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Calls for applications are posted each year in early fall and close on March 15th (11:59pm EST). Full fellowship guidelines and application are available on the Forum's website during each Call for Applications cycle.

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Undergraduate Humanities Forum
Mellon Research Fellowships


Call for Applications, 2014–2015 (CLOSED)
Topic: Color

Application Deadline: Saturday, March 15, 2014

Download Application (Application Instructions, see below.)

The Penn Humanities Forum announces the availability of twelve Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellowships for the 2014–2015 academic year.

Nine awards of $1500, two of $1750, and one of $2000 are available for full-time Penn undergraduates enrolled in any school wishing to conduct independent research outside their academic coursework. Click here for descriptions of each award category.

Project proposals must relate to the Forum’s 2014–2015 theme, Color. Students are encouraged to consider a variety of projects: research papers, performances, original exhibitions, multimedia, or innovative designs. Work may involve travel to libraries, archives, or other institutions. The only restriction on the content of proposals is that they must relate to PHF's topic, Color.

PHF Fellows are required to be in residence at Penn during their fellowship year and to attend biweekly seminars and other informal gatherings throughout the year, sometimes in the company of the Forum's guest speakers. Students are encouraged to organize academic or cultural events for the group during the year according to their individual interests (e.g., a speaker, museum or concert trip, etc.). Fellows also help organize and attend the spring Undergraduate Humanities Forum Conference, at which they present their completed projects.


TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted online. Please read the following instructions carefully.

bullet Complete the application.
bullet Save it as a PDF. Your file must be named: UHF-Lastname_Firstname.pdf (example: UHF-Franklin_Ben.pdf).
bullet Include as the last page of your PDF your Penn course transcript (unofficial version is fine).
bullet To submit, upload your application here.

bullet Also required is one confidential letter of recommendation from your department chair, another administrator, or a senior scholar in your field.
Please ask your referee to upload that letter here no later than March 15, 2014. (Letters should not be emailed.)
  NOTE: We strongly recommend that you request the letter at least six weeks before the March 1 deadline to allow the faculty member plenty of lead time, given his or her other responsibilities.

Application + Letter of Recommendation Deadline:
11:59pm EST, Saturday, March 15, 2014.