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The SHEAR/Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Program, founded in 2005, is dedicated to providing talented, motivated undergraduate scholars the opportunity to pursue original primary source research in some of the finest archival collections relevant to early American history.

Ten highly competitive fellowships are awarded annually to rising seniors preparing to undertake thesis projects at liberal arts colleges. Undergraduate fellows receive stipends for for travel, housing and other living expenses for the duration of the seminar in Philadelphia as they complete two weeks of intensive seminar sessions in historiography and critique and individual archival research.

Students are welcomed into the community of historians at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and mentored by outstanding teacher-scholars dedicated to assisting undergraduate fellows achieve their scholarly potential.

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