Graduate Summer Research Grants

Opened: October 8, 2018
Closes: April 12, 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 summer of 2019.

Students may receive reimbursements for up to $2,000 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 5-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.

The following should be submitted directly to the Center Administrator (

A reference letter from the applicant’s graduate advisor indicating their approval of and support for the applicant’s research plans.

Applications should be made via Interfolio:

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

For further information, contact Anne Kalbach, Administrator of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration at

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

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