Research Fellowship Opportunity: Apply by 10/31

In 2017-18, the Arlen Specter Center of Thomas Jefferson University will offer two competitive research fellowships for the purpose of aiding a scholar in the pursuit of study and research in an area supported by the Arlen Specter Collection, such as:

  • Supreme court nominee confirmations
  • LGBTQ rights (See materials from Specter’s time as Philadelphia’s District Attorney)
  • Middle East diplomacy
  • Cuban-American relations
  • Scientific/medical research funding, including stem-cell research
  • Criminal justice/hate crimes
  • Clinton impeachment
  • Philadelphia regional developments and initiatives (Constitution Center opening; Naval Base closure)

Graduate students or post-graduate scholars in relevant areas, such as political science, international studies, history, public policy, public administration, or public health are invited to apply. The fellow will use the Arlen Specter Collection at the University of Pittsburgh and Jefferson University (East Falls Campus). The Collection contains Specter’s extensive papers, audiovisuals, photographs and memorabilia documenting his 30-year Senatorial career. The research must result in a publication which furthers knowledge and understanding of a legislative, historical, or policy issue. It is expected that at least a portion of the research and publication needs to originate from the Arlen Specter Collection.

Application deadline: October 31, 2017. For details and requirements, view the full announcement.

For further information, contact:

  • Karen Albert, Specter Center Coordinator (phone: 215-951-2847; email:
  • Evan Laine, Specter Center Faculty Director (phone: 609-471-3898; email: