Mitchell Center Undergraduate and Graduate International Research Grants at the University of Pennsylvania USA

The University of Pennsylvania was established in the year 1740, and over the years, it has grown and developed into one of the highly ranked US universities. It is a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The university is open to locals and international students.

The institution offer undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral programs and scholarships, and they are all available to US students and non-US students. The Mitchell Center International Research Grants is one of scholarships made available by the university.

Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants

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.

Mitchell Center Graduate Fellowships

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


  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.

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