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.
The grants are intended for such costs as travel, tapes, films, and consultants' fees. Grants are not made for projects in archaeology, ethnography, or psycholinguistics; for the purchase of permanent equipment; or for the preparation of pedagogical materials. The committee distinguishes ethnohistory from contemporary ethnography as the study of cultures and cultural change through time.
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 master’s theses or doctoral dissertations.
It is assumed that appropriate contacts and arrangements have or will be made with communities for ethical access and community guidance.
The committee sometimes approves two awards to the same person within a five-year period.
Award and Duration
The average award is about $3,000; grants do not exceed $3,500. Grants are given for one year following the date of the award. Grants are taxable income, but the Society is not required to report payments. It is recommended that grant recipients discuss their reporting obligations with their tax advisors. Grant funds are not to be used to pay income taxes.
Recipients of awards are expected to provide the American Philosophical Society Library with a brief formal report and copies of any field notes, films, audio recordings, transcriptions, etc., produced or acquired in the process of the grant-funded research. The materials will be made available to scholars using the Library’s collections.
Director of Grants and Fellowships