Program in Early American Economy and Society 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. Applicants for the post-doctoral and dissertation fellowships may submit proposals based not only on the extensive collections at the Library Company, but also on the printed and manuscript materials of other institutions in the Philadelphia area. Fellowships will be awarded as follows:

Dissertation research fellowship, carrying a stipend of $20,000, tenable for nine consecutive months of residency from September 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022; or it may be divided between two scholars, for the periods September 1, 2021 to January 15, 2022, or January 15 to May 31, 2022. Deadline for receipt of all materials (see below) is March 1, 2021.


Please fill out an electronic cover sheet and upload a PDF file that includes (a) a cover letter stating clearly which award or awards you are apply for, and which tenable period; (b) a résumé; (c) a brief research proposal of four to five pages outlining the larger project and the research to be pursued during the fellowship; and (d) for dissertation fellowship awards, a writing sample of about 25 pages (no writing sample is required for a one-month award. For the dissertation fellowship, two separate letters of recommendation must be submitted here; for the short-term awards, at least one separate letter of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline.  For more information about PEAES and its fellowships, please visit our website or contact Cathy Matson, Program Director, at