Graduate Fellowship

Announcement:  2020-2021 Urban Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Urban Studies dissertation completion fellowship is a competitive fellowship with a service component for advanced doctoral students in the final year of their dissertation work. In addition to completing his or her dissertation, the fellow will be responsible for teaching one course for the Urban Studies program and taking a leading role in organizing public programs and communication for the Urban Studies graduate certificate program.  As with the Graduate Division’s dissertation completion fellowship, the award is non-renewable.

The Fellowship is open to Ph.D. candidates in any department in the School of Arts & Sciences whose research is relevant to urban studies and who are in their 6th or 7th year of study.  Preference will be given to students in the Urban Studies Graduate Certificate Program, but students in other departments whose work is significantly urban related will also be given consideration.

A completed application must include a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the fellowship and how their work represents an urban focus.  In addition, the application should include:

(1) An up-to-date unofficial Penn transcript or the equivalent information and the status of the preliminary examination, foreign language requirement, etc.

(2) Two current letters of recommendation.

(3) A CV that includes a list of publications and conference papers. (Enclose one or two reprints or provide PDFs.)

(4) The tentative title of the dissertation, the name of the dissertation supervisor, and a 2-page abstract of your Dissertation
Proposal, and an explanation for how it addresses issues or questions in urban studies.

(5) A statement from the nominee discussing his or her specific plans for completing the dissertation in the fellowship period.

(6) A summary of the applicant’s previous teaching experience.

Applicants will be reviewed by a committee composed of the Urban Studies program’s co-directors and two members of the programs teaching faculty. Criteria for selection are: 1) likelihood that the applicant can complete dissertation during the award year; 2) previous research and teaching experience; and 3) relevance of research and teaching for urban studies. The review committee will announce its results several weeks after those for the Graduate Division’s award.

Compensation includes a teaching stipend (based on current graduate student funding in SAS), dissertation fee reimbursement, and benefits.

Send your materials by April 30 to

Elaine Simon and David Grazian, c/o Urban Studies, 426 McNeil Building, 3718 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6209 or email to  Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.