Predoctoral Fellowships for Excellence Through Diversity

2022-23 Predoctoral Fellowships for Excellence Through Diversity

Deadline: January 14, 2022

The University of Pennsylvania is pleased to invite applications for the 2022-23 Predoctoral Fellowships for Excellence through Diversity. These awards are designed to provide mentorship and access to Penn’s resources for doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences, enrolled in graduate or professional programs at universities other than Penn, as they complete their dissertations. The Fellowships are intended to support scholars from a wide range of backgrounds, who can contribute to the diversity of Penn and the higher education community.

These residential Fellowships support graduate students in the final stages of dissertation research or writing at Penn for an academic year, normally September through August. They offer an opportunity for scholars who plan an academic career to take advantage of Penn programs and faculty expertise and afford access to libraries and the resources of the Philadelphia region. Each scholar will be selected and hosted by a department or school and assigned a faculty mentor. Recipients will be in the stage of advanced dissertation research or writing.

The Fellowship provides a stipend of $40,000, health insurance, library privileges, and a $5,000 research and travel fund. The application deadline is January 14, 2022.

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Candidates for the fellowship must be and enrolled in a doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences at Penn. Candidates must have passed any qualifying examinations and be in an advanced stage of research and writing on an approved dissertation topic. Candidates must be students of exceptional academic merit, who also belong to a group underrepresented in higher education; come from a socially, culturally or educationally disadvantaged background or have faced other significant personal obstacles; and/or pursue academic research on cultural, societal, or educational problems as they affect disadvantaged or underrepresented sectors of society.


Applicants should submit:

  • Two letters of recommendation, signed and on official letter head. One must come from the dissertation advisor, commenting on the student’s performance, potential, and expected time to degree. At least one of the letters must address the applicant’s contribution to diversity in higher education.
  • Graduate transcript(s).
  • Current curriculum vitae.

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