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2014 DCC Graduate Workshop Call for Papers

2014-2015 Academic Year
Application Deadline: August 8, 2014
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The Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism invites paper proposals for its Eighth Annual Graduate Workshop Series at the University of Pennsylvania. We welcome submissions by graduate students from any university and discipline whose paper relates to one or more of the program’s overarching themes of democracy, citizenship, and constitutionalism.

The Penn DCC Program, established with the aid of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides an interdisciplinary venue for graduate students to present their research and receive constructive scholarly feedback. We believe that cross-disciplinary discussion illuminates our understanding of the issues raised by the program themes. You can see previous workshops presented at the DCC here.

The DCC Graduate Workshop is a yearlong series that is held once a month between September 2014 and May 2015 and is organized by the DCC Program's Graduate Fellows. Two graduate students present their papers at each meeting. Presentations are approximately 10 minutes per paper and are followed by a group discussion. We ask workshop participants to read the papers prior to the event. Papers are circulated 10 days in advance of the workshop and should be no more than 25 double-spaced pages.

Please send 1) an abstract of up to 300 words including a working title for the paper and 2) a brief statement that indicates your discipline and institution, as well as when your paper will be ready. Do not hesitate to apply if your paper will be ready at a later date since we hold workshops throughout the academic year. We do not have the funds to provide for travel or accommodations. Please submit abstracts by Friday, August 8, 2014 to Feel free to contact us with any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you!

DCC Graduate Fellows (Ian M. Hartshorn, Political Science; Sarah Rodriguez, History; Basak Taraktas, Political Science)

Postdoctoral Fellowships

2014-2015 Academic Year
Application Deadline: March 31, 2014

"Post-Neoliberal Latin America"

The Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism (DCC) invites applications for a one-year DCC Postdoctoral Fellow in any discipline whose research is pertinent to the Program's 2014-2015 theme, "Post-Neoliberal Latin America."

The DCC Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to participate in the faculty seminar series, teach an Undergraduate Seminar on a related topic, and join monthly meetings to discuss the progress of undergraduates receiving research grants. The Fellow also has the opportunity to pursue the Fellow's research and study and participate generally in the intellectual life of the Penn community.

Stipend is $53,800, plus health insurance.

Eligibility is limited to applicants who will have received their Ph.D. within five years prior to the time they begin their fellowship at Penn (i.e. May 2009 or later). Application deadline: March 31, 2014.


For more information on the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, contact DCC Program Administrator Matthew Roth, maroth@sas.upenn.eduThe University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Graduate Fellowships 2014-15

Application Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2014

The Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism (DCC) will award 3 graduate fellowships during the 2014-2015 academic year to Penn graduate students with approved prospectuses for dissertation topics in any discipline relevant to any or all of the program’s three overarching themes, “Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism.” Dissertations need address only one of the three themes.

The DCC Graduate Fellowship will provide for the graduate student’s tuition and annual stipend during the 2014-2015 academic year, plus $3500 to support dissertation-related research expenses in the summer of either 2014 or 2015. Recipients will also be compensated for administrative work done for the Program.

Funds are provided through a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation and the Mary and David Boies Family Fund. The recipients are expected to assist in organizing an interdisciplinary DCC Graduate Student Workshop in which graduate students from Penn and surrounding institutions may present pertinent research. They will also be asked to provide administrative support for the DCC Faculty Workshop Series and Annual Conference and they will be eligible to participate in these events.

Applicants should send:

1)   a CV
2)   a description of their dissertation’s aim, current status, and further research plans (not to exceed five double-spaced pages)
3)   a copy of their transcript
4)   a letter of endorsement from their Dissertation Supervisor.

Please send applications in Word or PDF format to, or mail hard copies to:

Matthew Roth
DCC Administrator
College Hall 208
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Questions concerning the DCC Graduate Fellowships should be directed to Matthew Roth at, phone 215-573-4881.

Undergraduate Research Grants 2014-15

The Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism will award up to 10 undergraduate research fellowships for projects to be begun in the summer of 2014 and completed during the 2014-2015 academic year. 

Students may receive grants of up to $2500 for research expenses.  All full-time Penn undergraduate students enrolled in any school who wish to undertake research pertinent to any dimension of democracy, or citizenship, or constitutionalism are eligible to apply. Projects can address any one (or more) of the program’s three themes.  Grants may be combined with funding from other programs.  Applicants are expected but not required to conduct research that will contribute to the writing of a Senior Essay or the completion of an independent study course during the 2014-2015 academic year.  Work may involve travel to libraries, archives, field or interview sites, or other institutions. 

Partnership with Latin American and Latino Studies: Students doing projects on Latino America and/or Latino politics in the United States can also apply and will receive additional advisory support from the Latin America and Latino Studies program. For specific information contact Emilio A. Parrado, e-mail

All grant recipients are required to participate in bi-monthly seminars during the academic year, which will include discussions of research issues and strategies as well as scholarly presentations on the program’s themes. They will be eligible to attend the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism’s faculty workshop and conference sessions featuring leading scholars from around the world.  All grant recipients are also required to give an oral presentation on their completed research at a DCC Undergraduate Conference near the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Applications are due by MARCH 31, 2014.  Applications should be made via the CURF website.  For further information, contact Matthew Roth, Administrator of the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, at