Turner-Schulman Graduate Fellowships


Opened: October 14, 2019
Closes: November 15, 2019

The Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration (CSERI) will award a number of graduate fellowships for research expenses and travel undertaken in the 2019-2020 academic year and the summer of 2020. A second call for applications will take place during the Spring semester.

Students may receive grants of up to $1,500 for research expenses. All full-time Penn graduate students enrolled in any school whose research focuses on social science approaches to race, ethnicity or immigration in the United States or in other countries are eligible to apply. CSERI research support may be combined with funding from other programs.

Examples of research-related activities that may be funded include, but are not limited to:

  • Costs associated with field research and/or experimental research.
  • Travel to libraries, archives, special collections, or other research sites.
  • Purchase of data, research materials, research-related software, and/or specialized equipment.

The application packet must include:

  1. A 3-page proposal describing the proposed research, its relation to the dissertation, the methods for conducting the research (i.e. archival, quantitative, surveys, participant observer, secondary, and published primary sources, interviews, experimental, etc.), and a timeline.
  2. An itemized budget and brief budget narrative describing how the funds will be used.
  3. The applicant’s CV.
  4. A reference letter from the applicant’s graduate advisor indicating their approval of and support for the applicant’s research plans. Submit the advisor’s letter separately to CSERI Administrator Anne Kalbach at akalbach@sas.upenn.edu.

Applications should be made via Interfolio: apply.interfolio.com/70091

All grant recipients must be prepared to present on their completed research at a seminar hosted by CSERI toward the end of the year.

For further information, contact Anne Kalbach, CSERI Administrator, at akalbach@sas.upenn.edu.

Partnership with Latin American and Latino Studies: Students conducting projects in the social sciences on race, ethnicity and immigration in Latin America and/or Latino politics in the United States can also apply and receive additional advisory support from the Latin America and Latino Studies program. For specific information, contact the LALS program at lals@sas.upenn.edu.

Students are also encouraged to seek funding in conjunction with Africana Studies, Political Science, Sociology and other social science units at Penn.