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 supports four weeks in residence at any time between June and May.


Information about application procedures and submission deadline for the next cycle of short-term fellowships will be shared here later this year.

Full application instructions are available here.

For more information

For general information about fellowships and application procedures, email

For assistance in determining how the Library Company’s collections might support a particular project, contact Head of Reader Services Max Moeller (

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