The Arlen Specter Center offers competitive research fellowships to aid scholars in the pursuit of study and research in an area supported by the Arlen Specter Collection.

These fellowships highlight and raise awareness of the significant impact the late senator’s work had on American politics, criminal justice, healthcare policy and culture, thereby advancing the profile of the Center and University.

In addition to publishing their research, the fellows present their work at the Specter Center’s Roxboro House Roundtables and Knowledge Exchanges on the East Falls campus to bolster intellectual discourse and further advance the senator’s legacy.

Funding for the fellowships is provided by Shanin Specter, prominent Philadelphia trial attorney and son of Arlen Specter, and his wife, Tracey Specter.


Submissions from 2019


Safe Streets, Inc. : The 'Hustle' to End Black Gang Violence in Philadelphia, 1969-1976, Menika Dirkson


Efficacy of Clery Act Timely Warning and Emergency Notification Messages, Travis W. Douglas


Appropriations and Stem Cell Research Arlen Specter’s Senate Legacy, Sean Q. Kelly


“A Matter of Great Importance”: Interest Groups, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, Elizabeth A. Lane and Jessica A. Schoenherr