The American Philosophical Society's General Research Grant Program is designed to help scholars fund research projects in areas not currently receiving substantial corporate or government support. The society, the nation's oldest academic association, began providing funds for individual research projects in 1933. The program, for example, has supported work on an instrument to measure the depth of the polar ice cap as well as research on the inheritance patterns in ciliate protozoa.

The maximum amount for a single award in the General Research Grant Program is $4,000. Any researcher who holds a doctoral degree is eligible to apply, but preference will be given to those who have held their doctorates for more than one year.

Grant money may be used for research-related travel costs, living expenses while traveling, copying of documents needed for research, and consumable supplies.

Application deadlines are April 1, August 1, October 1, and December 1. For...

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