The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society provides grants for research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans, in the continental United States and Canada. Grants are not made for projects in archaeology, ethnography, psycholinguistics, or for the preparation of pedagogical materials. The committee distinguishes ethnohistory from contemporary ethnography as the study of cultures and culture change through time. The grants are intended for such costs as travel, tapes, films, and consultants’ fees but not for the purchase of books or permanent equipment.
The committee prefers to support the work of younger scholars who have received the doctorate. Applications are also accepted from graduate students for research on masters theses or doctoral dissertations.
The committee sometimes approves two awards to the same person within a five-year period.
Award and Duration
The average award is about $2,500; grants do not exceed $3,500. Grants are given for one year following the date of the award.
Deadline and Notification
Applications and letters of support are due by March 1. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that all materials, including the two required letters, reached the Society on time. Send an email inquiry to Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, at LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org or call 215-440-3429. Notification is sent in May.