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Mitchell Center Postdoctoral Fellowship 2019-20
MItchell Center Undergraduate Research Fellowships 2019-20
Mitchell Center Graduate Fellowships 2019-20

Mitchell Center Postdoctoral Fellowship 2019-20 on "Reverberations of Inequality"

2019-2020 Academic Year
Application Deadline: February 17, 2019
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The University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in any discipline whose research is pertinent to the theme of the Center’s 2018-2019 faculty workshop series, "Reverberations of Inequality."  In addition to pursuing independent research, the postdoctoral fellow is expected to attend monthly workshops connected to the faculty series and contribute to the events’ lively discussions; teach one undergraduate course related to their academic interests; co-lead a research seminar for Mitchell Center undergraduate fellows; and attend other Mitchell events whenever possible. The stipend is $53,800 plus benefits, including health insurance.

Inequality has emerged as a key political issue. There are signs that inequality harms health, diminishes political engagement, and ripples across social life throughout the world.  During its 2019-2020 theme year, “Reverberations of Inequality,” the Andrea Mitchell Center will invite a range of speakers to delve into a growing body of scholarship suggesting that inequality is not simply a matter of skewed wealth. Rather, it is something that permeates our lives, its ripple effects shaping our bodies, minds, social networks, identities, life chances, and capacity to participate in shared institutions. And if some degree of equality is indeed a precondition for democratic participation, how might that conflict with the personal liberties that also underlie democracy?  What is the correct balance to strike? Applicants with interest in inequality tied to elites, including families of high net worth, are particularly welcome to apply.

Global in its outlook, multifaceted in its purposes, the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy seeks to contribute to the ongoing quest for democratic values, ideas, and institutions throughout the world. In addition to hosting speakers from the fields of academia, journalism, politics, and public policy, the Mitchell Center supports undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research.  It continues the legacy of the Penn Program for Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, which fostered interdisciplinary scholarship from 2007 to 2017.


International scholars are welcome.  Applicants should have received the PhD no earlier than May 2014 but must have completed all requirements for the PhD by September 30, 2019.


Apply through Interfolio at
Deadline: February 17, 2019

In addition to the Personal and Profile information requested by Interfolio, the following information and documents will be required:


1.  Email Address
2.  Home Telephone Number
3.  Mobile Telephone Number 
4.  Country of Citizenship
5.  Country of Permanent Residence
6.  Current Position (Indicate your title, department, institution, and City/State).  If you are not employed, please state what you are currently doing.

Documents to be uploaded

1.  CV – Include Teaching Experience (including institution, position, and    dates held), Fellowships and Scholarships received, and all Publications (note refereed publications with an asterisk)
2.  Title and Description of Two Undergraduate Course Proposals – Single-spaced (one page each)
     proposals of possible Undergraduate Seminars you would like to teach at Penn.
3.  Title and Description of Proposed Research Study – No more than 1,000 words.
4.  Confidential Letters of Recommendation (three) - Referees should be asked both to comment on your proposed project and to discuss your qualifications as a teacher. 
5.  Writing Sample – An article or excerpt of a book or dissertations chapter.  (20 page limit.)
6.  Cover Letter

Andrea Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants 2019-20

2019-2020 Academic Year
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
Application Link: CURF website

The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy will award up to 10 undergraduate research fellowships for projects to be begun in the summer of 2019 and completed during the 2019-2020 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, its practice or theory, as well as the related themes of citizenship and constitutional government, are eligible to apply.  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 2019-2020 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 Latin 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 LALS program at

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 welcome to attend the Mitchell Center’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 the Mitchell Center Undergraduate Conference near the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Applications are due by Friday, March 15, 2019.  Applications should be made via the CURF website.  For further information, contact Matthew Roth, Administrator of the Andrea Mitchell Center, at



Andrea Mitchell Center Graduate Fellowships 2019-2020

2019-2020 Academic Year
Application Deadline: Fri. March 15, 2019

The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy will award 3 graduate fellowships during the 2019-2020 academic year to Penn graduate students with approved prospectuses for dissertation topics in any discipline relevant to the study of democracy, its theory or practice, or related topics of citizenship and constitutional government.

The Mitchell Center Graduate Fellowship will provide for the graduate student’s tuition and annual stipend during the 2019-2020 academic year. 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 Mitchell Center Graduate Student Workshop in which graduate students from Penn and surrounding institutions may present pertinent research. They will be expected to attend the Mitchell Center Faculty Workshop series and conferences and may also be asked to provide administrative support for 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
Mitchell Center Administrator
College Hall 208
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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