The Library Company of Philadelphia welcomes applications for its Francis Johnson Fellowships, Program in Early American Economy and Society Dissertation Fellowships, and Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Dissertation Fellowships. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 1, 2021.
Francis Johnson Fellowships
The Francis Johnson Fellowships will support two fellows—a humanities scholar and a creative practitioner—who will delve into the compositions of one of the most popular black composers prior to the American Civil War. These fellows will be encouraged to explore a manuscript book of 80 compositions (some unpublished) in conjunction with printed materials held at both the Library Company and at the Kislak Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Each Francis Johnson Fellow will receive a stipend of $5000; $2500 research fund to be defined by the fellow and program director; travel expenses (up to $500); and lodging at the Library Company's Cassatt House residence for four to eight weeks.
Program in Early American Economy and Society Dissertation Fellowships
The Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) at the Library Company of Philadelphia invites applications for dissertation fellowships during 2021-2022. These research fellowships are designed to promote scholarship in early American economy and society, broadly defined, from its colonial beginnings to the 1850s. Possible research topics include Atlantic and global connections of the American economy; its commerce, business, technology, manufacturing, agriculture, internal development, or political economy; the history of race and the economy, capitalism, households, or gendered economies. All fellows are expected to be resident in Philadelphia and conduct research in the area for the duration of awards.
The dissertation research fellowship carries a stipend of $25,000, tenable for nine consecutive months of residency from September 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022; or it may be divided among two or three fellows who would be expected to conduct research during the same period.
To apply, visit the application page to submit 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. Two letters of recommendation should be submitted online in PDF format. For more information, email Cathy Matson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Dissertation Fellowship supports dissertation research in residence at the Library Company on any subject relevant to its collections. The term of the fellowship is from September 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022, with a stipend of $25,000. The award may be divided between two applicants, each of whom would receive $12,500 for the period September 1, 2021 to January 15, 2022 or January 15, 2022 to May 31, 2022.
To apply, visit the application page to submit 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. Two letters of recommendation should be submitted online in PDF format. For more information, email Will Fenton at email@example.com.
About Library Company of Philadelphia
The Library Company, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731 and located in Center City Philadelphia, holds over half a million rare books and graphics that are capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of America and the Atlantic world in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The holdings include the nation's second largest collection of pre-1801 American imprints and one of the largest collections of 18th-century British books in America. Information about the subject strengths of the collections can be found here.
About the Fellowship Program
The Library Company fellowship program began in 1987, which now boasts more than 1,100 alumni. Fellows share opportunities to participate in the Philadelphia region's vibrant intellectual life while conducting their research in the print, graphics, and manuscript collections of the Library Company and other local institutions. Fellows have an opportunity to present their research publicly through conferences, seminars, and colloquia. The Library Company's Cassatt House fellows' residence offers rooms at reasonable rates, along with a kitchen, common room, and offices with internet access and is available to resident and non-resident fellows at all hours.
About Library Company of Philadelphia
The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library concentrating on American society and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Free and open to the public, the Library Company houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art. Our mission is to foster scholarship in and increase public understanding of American history before 1900 by preserving and interpreting the valuable materials in our care. The Library Company connects with thousands of visitors annually, ensuring that the lessons of the past will continue to amaze, instruct, and inspire future generations. We serve a diverse constituency throughout Philadelphia and the nation, offering comprehensive reader services, an internationally renowned fellowship program, online catalogs, and regular exhibitions and public programs.