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Graduate Fellowships 2017-18

2017-2018 Academic Year
Application Deadline: Wed. March 15, 2017

The Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism (DCC) will award 3 graduate fellowships during the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 academic year, plus $3500 to support dissertation-related research expenses in the summer of either 2017 or 2018. 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 2017-18

2017-2018 Academic Year
Application Deadline: March 15, 2017
Application Link: CURF website

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 2017 and completed during the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 academic year.

Applications are due by Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  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