Jessup and McHenry Awards

About the 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.

The minimum duration of an award is two (2) weeks; the maximum is sixteen (16) weeks. Costs for round-trip travel, lodging, scientific supplies, and equipment are negotiable and should be included in the application materials.

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

Application Information

Please Note:

  • Applicants for grants will be considered in March and October of each year
  • International applicants should apply at least 6 months prior to their desired start date
  • Domestic applicants should apply at least 3 months prior to their desired start date

The Application Form and supporting information may be sent by email or post to:

Meghan Bucci
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

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 Committee in time. One of these letters of recommendation must be from the Academy curator overseeing or sponsoring the student.