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Arlen Specter Center for Public Service

The mission of the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service at Philadelphia University is to facilitate and promote public service and civic education in a cross-disciplinary, nonpartisan setting. The work of the Center will include programming inspired by Senator Specter’s long-term interests and accomplishments.  In collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, the Center will preserve, organize and provide access to Senator Specter’s historic archive of papers, photographs and political documents for the benefit of researchers and scholars and the public. 

The Specter Center hosts a variety of events including:



Research Fellowships:

The Arlen Specter Center of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia will be awarding two $5,000 competitive research fellowships.  Graduate students or post-graduate scholars in relevant areas, like political science, international studies, history, public policy, public administration, or public health are invited to apply. Application deadline:  October 31, 2017.

Visit the following link for details: Arlen Specter Center for Public Service Research Fellowship Announcement

See Jefferson Today article here.


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The home of the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service is in the historic Roxboro House at Philadelphia University, located in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.  Built circa the 1800s, the house was considered a historic and important touchstone to both Philadelphia and America's origins by Senator Specter, making it the ideal location for the Center. 

Roxboro House