The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy is delighted to invite applications for the 2022-2023 Fellowship year. Applications are open to Boston College students for two Fellowship programs: 1) Clough Research and Public Service Fellowships and 2) Clough Doctoral Fellowships. Several new undergraduate research positions as Clough Correspondents for Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 are also open for application. This call expands the categories of eligible students who may apply for public service fellowships to include undergraduates, law students and PhD candidates. 


The Clough Center will provide summer 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. All grant recipients will become Clough Center Research and Public Service Fellows for the 2022-23 academic year. As Fellows, they will be expected to attend program meetings and events, and will also enjoy Fellows-only events and discussions, providing a unique forum for intellectual discourse.

Interested undergraduate and graduate students may apply to be either Research Fellows or Public Service Fellows. Interested Law students may apply to be Public Service Fellows. An individual student may not apply to be both a Research and a Public Service Fellow within the same program year.

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 2022-23 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.

Clough Doctoral Fellows attend a weekly seminar and receive a stipend of $7,500 in three installments, beginning September 2022. Graduate students engaged in all stages of research are welcome to apply, including current Clough Graduate Fellows. Incoming PhD students may be nominated for a Fellowship by their department at time of admission to Boston College. Please note: For the 2022-2023 application cycle, doctoral students applying to the Doctoral Fellowship may also apply to be Clough Research Fellows during the summer of 2022.

Deadline: Monday, April 18, 2022

Required Documents for Clough Doctoral Fellows:

  • A cover letter briefly laying out your research interests and how they align with the Clough Center's mission. Previously serving Fellows should indicate how their participation has benefitted their scholarship (no more than 1 single-spaced page, or 2 double-spaced pages).
  • An updated CV or resume
  • Graduate and 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).
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (including one from principal academic advisor)
  • Writing sample of academic work (no more than 30 pages)
  • A short statement describing one or two points that you think the general public would benefit from knowing about your research (no more than 2 double-spaced pages).

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


Clough Correspondents are paid undergraduate research fellows who report on events and publications about democratic politics and societies for the Center’s website and newsletter. They will also conduct research for an online project studying religion and democracy. Fellows are paid $15/hour and may apply for either Summer 2022 (up to 40 hours/week, June 1-Aug. 15) or Fall 2022 (up to 20 hours/week, August 29 – Dec. 15). Applicants may also submit a proposal for the Clough Research and Public Service Fellowship, and in certain cases may be awarded both. Summer Correspondents may be renewed for the Fall semester, and Fall Correspondents may be renewed for the Spring.


Deadline: Monday, April 11, 2022

  • A cover letter describing the reasons for your interest in the position and how your interests align with the Clough Center's mission. 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)
  • Choose an online event or town hall meeting that was recently recorded at the National Endowment for Democracy or the National Constitution Center and write a lively, 600-word report about the hour-long discussion.