Jessup and McHenry Awards

Jessup funds are awarded competitively to students wishing to conduct studies at the postgraduate, doctoral and postdoctoral levels under the supervision or sponsorship of a member of the curatorial staff of the Academy. The Awards are not available for undergraduate study. Such studies may be in any specialty in which these curators have expertise. The McHenry Fund is similarly intended, but is restricted to botanists.

Please note that awards are restricted to those who wish to conduct their study here at the Academy. Requests for further information about the Fellowships should include whenever possible a return email address. Further, such requests will only be considered when submitted with a letter of support from your thesis supervisor.

These awards are intended to assist predoctoral and postdoctoral students within several years of receiving their Ph.D's. Students commuting within the Philadelphia area are ineligible.

Round-trip travel costs up to a total of $500.00 for North American (including Mexico and the Caribbean) applicants, and $1000.00 for applicants from other parts of the world, may be available but cannot be guaranteed. The minimum duration of an award is two (2) weeks; the maximum is sixteen (16) weeks. The stipend for subsistence is $375.00 per week. The provision of scientific supplies and equipment is the responsibility of the student and the sponsoring curator.

A Jessup-McHenry student is expected to give a seminar after his or her arrival, and is encouraged to publish at least some of his/her work accomplished at the Academy.

Applicants for grants will be considered in March and October of each year.

  • Applicants wishing to conduct research between April 1 and October 31 should apply by March 1;
  • Applicants wishing to conduct research between November 1 and March 31 should apply by October 1.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit his or her application in time and to be sure that the three letters of recommendation also reach the Fund Chairman in time. One of these letters of recommendation must be from the Academy curator overseeing or sponsoring the student.

Applicants for grants will be considered in March and October of each year. Applicants who wish to do their research between April 1 and October 31 should apply by March 1; those wishing to work between November 1 and March 31 should apply by October 1. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit his or her application in time and to be sure that the three letters of recommendation also reach the Fund Chairman in time. One of these letters of recommendation must be from the Academy curator overseeing or sponsoring the student.

Print and send the Application Form and supporting information to:

Kristen Kepics
Jessup-McHenry Fund Committee
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195

Application Forms and supporting information can also be sent to kepics@ansp.org .