For the academic year 2022-2023, the University of Pennsylvania is looking for highly motivated individuals to apply for Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research grants to study in the United States.
All full-time Penn undergraduate students enrolled in any school who want to do research on any aspect of democracy, its practice or theory, or related subjects of citizenship and constitutional government, are eligible to apply.
About the Scholarship:
The University of Pennsylvania, also known as Penn University, is a private Ivy League research university that was established in 1740. It is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States, located in Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood. It was founded by Benjamin Franklin and is one of the nine colonial colleges established prior to the declaration of independence. The Cope and Steward Son firm designed much of Penn’s structure, with a core campus covering over 299 acres. The university has four undergraduate schools that offer a total of 99 undergraduate programs in the sciences, business, humanities, and natural engineering. It has a combined undergraduate graduation rate of 96 percent over six years and 12 graduate and professional schools. It allows you to pursue specialized dual degree programs. Penn University had a total regular work force of more than 18,000 faculty and staff members as of November 2018. Apart from that, over 324,995 students have graduated from Penn University since its inception, including heads of state, Supreme Court justices, and US Senators. Furthermore, the university has been associated with some Nobel laureates, Guggenheim Fellows, and a number of CEOs. Not only that, but Penn founded some of the first schools and unions, including the first business school, first medical school, and first building of a “student union” and organization. Penn University received a $13.8 billion donation in 2018, ranking seventh among all colleges in the United States. Furthermore, it had a $1.02 billion educational research fund.
The University of Pennsylvania (abbreviated Penn) appears to be the textbook definition of an Ivy League university, with elaborate Gothic buildings and lush courtyards that make you want to dive headfirst into the nearest library. The campus, particularly Locust Walk, which runs through it, provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, and on nice days, it even doubles as a picnic site. The grounds also house Alexander Calder art, one of the city’s LOVE statues, a statue of Ben Franklin sitting on a bench, and Franklin Field, the country’s oldest operating football stadium (and home of the Penn Relays). Penn’s campus anchors West Philly, a section of the city located across the Schuylkill River that provides visitors with a different (read: non-Center City) flavor of Philadelphia. The pace of life on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods is a little slower. Explore the campus to the west and have lunch at West Philly institution White Dog Café, where each of the restaurant’s small inner rooms is decorated in a different motif. Students at Penn don’t mind having intellectual conversations over dinner—”politics and religion come up frequently, but so do baseball, types of wine, and restaurants”—but “partying is a much higher priority here than it is at other Ivy League schools.” “Depending on your preferences, campus is divided between the downtown club scene and the frat/bar scene.” When it comes to midterms and finals, however, “people get really serious and…buckle down and study.” There is easy access to downtown Philadelphia while maintaining “the comfortable feeling of having our own campus,” giving students plenty of access to restaurants (BYO restaurants in Philly are “a huge hit”), shopping, concerts, and sports games, as well as “hanging out with hallmates playing Mario Kart.” “It’s the ideal blend of an urban setting and a traditional college campus.” The school offers a variety of guest speakers, cultural events, clubs, and organizations for students to participate in (all of which “makes the campus feel smaller”), and seniors can even attend “Feb Club” in February, which is essentially an event every night. The weekend buses to and from New York and Washington, D.C. “are always packed.” At Penn, “people are constantly trying to think about how they can balance getting good grades academically and their weekend plans.” The University of Pennsylvania has 165 research centers, a large budget, libraries, and resources to support its faculty and students, as well as a strong desire to succeed. When former students are asked about their experiences at Penn, one of the words that frequently comes up is “driven” – along with “highly intelligent” and “competitive!” Its research output is prolific, world-class, and brilliant, with more than half of Penn’s programs ranked among the top five in the world in their respective fields.
Scholarship Sponsor(s): University of Pennsylvania
Scholarship Country: United States
Scholarship Worth: $2500
Study Level: Fellowship
Nationality: International Students
Successful students will receive an award of up to $2500 from the University of Pennsylvania.
Eligibility for Scholarship.
- All nationalities are welcome.
- Undergraduate studies in any subject available at the university.
- To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
- Applicants must have a strong academic record.
The Mitchell Center Undergraduate International Research Grants in USA for Fellowship is open to all International students
The following are required for a complete application:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Research Statement for the Dissertation A five-page double-spaced description of your dissertation’s goal, current status, and future research plans (excluding any notes or references)
- Proposals for Events A brief paragraph outlining your ideas for Mitchell Center events during your tenure as a graduate fellow. Graduate fellows have organized (usually online) events with outside speakers in recent years. Last year, for example, graduate fellows organized and moderated events on ongoing political developments in India and Myanmar (details here) as well as the issue of white privilege (details here).
- The transcript A copy, whether official or unofficial.
- Endorsement Letter Your Dissertation Supervisor’s letter.
Applications should be sent to email@example.com in Word or PDF format.
Supervisors of dissertations should send their letters of support separately.
The application deadline for Mitchell Center Undergraduate International Research Grants in USA for Fellowship is March 15, 2022