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GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP Accepting Applications

Friday, February 9, 2024 - 5:30pm


2024-2025 Academic Year

Application Deadline: March 15, 2024


The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy will award 2 graduate fellowships for the 2024-2025 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 2024-2025 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 2024-2025.


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, in recent years 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 Ibrahim Bakri at, phone 215-573-4881.