Specter Center to Award Two $5,000 Research Fellowships

The fellowships will produce important insights and knowledge in public policy, political science and international affairs.

The fellowships will produce important insights and knowledge in public policy, political science and international affairs.

The University’s Arlen Specter Center for Public Service will award two $5,000 fellowships to promote scholarship and research in an area supported by the Arlen Specter Collection and increase awareness of the late senator’s work and legacy.

Fellowships will be awarded to a graduate student or a post-graduate scholar working in history, political science, medicine, public health, criminal justice, public policy or related fields.

Research topics could include Supreme Court nominee confirmations, LGBTQ rights, Middle East diplomacy, Cuban-American relations, scientific/medical research, criminal justice, the Clinton impeachment, Philadelphia regional development or other areas relevant to the career of the late senator.

To inform their work, the fellows will use the Arlen Specter Collection, which was donated to the University by Sen. Specter in 2011 and contains his extensive papers, audio-visual materials, photographs and memorabilia documenting his 30-year senatorial career representing Pennsylvania. The research must result in a published work that furthers knowledge and understanding of a legislative, historical or policy issue.

“The Specter Center research fellowships will produce new important insights and knowledge in public policy, political science and international affairs, while also perpetuating the legacy of Pennsylvania’s longest-serving U.S. senator,” said Karen Albert, coordinator of the Specter Center. “Since fellows will utilize the Arlen Specter archive as the basis of their research, the awards will also serve as a culmination of the four-year process undertaken at the University of Pittsburgh to process and organize the late senator’s large and rich manuscript collection.”

Shanin Specter, prominent Philadelphia trial attorney and son of Arlen Specter, and his wife, Tracey, have funded the fellowships.

Applications must be submitted by Oct. 31, 2017. For eligibility requirements, necessary materials and additional details, visit here.

Posted in University Headlines