Post-Doctoral Fellowships for 2016-2017



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.  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. Applicants must have completed all requirements a Ph.D., except for the actual conferral of the degree, by November 1, 2015.  The stipend is $4,200 per month

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.  Applicants may be citizens of any country, and they must hold a Ph.D. by September 1, 2016.  The stipend is $40,000 for the academic year.

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 residence in the collections of the Library Company and enhance the production of scholarly work in African American history of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Fellows are expected to conduct the majority of their research in the Library Company’s collections but may also use the collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Applicants may be citizens of any country, and they must hold a Ph.D. by September 1, 2016. The stipend is $50,000 for the academic year.


Senior scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. 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.  


All post-doctoral fellowships are tenable from September 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017, and fellows must be in continuously in residence at the Library Company for the duration of their fellowships. Awards may be made for shorter periods, in which case the sipend is prorated..

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS NOVEMBER 1,  2015 with a decision to be made by December 15. Make just one application; you will automatically be considered for all the fellowships for which you are eligible. To apply, fill out an online coversheet and upload 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. In addition, two letters of recommendation should be submitted online in PDF format.

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