Turner Schulman Undergraduate Research Fellowships

2024-2025 Call for Applications


Rolling submissions
Closes April 30, 2025

The Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration (CSERI) will award a number of Turner Schulman undergraduate research fellowships for projects completed during the 2024-2025 academic year. Students may receive grants for up to $1,500 of research expenses. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until April 30.

All full-time Penn undergraduate students enrolled in any school who wish to undertake research in the social sciences relating to race, ethnicity, or immigration in the United States or in other countries are eligible to apply. CSERI research support may be combined with funding from other programs.

Funding can be applied toward one of two goals:

  1. Research that will contribute to the writing of a senior thesis or the completion of an independent study course during the 2024-2025 academic year.  Costs may involve travel to library, archival, field, or interview sites; data acquisition; research subject incentives; transcription; etc. Applications must include a 2-page proposal with a budget outline, a list of all pending and accepted funding for the proposal, and a letter of support from the student’s thesis advisor or professor.
  2. Research assistantships (RAs) on faculty-directed projects.  RA applications should include a short letter from the student indicating why they are interested in pursuing research in this field and a letter from the supervising professor describing the RA’s research duties and hourly rate/working hours. Funding for assistantships will be directed to the account of the supervising professor.

Turner Schulman Fellows will be invited to attend CSERI’s faculty workshops and conferences with leading scholars from around the world. All grant recipients must be prepared to present their completed research at an undergraduate seminar or poster exposition hosted by CSERI.

For further information, contact Anne Kalbach, CSERI Administrator, at akalbach@sas.upenn.edu.

Students conducting projects in the social sciences on race, ethnicity, and immigration in Latin America and/or Latinx politics in the United States can also apply and receive additional advisory support from the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies. For specific information, contact the CLALS program at clals-upenn@sas.upenn.edu.