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Fellowships 2021-2022

Mitchell Center Postdoctoral Fellowship on "Social Change and the Global Middle East"
Mitchell Center/SNF Paideia Program Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021-2022
Mitchell Center Graduate Fellowships 2021-22
Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants 2021-2022

Mitchell Center Postdoctoral Fellowship on "Social Change and the Global Middle East"

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2021-2022 Academic Year
Application Deadline: February 15, 2021
Application Link: https://apply.interfolio.com/81963

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 2021-2022 faculty workshop series, "Social Change and the Global Middle East."  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. Fellows typically organize and lead a couple of small-scale events over the course of the year. The stipend is $53,800 plus benefits, including health insurance.

The Middle East is a region whose recent history has been marked by rapid, often unexpected bouts of change. The last decade in particular has seen the region experience a series of seismic events set into motion by the Arab Spring and escalating regional rivalries. These events, including the largest refugee crisis since World War II and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, have blurred the lines between regions and borders. The impacts have been worldwide, as global powers have grappled with the legacies of their involvement in the Middle East. At the same time, these events have pushed social issues to the forefront, encouraging dialogue, expression, and the rethinking of established norms. In its 2021-2022 theme year, Social Change and the Global Middle East, The Andrea Mitchell Center examines the region through multiple lenses and perspectives in order to shed new light on a part of the world that remains as relevant, and as complicated, as ever.

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 2016 but must have completed all requirements for the PhD by September 30, 2021.

Application Instructions

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021
Application Link: https://apply.interfolio.com/81963

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

Information

1.  Preferred Email Address
2.  Telephone Contact Number
3.  Country of Citizenship
4.  Country of Permanent Residence
5.  Date, institution, and field of your PhD degree
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.  Cover Letter
2.  CV
3.  Title and Description of Proposed Research Study – No more than 1,000 words.
4.  Teaching Portfolio: 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.
5.  Writing Sample – An article or excerpt of a book or dissertations chapter. (20 page limit.)
6.  Confidential Letters of Recommendation (three) - Referees should be asked both to comment on your proposed project and to discuss your qualifications as a teacher.

Mitchell Center/SNF Paideia Program Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021-2022

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2021-2022 Academic Year
Application Deadline: February 15, 2021
Application Link:https://apply.interfolio.com/81965

The University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Program invite applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Programs welcome scholars in any discipline whose research is pertinent to Mitchell Center and Paideia Program themes, especially the theory and practice of dialogue across difference in democracies.  

In addition to pursuing independent research and participating generally in the intellectual life of the Penn community, the Fellow is expected to teach one undergraduate, SNF Paideia designated course related to their academic interests; co-lead a research seminar for Mitchell Center undergraduate fellows; contribute to the organization of public events on themes connected to the Mitchell Center and Paideia Program; and attend other Mitchell Center and SNF Paideia 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.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Paideia Program serves as a hub for civic dialogue in undergraduate education at Penn. SNF Paideia collaborates with many campus entities to promote opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills, ethical frameworks, and experiences necessary to be informed, engaged, and effective community members and leaders in society. The SNF Paideia Program encourages the free exchange of ideas, civil and robust discussion of divergent views, and student and community wellness through SNF Paideia designated courses, a Fellows program, and campus events.

Qualifications

Applicants should have received the PhD no earlier than May 2016 but must have completed all requirements for the PhD by September 30, 2021.

Application Instructions

Deadline: February 15, 2021
Application Link:https://apply.interfolio.com/81965

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

Information

1.  Preferred Email Address
2.  Telephone Contact Number
3.  Country of Citizenship
4.  Country of Permanent Residence
5.  Date, institution, and field of your PhD degree
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.  Cover Letter
2.  CV
3.  Title and Description of Proposed Research Study – No more than 1,000 words.
4.  Teaching Portfolio: 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.
5.  Writing Sample – An article or excerpt of a book or dissertations chapter. (20 page limit.)
6.  Confidential Letters of Recommendation (three) - Referees should be asked both to comment on your proposed project and to discuss your qualifications as a teacher.

Mitchell Center Graduate Fellowships

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2021-2022 Academic Year
Application Deadline: Sun. March 21, 2021

The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy will award 3 graduate fellowships for the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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 2021-2022.

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
2021-2022 Academic Year
Application Deadline: Sun. March 21, 2021
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 2021 and completed during the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 academic year.

Applications are due by Sunday, March 21, 2021.  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.