The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy is delighted to invite applications for the 2024-2025 Fellowship year. Applications are open to Boston College students for two Fellowship programs: 1) Clough Doctoral Fellowships and  2) Clough Research and Public Service Fellowships. Applications are also open to undergraduate and graduate students for 3) Clough Correspondent positions, which are available for Summer 2024, Fall 2024/Spring 2025, and/or both.

We are also interested in engaging Faculty Affiliates for our 2024-25 academic year; interested BC faculty members, please refer to the Faculty Affiliates tab.

Please note: All applicants, especially those pursuing Fellowship programs, are strongly encouraged to address the Clough Center’s annual theme in their application materials. The Center’s annual theme for 2024-25 is “Envisioning Democratic Futures.” For more information on the annual theme, please refer to the Annual Theme tab.

Doctoral Fellowships

The Clough Center invites applications from Boston College doctoral students with research interests pertaining to the past, present or future of constitutional democracies worldwide to participate in the Clough Center Doctoral Fellowship Program for the 2024-25 academic year.

The Center seeks to appoint Fellows from among graduate students in the Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology) and the Humanities (Classical Studies, English, History, Philosophy, Theology), as well as the other professional schools at Boston College. Fellows’ areas of research may include, but are not limited to, state/society relations; the relationship between political economy and democracy; practices and institutions of self-government; democratic norms and values; and the role of the media, arts, humanities, and/or religious traditions in democratic societies. For Academic Year 2024-25, the Center is also specifically interested in applicants whose work relates to the future and prospects of democracy in the U.S. and around the world. Doctoral students engaged in all stages of research are welcome to apply.

For the 2024-2025 academic year, the Doctoral Fellowship will include both incoming doctoral students and current Boston College graduate students. Clough Doctoral Fellows will attend a weekly seminar and contribute to the annual journal and spring symposium. Like all Fellows, they will be required to attend official Clough events, which is a condition of the Fellowship. Clough Doctoral Fellows will receive up to $6,000 in three installments.

Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024

Required Documents for Clough Doctoral Fellows:

  • A cover letter briefly laying out your research interests and describing how they align with the Clough Center's mission and annual theme. We recommend you articulate a new research question, related to the annual theme, that you hope to explore during your Fellowship year. Previously serving Fellows should also indicate how their participation has benefitted their scholarship (no more than 2 single-spaced pages, or 3 double-spaced pages).
  • An updated CV or resume
  • Graduate and/or undergraduate university transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • A more detailed description of your research agenda and interests (i.e. a research statement), including as much as is known about the dissertation project (no more than 5 double-spaced pages).
  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from your principal academic advisor
  • Writing sample of academic work (no more than 30 pages)


All documents must be submitted in PDF format and include name & document description in their title (ex: Noel Gilmour Personal Statement)


Research and Public Service Fellowships

The Clough Center will provide grants ranging from $1,500–$4,000 to Boston College undergraduate, graduate, and Law students engaged in research or public service that aligns with the Center’s mission to study and advance constitutional democracy. For Academic Year 2024-25, the Center is also specifically interested in applicants whose work touches on issues related to “Envisioning Democratic Futures,” as described further on the annual theme page. Grants may be sought to support both summer research and internships, and/or research or public service projects undertaken during the academic year.

All Clough Research and Public Service Fellows will be required to attend monthly Clough meetings and events. Interested students may apply to be either Research Fellows or Public Service Fellows, but not both. Students applying to this Fellowship may not apply to the Doctoral Fellowship.  Students unsure of whether their proposed research or public service falls within the Center’s field of interest are encouraged to inquire.

Clough Correspondents

Clough Correspondents are paid undergraduate or graduate student fellows who conduct research and provide administrative and/or creative support for the center’s projects, publications, and programming. Undergraduate correspondents are paid $15/hour, graduate correspondents at $20/hour. Applicants may apply for either Summer 2024 (up to 40 hours/week), the Fall 2024-Spring 2025 academic year (up to 20 hours/week), or both.

Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024

Required Documents for Clough Correspondents:

  •  A cover letter describing the reasons for your interest in the position and how your interests align with the Clough Center's mission and/or annual theme.
    • Please also discuss any relevant experience with writing, graphics, layout or web design and indicate whether you are available for 10, 20, 30 or 40 hours/week (summer only) (no more than 1 single-spaced page, or 2 double-spaced pages).
  • An updated CV or resume
  • University transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • One academic letter of recommendation and the name and contact details of another faculty member familiar with your academic work and goals.
  •  Writing sample of academic work (no more than 20 pages)


Clough Faculty Affiliates

Every year, the Clough Center invites a number of Boston College faculty members from across university schools and departments to participate more fully in the life of the Center as Faculty Affiliates. Faculty Affiliates enjoy invitations to all of the Center’s public and private events, including its Doctoral Seminars. They are also eligible to receive targeted funding from the center to support their research objectives. Finally, Faculty Affiliates are invited to participate in the shaping of the Center’s annual program, at whatever level of engagement interests them.

All faculty whose work touches on the Center’s annual theme (Envisioning Democratic Futures”) are invited, and encouraged, to inquire about joining the Center as a Faculty Affiliate in the 2024-25 academic year. For further information, and/or to communicate your interest, please write to us directly at clough.center@bc.edu.

Clough Visiting Fellows

The Clough Center is not currently accepting applications for the Visiting Fellowship. Interested applicants, please check back later in the spring.

Annual Theme

Envisioning Democratic Futures

The Clough Center will be dedicating its 2024-25 program year to the theme of “Envisioning Democratic Futures.”

At a historical juncture when many analysts deem democracy to be endangered in the U.S. and around the world, yet much remains uncertain, what might the future of democracy look like? To explore this theme, the Clough Center invites applications from students interested in any aspect of the future of democracy. Students’ work may focus on the future of democracy in a particular country, region, or continent, or from a global perspective. Multiple disciplinary angles and research foci (from democratic governance mechanisms and institutions to democratic cultural norms and artistic practices) are welcome. Finally, explorations of democracy’s past are also welcome, provided the past is engaged as a resource for envisioning democratic futures today.

If you have any questions about the Center’s annual theme, and how well your proposed project might fit, please feel free to contact us directly at clough.center@bc.edu.