting, cataloguing, and conserving its collections related to economy and society — including the areas of commerce, business, banking, technology, and other fields — and is also compiling a regional survey of related scholarly resources. One dissertation-level fellowship, carrying a stipend of $20,000, is tenable for nine consecutive months of residency from September 1 to May 31. It may also be divided between two scholars, who would each receive $10,000 for the periods between Sept. 1 to December 15 or December 15 to May 31. Available to scholars at all levels, four one-month fellowships, carrying stipends of $2,000 each, are tenable for a month of research at the Library Company between June 1 and May 31.

Deadline for receipt of one-month and dissertation fellowship applications is usually March 1. Reply date is March 31. These fellowships are designed to promote scholarship in early American economy and society, broadly defined, from its colonial beginnings to roughly the 1850s. Some of the possible topics of research include the history of commerce, finance, technology, manufacturing, agriculture, internal improvements, and political economy. Applicants for long-term awards may submit proposals based not only on the extensive collections at the Library Company, but also on the printed and manuscript materials of other institutions in the Philadelphia area. Fellows will share opportunities to participate in the growing intellectual life of the Program in Early American Economy and Society and contribute to the Library Company’s other scholarly activities. Visit the webpage PEAES Dissertation and One-Month Fellowships for more information.

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