Fellowship Announcement

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Mellon Resident Research Fellowships, 1999 - 2000

The American Philosophical Society Library is accepting applications for
short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its
collections.  The Society's Library, located near Independence Hall in
Philadelphia, is a leading international center for research in the
history of American science and technology and its European roots, as
well as early American history and culture.  The Library houses over 6.5
million manuscripts, 190,000 volumes and bound periodicals, and
thousands of maps and prints.  Outstanding historical collections and
subject areas include the papers of Benjamin Franklin; the American
Revolution; 18th and 19th-century natural history; western scientific
expeditions and travel including the journals of Lewis and Clark; polar
exploration; the papers of Charles Willson Peale, including family and
descendants; American Indian languages; anthropology including the
papers of Franz Boas; the papers of Charles Darwin and his forerunners,
colleagues, critics, and successors; history of genetics, eugenics, and
evolution; history of biochemistry, physiology, and biophysics;
20th-century medical research; and history of physics.  (The Library
does not hold materials on philosophy in the modern sense.) 

The fellowships, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are intended
to encourage research in the Library's collections by scholars who
reside beyond a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia.  The fellowships are
open to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who are holders of the
Ph.D. or the equivalent, Ph.D. candidates who have passed their
preliminary exams, and independent scholars.  Applicants in any relevant
field of scholarship may apply.  The stipend is $1,900 per month, and
the term of the fellowship is a minimum of one month and a maximum of
three, taken between June 1, 1999 and May 31, 2000.  Fellows are
expected to be in residence for four consecutive weeks during the period
of their award.

There is no special application form and this notice provides all the
essential information needed to apply.  Applicants should submit the
following:  (1) cover sheet stating a) name, b) title of project, c)
expected period of residence, d) institutional affiliation, e) mailing
address, f) telephone numbers, and e-mail if available, and g) social
security number;  (2) a letter (not to exceed three single-spaced pages)
which briefly describes the project and how it relates to existing
scholarship, states the specific relevance of the American Philosophical
Society's collections to the project, and indicates expected results of
the research (such as publications);  (3) a c.v. or résumé; and  (4) one
letter of reference (doctoral candidates must use their dissertation
advisor).  Published guides to the Society's collections are available
in most research libraries, and a list of these guides is available on
request.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the Library
staff by mail or phone regarding the collections.

Address applications or inquiries to:  Mellon Fellowships, American
Philosophical Society Library, 105 South Fifth St., Philadelphia, PA 
Telephone: (215) 440-3400.
Applications must be received by March 1, 1999.ˇ Notice of awards will
be mailed by May 1, 1999.

"A great war does not kill the past, it gives it new life.  It may seem
a catastrophe which renders all that went before insignificant and not
worthy of study for men of action . . .  But it is not so.  As time
gives us distance we see the flood as only one more pool in the river as
it flows down to eternity."
- Sir Julian Corbert, 1854-1922
The Revival of Naval History