The Arlen Specter Center at Thomas Jefferson University offers competitive research fellowships to aid scholars in the pursuit of study and research in an area supported by the Arlen Specter Collection.
To that end, the center has announced the opening of two $5,000 competitive research fellowships. The fellowships are intended to highlight and raise awareness of the significant impact the late senator’s work had on American politics, criminal justice, healthcare policy and culture.
Fellows are encouraged to use the Arlen Specter Senatorial Papers at the University of Pittsburgh, managed in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University (East Falls Campus), which contains papers, audiovisuals, photographs, and memorabilia documenting Specter’s thirty-year senatorial career. Research must result in a publication that furthers knowledge and understanding of a legislative, historical, or policy issue, and at least a portion of the research and publication should originate from or make use of the collection. Physical access to the papers will be limited in the upcoming semester due to the pandemic and potential travel restrictions. However, thousands of pages of the senator’s speeches and news releases are available online. To better facilitate access to the papers for successful fellowship recipients, the University of Pittsburgh Library System’s Archives and Special Collections will accommodate reproduction requests (scanning) of up to one hundred pages of documents. Consultation with the Archives and Special Collections personnel will be required to fulfill reproduction requests.
Funding for the fellowships is provided by Arlen Specter's son, Shanin, a Philadelphia trial attorney and law professor, and his wife, Tracey.
Graduate students or postgraduate scholars in relevant areas such as political science, international studies, history, public policy, public administration, or public health are invited to apply. Applications are due by February 1, 2021.
For additional RFP, including eligibility criteria and applications instructions, see the Jefferson University website.