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Fellowships 2023-2024

Mitchell Center Postdoctoral Fellowship on "Climate and Democracy"
Mitchell Center/SNF Paideia Program Postdoctoral Fellowship
Mitchell Center Graduate Fellowships
Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants

Mitchell Center Postdoctoral Fellowship on "Climate and Democracy"

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2023-2024 Academic Year
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023

The University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy and the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) invite applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in any discipline whose research is pertinent to the theme of the Mitchell Center’s 2023-2024 faculty workshop series, CLIMATE AND DEMOCRACY.  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 and PPEH 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.

Since its birth in revolutions that swept the Atlantic world two centuries ago, modern democracy has developed under a relatively stable, if gradually warming, global climate. Now, even as they are beset by a diverse set of challenges – including right-wing populism, increasingly powerful authoritarian regimes, forms of media susceptible to disinformation campaigns, the impacts of the pandemic, and mass migrations sparked by environmental stresses, political instability, and economic inequality – the world’s democracies must also face accelerating climate change as it intersects with these other pressures in unpredictable and potentially devastating ways. In a year-long series during 2023-24, the Andrea Mitchell Center is partnering with the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities to explore the risks posed to democratic norms by climate change, as well as the capacity of democratic institutions to address the issue. And while it is possible to imagine a future in which natural disasters and democratic failures compound one another, we are asking how climate solutions and democratic values might reinforce each other and lead to greater political and environmental resilience.

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 Mitchell Center values interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and collegiality; is committed to promoting a culturally diverse intellectual community; and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and underrepresented communities. See below for the University of Pennsylvania's Equal Employment Opportunity Statement.

Qualifications

International scholars are welcome.  Applicants should have received the PhD no earlier than May 2018 but must have completed all requirements for the PhD by September 30, 2023.

Application Instructions

Application Link: http://apply.interfolio.com/118876
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023

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

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2023-2024 Academic Year
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023

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 will be at least $53,800 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 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

International scholars are welcome.  Applicants should have received the PhD no earlier than May 2018 but must have completed all requirements for the PhD by September 30, 2023.

Application Instructions

Application Link: https://apply.interfolio.com/118879
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023

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
2023-2024 Academic Year
Application Deadline: March 15, 2023

The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy will award 3 graduate fellowships for the 2023-2024 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 2023-2024 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 2023-2024.

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.

Please send applications in Word or PDF format to mitchell-center@sas.upenn.edu. 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 the student debt crisis (here), U.S. immigration policy (here), and internet democracy (here).
4.  Transcript. An official or unofficial copy.
5.  Letter of Endorsement. A letter from your Dissertation Supervisor. (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
2023-2024 Academic Year
Application Deadline: March 15, 2023
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 2023 and completed during the 2023-2024 academic year. 

Students may receive grants of up to $3,000 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.

Applications are due by March 15, 2023.  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 maroth@sas.upenn.edu.