Meetings & Events

American Philosophical Society Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biological Science

Event Date: 
Thursday, December 20, 2012 to Friday, March 1, 2013
United States

American Philosophical Society Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biological Science

When Benjamin Franklin founded the American Philosophical Society (APS) in 1743 as the nation's first learned society, his goal was to promote the exchange of ideas by convening the most "ingenious" minds to foster exploration, experimentation, and invention. The Society's mission was to pursue "all philosophical Experiments that let Light into the Nature of Things, tend to increase the Power of Man over Matter, and multiply the Conveniences or Pleasures of Life." For many years the APS served as the nation’s de facto science academy and patent office and is today the administrator of the nation’s oldest scientific prize (the Magellanic Premium, first awarded in 1790).

In that spirit, and in conjunction with its longstanding tradition of supporting the research of early career scientists and scholars in all disciplines, the APS is pleased to announce a new grant program: The American Philosophical Society Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biological Science. Sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the $60,000 per year, two-year postdoctoral fellowship, to be awarded by a committee made up of eminent members of the American Philosophical Society, will support innovative research projects in fields that change each year. This first competition will support a project in molecular biology, biochemistry, and/or the life sciences.


Applicants must have received the Ph.D. from an institution in the United States. Applicants need not, however, be citizens of the United States. Eligible applicants should be either entering or already affiliated with a U.S. institution at the postdoctoral level.

Applications are to be judged on their innovative nature. The work should not be derivative research but break entirely new ground or make a watershed change in an existing area of research. Applications for academic years 2013–2014 and 2014–2015 will be based on existing problems in biochemistry and molecular biology and can include areas where either of these two disciplines contribute, such as computational, evolutionary, and systems biology; anthropology; and ecology.


Stipends for the fellowship are $60,000 for the first year and $60,000 for the second year.


A complete application consists of the following: the 2-page form downloaded from the APS website (; the full project description (not to exceed 5 pages), indicating the groundbreaking nature of the work; the applicant's curriculum vitae and bibliography; the applicant's mentor/scientific advisor's curriculum vitae and bibliography (condensed version, not to exceed 5 pages); a letter from the applicant'smentor/scientific advisor, guaranteeing the applicant will be provided with office space, supplies, and all necessary support and attesting to the applicant's ability to carry out the proposed work; and two additional letters of support for the applicant, to be sent separately to the Society. One of the letters should be from the applicant's Ph.D. advisor, and the other letter may be from another person of the applicant's choosing. Letters should be sent on the form provided at the website.

Deadline and Notification

The application and the letters of support must be received by March 1, 2013. The committee's decision will be communicated by June 2013.

Questions may be directed to APS Director of Grants and Fellowships Linda Musumeci, at or 215-440-3429.