Post-Doctoral Fellowships for 2014-2015


National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowships support research in residence at the Library Company on any subject relevant to its collections, which are capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of America and the Atlantic world form the 17th through the 19th centuries.


Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) Post-Doctoral Fellowships support research in the collections of the Library Company and other nearby institutions into the origins and development of the early American economy, broadly conceived, to roughly 1850. The fellowships provide scholars the opportunity to investigate the history of commerce, finance, technology, manufacturing, agriculture, internal improvements, economic policy making and other topics.

Program in African American History Mellon Scholar Post-Doctoral Fellowships are designed to increase the participation of scholars from underrepresented backgrounds and others in the field of African American history prior to 1900. The fellowships promote research in the collections of the Library Company and enhances the production of scholarly work in African American history of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

The Library Company’s Cassatt House fellows’ residence offers rooms at reasonable rates, along with a kitchen, common room, and offices with internet access, available to resident and non-resident fellows at all hours.

Applicants for post-doctoral fellowships must hold a Ph.D. by September 1 of the year they wish to take up the fellowships. Senior scholars are particularly urged to apply. (Note: NEH Fellowships are restricted to United States citizens or to foreign nationals who have been living in the United States for at least three years. PEAES and PAAH/Mellon Scholars fellowships are open to citizens of any country.) All post-doctoral fellowships are tenable from September 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, but the awards may be divided between two applicants, each of whom would spend a semester in residence. The NEH stipend is $4,200 per month. The stipend for PEAES post-doctoral fellows is $40,000 for the academic year, or $20,000 per semester. The stipend for Mellon Scholars post-doctoral fellows is $50,000 for the academic year, or $25,000 for one semester.

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS NOVEMBER 1, 2013 with a decision to be made by December 15. To apply, fill out an online coversheet and send a single portable document format (PDF)* containing a brief résumé, a two- to four-page description of proposed research, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages to In addition, two letters of reference should be sent to the same email address in PDF format under separate cover.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to inquire about the appropriateness of the proposed topic before applying. For more information about the NEH award, contact James Green via telephone (215) 546-3181, fax (215) 546-5167, or e-mail For more information about the PEAES award, email Cathy Matson at For more information about the Mellon Scholars award, email Erica Armstrong Dunbar at


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