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Open to US citizens and non US citizens
Deadline: 03/15/2024 (Tentative)

General Information

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 2023 and completed during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Students may receive grants of up to $3000 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 2023-2024 academic year.  Work may involve travel to libraries, archives, field or interview sites, or other institutions. 

All grant recipients are required to enroll in the 2023-24 Andrea Mitchell Center undergraduate seminar, which meets every other week in the fall and monthly in the spring, and which serves as a venue both for the scholarly study of the meaning of democracy and for students to present their ongoing research to the class and receive feedback. The seminar culminates in a late April conference at which students present their work. As members of the Mitchell Center, grant recipients are of course welcome to attend the Mitchell Center’s other workshops and lecture series, which typically feature leading scholars and public figures from around the world.

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 Path@Penn transcript (print a PDF  or take a screenshot from your browser window).
  4. C.V. or Resume (optional).

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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 2023 and completed during the 2023-2024 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 15.


Research Offering Type

Grant, Independent Research


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