Penn Graduate

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 $2500 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. Graduate 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, 2023–2024 (Closed)

Research Topic: Revolution
Application deadline: March 22, 2023

Applications are now being accepted for research on the topic of Revolution, the Center's topic for 2023–24. 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 22 deadline.


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