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Mitchell-Center PPEH Graduate Fellowships on Climate and Democracy

2023-2024 Academic Year
Application Deadline: June 16, 2023
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The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy and the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities invite applications from Penn graduate students for up to six $5000 fellowships to enable participation in a working group on climate and democracy across disciplinary perspectives.

The working group, mentored by Mitchell Center Director Jeffrey Green (Political Science) and PPEH Director Bethany Wiggin (German), will meet monthly to read and workshop papers; attend and participate in six public programs out of eight scheduled as part of 2023-24 “Climate and Democracy” series presented by the Mitchell Center and PPEH; and receive funding and mentorship to design and host a one-day workshop in April 2024, in conjunction with the final public program exploring the art and science of climate research. Fellows will be asked to write a short (200-word) contribution to PPEH’s blog, Field Notes, and may also be asked to contribute to the Mitchell Center podcast.

The dates for the public programs on “Climate and Democracy” are September 21, October 19, November 16, and December 7 in 2023; and January 18, February 15, March 21, and April 18 in 2024.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, Graduate Fellows may choose to take part in the international doctoral cluster for training in the environmental humanities, a partnership between the University of Toronto, Oxford University, and Penn. In the spring semester 2024, Fellows may also choose to enroll in Public Environmental Humanities (ANTH 543, COML 562, ENVS 544, GRMN 544, URBS 544), to receive one course credit for their Fellowship. This humanities lab is guided by Wiggin and facilitates alternative academic career exposure and training in public research methods. Topics for spring 2024 include: grant writing, public writing, podcasting, editing, and teaching in non-traditional contexts.

To apply, please submit the following via email to

  • A short statement (500-750 words) on how the twinned topics of climate and democracy intersect with your graduate research. 
  • Your C.V.
  • A confidential letter sent separately to by your dissertation advisor or graduate chair, recommending your participation in this fellowship program. The letter may be informal and take the form of an email. Please ask your referee toemail their letter no later than the application deadline, June 16, 2023.

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