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Funding Opportunities 2020-2021

Mitchell Center Postdoctoral Fellowship on Free Speech
Mitchell Center JMC Postdoctoral Fellowship
Mitchell Center Graduate Fellowships
Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants

Mitchell Center Postdoctoral Fellowship on "Free Speech Battles"

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2020-2021 Academic Year
Application Deadline: February 16, 2020
Apply through Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/72667

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 2020-2021 faculty workshop series, "Free Speech Battles."  In addition to pursuing independent research, the postdoctoral fellow is expected to attend and participate in Mitchell Center events; 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.

Free speech has re-emerged in recent years as a significant political rallying cry, as political polarization and shifting cultural sensitivities have intensified the struggles in many democratic countries over the boundaries of acceptable speech. These struggles are far from new, but in the contemporary context emerging media platforms have presented new challenges to the regulation and protection of open expression. In this environment, businesses and civil-society organizations throughout the world contend with issues of political speech and related boycotts, while in the U.S., social and legal developments require us to rethink our interpretations and implementation of the First Amendment. In its 2020-2021 theme year, “Free Speech Battles,” The Andrea Mitchell Center examines both the contentious history of free expression and the ongoing developments that have made it once again a central issue in democratic societies.

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.

QUALIFICATIONS

International scholars are welcome.  Applicants should have received the PhD no earlier than May 2015 but must have completed all requirements for the PhD by September 30, 2020.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Apply through Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/72667
Deadline: February 16, 2020

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

Information

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
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

Mitchell Center/JMC Postdoctoral Fellowship 2020-2021

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2020-2021 Academic Year
Application Deadline: February 16, 2020
Apply through Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/72670

The University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship created in partnership with the Jack Miller Center. The Program welcomes both empirical and normative scholarship from scholars in any discipline who intend to pursue an academic career primarily aimed at advancing learning on the governmental and economic institutions of the United States, especially their historical roots in the principles and politics of the Constitution’s founding era, and the ideas, debates, and contests that have shaped their subsequent development.

In addition to pursuing independent research and participating generally in the intellectual life of the Penn community, the JMC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Andrea Mitchell Center is expected to attend and participate in Mitchell Center events; 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 $50,000 plus benefits, including health insurance.

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.

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants should have received the PhD no earlier than May 2015 but must have completed all requirements for the PhD by September 30, 2020.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Application Deadline: February 16, 2020
Apply through Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/72670

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

Information

  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
  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

Mitchell Center Graduate Fellowships 2020-2021

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2020-2021 Academic Year
Application Deadline: Fri. March 15, 2020

The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy will award 3 graduate fellowships for the 2020-2021 academic year to University of Pennsylvania 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 2020-2021 academic year.

Recipients are expected to organize and lead the monthly Mitchell Center Graduate Student Workshop in which graduate students from Penn and other universities present their scholarship. Recipients are also expected to attend, contribute to, and assist with other Mitchell Center events throughout 2020-2021.

Funding for these fellowships is provided, in part, by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Mary and David Boies Family Fund.

A complete application requires the following:

  1. Your CV
  2. A description of your dissertation’s aim, current status, and further research plan (not to exceed five double-spaced pages)
  3. A copy of your transcript (official or unofficial)
  4. A letter of endorsement from your Dissertation Supervisor.

Please send applications in Word or PDF format to mitchell-center@sas.upenn.edu. Dissertation Supervisors should send their letters of endorsement separately.

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

Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2020-2021 Academic Year
Application Deadline: March 15, 2020
Application Link: CURF website

The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy will award up to 10 research fellowships to University of Pennsylvania undergraduates for projects to be begun in the summer of 2020 and completed during the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 academic year.  Work may involve travel to libraries, archives, field or interview sites, or other institutions. 

All grant recipients are required to participate in bi-monthly seminars during the academic year, which will include discussions of research strategies as well as presentations of students’ ongoing work. Recipients are encouraged to attend the Mitchell Center’s other workshops and lecture series, featuring leading scholars and public figures 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 2020-2021 academic year.

Applications are due by Friday, March 15, 2020.  Applications should be made via the CURF website, where you will be asked to submit the following in one PDF document:

  1. A statement not exceeding 1000 words describing the aims and rationale for the research project related to some dimension of “Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism” that you wish to undertake. Indicate as concretely as possible your preliminary research plans.
  2. A preliminary budget of your research expenses. Appropriate items include research travel, housing, food, and phone costs, book and document costs, fees to use archives, survey costs, etc.
  3. An UNSECURED copy of your PennInTouch transcript and CV or resume.

For further information, contact Matthew Roth, Administrator of the Andrea Mitchell Center, at maroth@sas.upenn.edu.