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Prestigious Franklin Fellowship for NIU’s University Honors Students

The Tocqueville Forum, in partnership with University Honors, is pleased to introduce a new research fellowship, inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s life and work. The Tocqueville Forum, housed in the Political Science department, promotes the study of American democracy. With this new fellowship, we want to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to this question. Benjamin Franklin’s example helps us to see connections between the study of government, history, economics, science, literature, art, and other disciplines as connected to the theme American democratic ideas and practices.

The Franklin Fellow will take on a research project, and participate in a special small seminar on Alexander Hamilton in spring 2018. Fellows receive generous stipends, get to promote their work at URAD and on the Tocqueville Forum-sponsored online undergraduate journal, and are eligible to apply for funds to support their research. University Honors students are eligible to apply for this fellowship. If you are interested in applying for the Franklin Fellowship, please visit us or contact Andrea Radasanu, or Todd Gilson,

If you are a University Honors student majoring in Political Science, then please apply for one of the disciplinary Tocqueville Forum fellowships.

Applications are due November 17th, 2017, and the duties of the fellowship are carried out in spring 2018. Please deliver your applications to the University Honors office, attention Dr. Todd Gilson.

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Phone: 815-753-1011
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