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Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship Projects

This page provides information on the Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship projects currently available and is typically updated by mid-February of the current academic year.


The Humanities Fellowship program is for undergraduate students in humanities or social science programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. The fellowship is designed to encourage research in these areas and to offer paid opportunities, which are often unavailable in the humanities. Applicants must be in their sophomore year or later.

Full List of Requirements (PDF)


Click on a project title below for an extensive description of each project. Be sure to read the full project descriptions carefully. Your application will be judged by how well you understand the project and how well you demonstrate your suitability.

Eligible students may apply for up to three of the projects. However, if applying for multiple projects, please rank them in order of preference.

The application deadline is March 18, 2017. Finalists will be interviewed by the faculty member sponsoring the project. Winners will be announced April 23, 2017. For conditions of application and terms of the fellowship, see the application form.

If you have any questions, please contact the program director, Simone Schlichting-Artur, EdD, at:

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2016-2017 Projects

Project Faculty Name Department Project Title
01 Rachel Reynolds, PhD Anthropology Philadelphia Refugees, Immigrants and Media Use — How do Refugees Use Social and Mass Media in the Contemporary Political Moment?
02 Stacey E. Ake, PhD Anthropology Against the Monolith(s): Proofreading and Reference Checking for a Book
03 Amber Reed, PhD Anthropology Suburban Fantasies of Consumption and the "Post-Racial" in South Africa
04 Susan Magee, MFA Communication It Really Works! Usability Testing of Public Safety Compliance Materials
05 Lawrence Souder, PhD Communication Not Everyone Gets the Joke in Ironically Intended Research Papers
06 Hyunmin Lee, PhD
Communication Portraying Electronic Cigarettes in National Newspapers
07 Jordan Hyatt, PhD & Robert Kane, PhD Criminology & Justice Studies The Influence of Body Worn Cameras (BWC) on Police-Citizen Interactions: A Pilot Randomized Trial
08 Karen Nulton, PhD English & Philosophy Telling the Story of War and Not War
09 Anne Erickson, PhD English & Philosophy Orphan Black
10 Valerie Fox, PhD English & Philosophy Generations: Writing and Editing Oral Histories
11 Debjani Bhattacharyya, PhD History Hidden Hydrology: Digitally Mapping Philadelphia's Urban Waters
12 Lloyd Ackert, PhD History A Biographical Study of Ruth Patrick: A Life in Environmentalism, 1907-2013
13 Phillip Ayoub, PhD Politics Teaching Democracies New Tricks: Same-Sex Unions and the Power of Social Learning
14 Amelia Hoover Green, PhD Politics Armed Group Socialization and Violence Against Civilians
15 Richardson Dilworth, PhD Politics Racial, Ethnic and Economic Succession in Neighborhood Commercial Corridors
16 Naomi Goldstein, PhD Psychology Juvenile Justice Research and Reform: Keeping Youth in School and Out of the Justice System
17 Mary Ebeling, PhD Sociology Distributed Phantoms and Haunted Databases: The Marketing Uses of Personal Data
18 Jason Orne, PhD Sociology Lessons from Sex-Positive Queer Communities for PrEP Uptake and Adherence
Susan E. Bell, PhD Sociology Practicing Medicine After Arriving in the United States