Constitutional Issues Research Fellowships

Mount Holyoke sophomores and juniors may submit proposals for research projects on contemporary public policy issues that contain a constitutional history component.  Fellowship awards provide $5,000 for summer research that might serve as a basis for a senior thesis or other scholarly work.  Up to two fellowships may be awarded for summer 2014.  

Modern issues of both global and domestic public policy frequently involve elements of the U.S. or other nations’ constitutions.  Questions regarding human rights, privacy rights, immigration rights, and voting rights together with protections such as free speech, the free press, and the free exercise of religion provide examples of current topics rooted in constitutional provisions and subsequent legal interpretations.


The fellowship sponsor, Dr. Christine L. Compston (MHC ’71) spent her professional career teaching, researching, and writing on topics of constitutional history in their contemporary context.  This career interest began in a senior undergraduate seminar on the constitution.  Through these fellowships, she encourages another generation of Mount Holyoke women to base their emerging careers in fields such as law, journalism,  and public service on an understanding of the impact of constitutional history on contemporary issues.   

Contact: Interested students should contact Professor Christopher Pyle (Politics) or Professor Daniel Czitrom (History) for more information.  

Apply for this fellowship through the Universal Application Funding (UAF) program.