Predoctoral Fellows

About

The University of Pennsylvania is pleased to invite applications for the 2021-22 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 and 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 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.

The Fellowship provides a stipend of $37,000, health insurance, library privileges, and a $4,000 research and travel fund. Moving expenses, up to $4,000, are also covered. The application deadline was December 11, 2020.

This year, up to five Fellowships will be awarded.

Resources

Readings and Resources for Academics – A list created by Lindsey Cameron, Ph.D.  Professor Cameron is Assistant Professor of Management in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and also a member of the 2017-2018 Penn Predoctoral Fellowships for Excellence Through Diversity cohort.

Qualifications

Recipients of this fellowship must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and enrolled in a PhD program in the humanities or social sciences at an accredited university graduate or professional school other than Penn. Eligible applicants will have passed all doctoral qualifying examinations and be in an advanced stage of research and writing on an approved dissertation topic. Selected applicants will be of exceptional academic merit and will advance equity, diversity, and inclusion. Applicants are asked to disclose whether they belong to a group that is underrepresented in higher education, come from a disadvantaged background, have overcome significant personal obstacles, and/or pursue academic research on cultural, societal, or educational problems as they affect disadvantaged or underrepresented sectors of society.

Application

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.

Applications will be accepted at apply.interfolio.com/78872.

Questions can be addressed to the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty at provost-fac@upenn.edu.

2021-2022 Fellows
Dionte Harris

Dionte Harris

English, SAS
Dionte Harris
Dionte Harris

English, SAS

Home institution – University of Virginia
Penn school - SAS
Penn department – English
Penn mentor – Dagmawi Woubshet
Dissertation title - "Boyhood: Black Becoming, Queer Being, and the Question of Life"

Uchenna Itam

Uchenna Itam

History of Art, SAS
Uchenna Itam
Uchenna Itam

History of Art, SAS

Home institution – University of Texas at Austin
Penn school - SAS
Penn department – History of Art
Penn mentor – Gwendolyn Shaw
Dissertation title - Feeling Visible: Politics of Aesthetics, Identity, and the Senses in Contemporary Art of the United States (1990-2005)

Ariel Stevenson

Ariel Stevenson

Africana Studies, Annenberg
Ariel Stevenson
Ariel Stevenson

Africana Studies, Annenberg

Home institution – University of California, Los Angeles
Penn school - Annenberg
Penn department – Africana Studies
Penn mentor – Jasmine Johnson
Dissertation Title - "Niggas on the Internet: Scenes of a Black Social Life"

Aelxander Sutton

Alexander Sutton

Sociology, SAS
Aelxander Sutton
Alexander Sutton

Sociology, SAS

Home institution – University of Virginia
Penn school - SAS
Penn department – Sociology
Penn mentor – David Grazian
Dissertation title - Composing the Creative Self: Constructing Meaning, Identity, and Aesthetic Imaginaries in Contemporary Art Music

Former PreDoctoral Fellows
Brandon Alston
Law

2019-2020 Fellow
Sociology

Darius Bost
Law

2013-2014 Fellow
American Studies

Solange Bumbaugh
Law

2013-2014 Fellow
Egyptology

Francisco Ramos
Law

2013-2014 Fellow
History

Moyagaye Bedward
Arts & Sciences

2020-2021  Fellow
History

Lindsey D. Cameron

2017-2018 Fellow
Management and Organization

Courtney Carter

2012-2013 Fellow
Sociology

Beatrice Choi

2018-2019 Fellow
Communication Studies

Chinbo Chong

2018-2019 Fellow
Political Science

Matthew Clair

2017-2018 Fellow
Sociology

Deshonay Dozier

2018-2019 Fellow
Environmental Psychology

Yanie Fecu

2017-2018 Fellow
Comparative Literature

Nyle Fort

2019-2020 Fellow
Religion and African American Studies

Robert Franco

2019-2020 Fellow
History

Mariana Giusti-Rodriguez

2016-2017 Fellow
Political Science

Gonzaba

2017-2018 Fellow
American History

Nahir Otano Gracia

2012-2013 Fellow
Comparative Literature

Allison Harris

2015-2016 Fellow
Political Science

David Chandler Hughes

2017-2018 Fellow
Educational Leadership

Eun-Jin Keish Kim
Arts & Sciences

2020-2021 Fellow
Philosophy

Peggy Lee

2019-2020 Fellow
American Culture / Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies

Kiana Murphy
Arts & Sciences

2020-2021 Fellow
English Language & Literature

Sara Musaifer

2019-2020 Fellow
Comparative & Intl. Development Educ.

German Pallares
Weitzman School of Design

2020-2021 Fellow
Architecture

Sandy Placido

2016-2017 Fellow
American Studies

Paulina Dela Cruz Inara Rodis
Annenberg School for Communication

2020-2021 Fellow
Sociology

Dominick Rolle

2015-2016 Fellow
African Disasporic Literature

Grace Sanders

2012-2013 Fellow
American Studies

Adrien Sebro

2018-2019 Fellow
Film & Television Studies

Celeste T.V. Sharpe

2015-2016 Fellow
American History

Anjanette Tack

2017-2018 Fellow
Political Science

Kaya Williams

2016-2017 Fellow
Socio-Cultural Anthropology