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Deadline: 03/20/2023 (Tentative)

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 2022 and completed during the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 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

Application Process

Please prepare the following documents as PDFs.  Transcripts must be non-secured versions; secured versions prevent us from reading your application and thus will cause your application to be refused.

  1. Research Statement. 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. Budget.  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. Transcript. An UNSECURED copy of your PennInTouch transcript (print a PDF from your browser window).
  4. C.V. or Resume (optional).

Click here to go to the web-based application, where you will be asked to fill out a form and upload the above prepared documents. Applications are due no later than March 20, 2022.

In addition, you will be required to request a supporting letter of recommendation on your behalf from your faculty research advisor, indicating the role the Advisor will play in supervising your research in the summer of 2022 and completed during the 2022-2023 academic year. The letter should make clear the nature and extent of your contribution in formulating and carrying out the project.  Letters are due no later than March 22.


Research Offering Type

Independent Research, Grant


USA, Latin America

Undergraduate School

College, Engineering, LPS, Nursing, Wharton



Contact Information

Dr. Ann Vernon-Grey
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6244

Applications should be made via the CURF website.  For further information, contact Matthew Roth, Administrator of the Andrea Mitchell Center, at