Postdoctoral Fellowship Application

Applications for the 2023–24 Program in African American History Postdoctoral Fellowship are now open with a deadline of January 15, 2023.

Applications for 2023–24 Program in Early American Economy and Society Postdoctoral Fellowships have closed. We are not offering NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2023–24.

We are not accepting applications for NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2023–24.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants may be citizens of any country and must hold a PhD by September 1 of the year of fellowship residency.

Application instructions

To apply, fill out the online application form below and upload a single PDF file containing the following elements; name the file using this format: Lastname_Firstname_application.

  • optional cover letter
  • brief CV
  • ca. 150-word project abstract
  • two- to four-page description of your proposed research (single-spaced, not to exceed 1500 words)
  • writing sample of no more than 25 pages

The proposal should make clear how Library Company collections (and, if relevant, Historical Society of Pennsylvania and nearby collections) will support your research.

In addition, two letters of recommendation in PDF format should be uploaded here directly by the writers; please ask recommenders to name files using this format: Lastname_Firstname_letter.

Contact Fellowships Manager Christine Nelson ( with questions, or if you have made a submission that you would like to revise.