Penn Doctoral

Penn Doctoral Research Fellowships

The Wolf Humanities Center offers one-year research fellowships to Penn dissertation-level graduate students in the humanities. Students should be conducting dissertation research related to the Center's theme for the year in which the award is granted. Fellows are awarded $3000 stipends and are required to attend the Wolf Humanities Center's Mellon Research Seminar, held Tuesdays from noon–1:30pm* during the academic year, and present their work at one of the sessions. Seminar members also include postdoctoral fellows, faculty from Penn and regional universities, and the Center's director and topic director. Doctoral Fellows also assist in the planning of a one-day symposium on the annual topic. 

*NOTE: Interested applicants are advised to check well ahead with their department/s to avoid conflicts in scheduling classes and other obligations.

Call for Applications, 2024–2025 

Research Topic: Keywords
Application deadline: March 20, 2024

Applications are now being accepted for research on the topic of Keywords, the Center's topic for 2024–25. Please apply via the Interfolio application portal.

Applicants are required to submit an up-to-date CV and a single PDF including the following:

  • Project Title
  • Project Abstract (125 words maximum)
  • Project Proposal (approx. 1000 words)

Also required:
One confidential letter of recommendation from the applicant's dissertation advisor or graduate chair. Letters must be uploaded to Interfolio no later than the March 20 deadline.


Questions? Please email or call Sara Varney (215.745.5940), the Center's Associate Director.