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Fellowships 2022-2023

Mitchell Center Postdoctoral Fellowship on "Democracy and Emergent Technologies"
Mitchell Center Graduate Fellowships 2022-23
Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants 2022-2023

Mitchell Center Postdoctoral Fellowship on "Democracy and Emergent Technologies"

2022-2023 Academic Year
Application Deadline: February 15, 2022
Application Link:

The University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy and Perry World House invite applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in any discipline whose research is pertinent to the theme of the Mitchell Center’s 2022-2023 faculty workshop series, "Democracy and Emergent Technologies."  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 will be at least $53,800 plus benefits, including health insurance.

In an effort to make sense of the civic consequences of the ongoing technological revolutions in our midst, the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, in partnership with Perry World House, will devote a yearlong series in 2022-23 to exploring various intersections of technology and politics. Topics will include such issues as the role of race in shaping the often disparate impacts of technology, and what this means for democracy; the potential benefits and drawbacks of smart cities for sustainability and civic engagement; the relationship of Big Tech to democratic institutions and values; recent, technologically driven trends in the democratization of finance; examination of current and anticipated technological developments surrounding warfare; the relationship of technology to the question for economic democracy; and the technological features of the security state in China, and other similar regimes, and their impact on civic life.

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.


International scholars are welcome.  Applicants should have received the PhD no earlier than May 2017 but must have completed all requirements for the PhD by September 30, 2022.

Application Instructions

Application Deadline: February 15, 2022
Application Link:

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


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.
7.  Diversity Statement. If applicable, a short description of how your background and experiences may contribute to Penn's diversity goals.

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, excluding notes and references).
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

2022-2023 Academic Year
Application Deadline: March 15, 2022

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.  CV
2.  Dissertation Research Statement. A description of your dissertation’s aim, current status, and further research plan, not to exceed five double-spaced pages (excluding any notes or references)
3.  Event Proposals. A brief paragraph discussing your ideas for events the Mitchell Center might hold during your tenure as a graduate fellow. In recent years, graduate fellows have organized (usually online) events with outside speakers. For example, last year graduate fellows organized and moderated events on ongoing political developments in India and Myanmar (details here) and the question of white privilege (details here).
4.  Transcript. An official or unofficial copy.
5.  Letter of Endorsement. A letter from your Dissertation Supervisor.

Please send applications in Word or PDF format to

Dissertation Supervisors should send their letters of endorsement separately.

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

Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants

2022-2023 Academic Year
Application Deadline: March 15, 2022
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 March 15, 2022.  Applications should be made via the CURF website, where you will be asked to submit the following four items in separate PDFs:

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. CV or Resume. Optional.

For further information, contact Matthew Roth, Administrator of the Andrea Mitchell Center, at