Grants

The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy offers a variety of grants for undergraduate, graduate and professional students. 

For questions regarding the grant application process, please contact grant manager Shaylonda Barton.

Consistent with the Center’s mission to support students committed to service to others, the Clough Center will provide grants ranging from $1,000–$3,000 to Boston College undergraduates for what would be otherwise uncompensated part-time or full-time work on behalf of government, non-profit, or other civic organizations during the summer of 2020. Grants will not be awarded for internships engaged in endorsing candidates for political office, or for Political Action Committees.

All recipients of a Civic Internship Grant will become Clough Center Junior Fellows for the 2020-21 academic year. As fellows, they will be expected to attend Junior Fellows Program meetings and events, and will also enjoy members-only events and discussions, providing a unique forum for intellectual discourse.

*Please note: It is mandatory for students to submit an offer letter.

Deadline: April 10

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Required Documents:

  • A statement describing the organization for which you will work, along with a brief summary of the work you will perform, including number of weeks and hours per week of the internship term (no more than 2 double-spaced pages)
  • A personal statement describing the reasons for your interest in the position and how it aligns with the Clough Center's mission (no more than 1 double-spaced page)
  • A copy of your resume
  • A copy of your academic transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • One academic letter of recommendation and the name and contact details of another faculty member familiar with your academic work and goals

The Clough Center invites applications from Boston College graduate students conducting research on any aspect of constitutional democracy to participate in its Graduate Fellow Program for the 2020-21 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. Clough Graduate Fellows receive a stipend of $5,000.  

Deadline: March 27   

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Required Documents:

  • A three-page description of your research project, including how it would be assisted by membership in the program (previously serving Fellows should indicate how their participation has benefitted their scholarship)
  • A writing sample of no more than 30 pages
  • An updated CV or resume
  • University transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • Two academic letters of recommendation

The Clough Center invites applications for appointment as a Clough Academic Law Fellow. These positions are open to Boston College Law Students of exceptional academic ability and accomplishment who are enrolled in any of the Law School’s degree programs. Incoming students in the JD and the LLM programs will be eligible for this award at the recommendation of the Admissions Committee or the Graduate Admissions Committee, as the case may be. All other law students should follow the application instructions in the Call for Application. Clough Law Fellows receive a stipend of $5,000.

Deadline: March 27 

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Required Documents:

  • Cover letter
  • An updated CV
  • A 1,000 word essay discussing the most interesting legal question that the applicant has encountered during her/his law studies
  • A copy of the academic transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • Writing sample of academic work (if available, but strongly preferred)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Consistent with the Center’s mission to support students committed to service to others, the Clough Center will provide grants of $5,000 to Boston College first and second-year law students for uncompensated public interest work, in the United States or abroad, during the summer of 2020.

Clough Public Interest grants cannot be held in conjunction with a Law School PILF grant. However, all positions that qualify for a PILF award through the Law School are eligible for this award with the exception of judicial internships, provided that the position allows the student to explore some relevant aspect of constitutional democracy.

Deadline: March 27 

Apply today

Required Documents:

  • A statement describing the organization for which you will work, along with a brief substantive statement of the nature of the work you will perform and how the position relates to the mission of the Clough Center. If ore than one interview is scheduled, please submit a short statement for each organization
  • A statement describing the reasons for your interest in the position
  • An updated CV or resume
  • A copy of your academic transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • One academic letter of recommendation and the name and contact details of another faculty member familiar with your academic work and goals

The Clough Center awards a limited number of ad hoc grants to faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students for travel to enable qualified scholars to undertake work related to the Center’s mission. Such work includes travel for attendance at conferences, research, and other relevant endeavors. The award of travel grants is subject to available financial resources.

The Clough Center is now accepting travel grant applications for AY20 - AY21.

Apply today

Required Documents:

  • Statement of purpose for travel, and how it relates to your work and to the Clough Center's mission (no more than 2 double-spaced pages)
  • Name and contact details of the faculty member willing to supervise/sponsor trip (only if a student)
  • A detailed budget statement outlining how the funds will be used
  • An updated CV or resume
  • Academic letter of recommendation (only if a student)
  • Academic transcript (only if a student, unofficial is acceptable)