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Wood Institute
Helping provide access to our collections since 1976

PLEASE NOTE: Due to budget constraints related to COVID-19 closures, the Wood Institute is not accepting applications for travel grants for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.  We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. 


The Francis Clark Wood Institute for the History of Medicine was established in 1976 to promote the rich historical resources of the College's Historical Medical Library and the Mütter Museum to the scholarly community . The Institute sponsors conferences, seminars, and short-term travel grants to researchers who require the resources of the museum and library.

Wood Institute Travel Grants 

The F.C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia offers grants to cover travel and lodging expenses for researchers who wish to use the College's collection of texts, manuscripts, archives, images, artifacts, and specimens in the history of medicine for short-term research (1 to 2 weeks). The College library holdings are found here.  For information on the artifact & specimen collection of the Mütter Museum please contact Lowell Flanders at


One week grants are awarded at $750 while two-week grants are awarded at $1,500. These values are intended to defray the costs of travel and lodging. Travel grant recipients will have access to the College's collections. Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley also boast numerous area resources for scholars and other researchers, well represented through the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.


Applicants must reside more than 75 miles from Philadelphia to be eligible. No more than one travel grant per person per fiscal year (1 July to 30 June) will be awarded. Travel grants are available to scholars and bona fide researchers. Applications will be evaluated based on the cogency and strength of the proposal, the relevance of the College collections, and the relevance of the researcher's experience and credentials to the proposed research. Please note that the Wood Institute supports artists, scholars, and other researchers; however, any commercial use of our collections must be negotiated with and approved by College staff. Please make explicit in your proposal any intended commercial application of your work.


Note that the Wood Institute does not sponsor academic-year fellowships at this time.

Send enquiries to:

Director, Wood Institute for the History of Medicine 
Travel Grants 
College of Physicians of Philadelphia 
19 South 22nd Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19103-3097 
Phone: 215-399-2301 
Fax: 215-569-0356 

(Electronic applications are strongly encouraged)


One-page statement of the research project and the applicability of the College's resources 

Curriculum vitae not to exceed 3 pages in length 

Budget estimate of travel and lodging needs 

One letter of reference (to be sent directly from the source to the College)