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CANCELLED - Emerging Scholars Summer Mentoring Program

In light of the continuing spread of COVID-19, the Richards Center has cancelled the Emerging Scholars Summer Mentoring Program that was to take place at Penn State on June 22-27, 2020.  Please continue to follow @RichardsCenter or our website for details on our Spring 2021 Mentoring Program.


Summer Mentoring Program 

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The Richards Center Emerging Scholars Summer Mentoring Program exposes students to doctoral study in the discipline of history. During a one-week summer residential program, Pennsylvania State University faculty and staff demystify the graduate school admissions process and educate participants about the academic profession. Students will participate in a simulated doctoral seminar and attend workshops on a variety of topics, including writing, digital research, and graduate student life. All expenses including travel, housing, meals, and course materials are provided by the university. Students also will receive a $250 stipend upon completion of the program. Penn State’s Richards Center, the Department of History, the Latina/o Studies program, and the Department of African American Studies sponsor the program in a collaborative effort to attract and enroll students from underrepresented populations.

Program Benefits

  • Advising about graduate admissions, research methods, and more
  • Professional development workshops
  • Simulated doctoral seminar with outstanding faculty
  • A behind-the-scenes look at Penn State's history graduate program
  • Exposure to a community of scholars committed to diversifying the academy

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen
  • Applicant must be a rising junior or senior in a degree-granting program at a U.S. college or university during the summer of 2020
  • Applicant must be from a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in the discipline of history or in the history graduate program at Penn State
  • Applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Applicant must have a strong interest in pursuing a PhD in history

How to Apply

  • Submit a letter of application stating your academic/career goals and research interests, an unofficial transcript, and two letters of recommendation to the
  • Complete the on-line application. 


2019 Emerging Scholars Summer Mentoring Program Participants

2019 Mentoring Participants