The Barra Foundation International Research Fellowship in American History and Culture

The Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania offer the one-month Barra Foundation International Research Fellowship to support research in residence in their collections by foreign national scholars of early American history and culture living outside the United States.

These two independent research libraries, adjacent to each other in Center City Philadelphia, have complementary collections capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of the United States and the Atlantic world from the 17th through the 19th centuries, as well as Mid-Atlantic regional history to the present.

Terms of the Barra Fellowship

The stipend is $2,500 plus an allowance for travel expenses up to $1,000. The fellowship supports both postdoctoral and dissertation research. The project proposal should demonstrate that the Library Company and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania have primary sources central to the research topic. The fellowship is tenable for one month at any time from June to May.


Applications for the 2023–24 Barra Fellowship are now open, with a submission deadline of January 15, 2024.

Full application instructions are available here.

For more information

For assistance in determining how the Library Company’s collections might support a particular project, contact Librarian Emily Guthrie (

For general information about fellowships and application procedures, contact the Library Company’s Fellowships Manager Christine Nelson (

For information about collections at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, contact Scholarly Programs Manager Christina Larocco (