Below and attached are several undergraduate grant opportunities with upcoming deadlines. More information and additional grants may be found on our website at: https://www.curf.upenn.edu/research/funding-opportunities
March 8 Mazzatenta Award – summer research/internship for rising Junior and Senior Women (COL only)
March 9 Hassenfeld Social Impact Grant – support for social impact undertakings (COL only)
March 9 College Alumni Society Research Grant – general to any field (COL only)
March 9 Class of 1971 Holtz Grant – general to any field (primarily for non-College students)
March 9 Penn Undergraduate Sustainability Action Grants – students from any school involved in ANY area of sustainability research
March 9 Jumpstart for Juniors: juniors from any school—new to research OR continuing project
March 9 Gelfman International Summer Fund – Juniors from any school for research abroad
March 29 Senior Thesis Prizes (1) Bodek Prize: https://www.curf.upenn.edu/content/bodek-prize
(2) Rose Award https://www.curf.upenn.edu/content/rose-award
(3) Yardley Prize https://www.curf.upenn.edu/content/joseph-warner-yardley-prize
As part of that we’ll be hosting the Truman Scholarship Foundation’s Tara Yglesias (she’s giving the scheduled talk on Leadership and Public Service), and while she is on campus she has agreed to offer a Truman Scholarship Information Session as well! That will be on Friday, November 22 at 2pm in the ARCH Fireside Lounge.
The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding toward graduate school for “change agents” who will pursue public service careers - recipients may apply the funding toward graduate study in fields like Public Policy, Public Health, Social Work, Education, International Affairs, Law, and related areas.
Only juniors (who are US citizens) are eligible to apply for the Truman Scholarship, and Penn’s internal deadline is coming up on December 1st - as such, this particular session may be most valuable for first-year students and sophomores as they consider applying in the future.
Please consider sharing this upcoming Truman Scholarship information session with your students, and I hope that we will see many of them throughout the week!
Fellowships Lunch and PanelFeaturing Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Gates, Schwarzman, and Beinecke Scholars
Monday, October 14, 12-1:30 PM
Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk
Join us for lunch to meet recent recipients of some of the most prestigious fellowships in the world, and learn how their journeys began and what they gained from their experience. Panelists include:
Please register for this event here
Undergraduate Research Grants
Fall funding cycle deadline: October 20, 2019
The University of Pennsylvania considers research experience integral to an undergraduate student’s education. All Penn students are eligible to apply for the Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant. Students in the College should apply for the College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant.
CURF will be hosting a grant writing workshop on Friday, October 4 at 2pm in the Fireside Lounge of the ARCH Building.
Seniors! The Fall funding cycle is your last chance to apply for CURF funding—you can use it to support your thesis research.
Research in any field is eligible for support. Grant funds can be used to offset research-associated expenses.
For more information and to apply please visit our website or call the CURF office at 215-746-6488 to arrange for an appointment to speak further about the application process.
The Beinecke Scholarship provides scholarships for juniors who are eligible for need-based financial aid and are planning to pursue graduate study in the humanities, social sciences, or the arts (Applications due to CURF by December 1st). Each scholar receives $34,000 in total support for graduate study: $4,000 upon completion of their undergraduate studies, and a total additional $30,000 for support of graduate study. This is in addition to any support recipients receive from their graduate institution.
The Director of the Beinecke Scholarship will be visiting Penn and offering an Information Session for eligible students this Monday afternoon, September 23, at 4:00pm in the Fireside Lounge on the 2nd floor of the ARCH Building (3601 Locust Walk)
Events held in the Fireside Lounge, 2nd floor of the ARCH Building, 3601 Locust Walk
Friday, September 27, 4:00pm
Meet Penn Truman Scholars and learn about the Truman Scholarship!
The Truman Scholarship awards merit-based scholarships supporting graduate study to “change agents” who plan to pursue public service careers. Students apply for the Truman Scholarship during the fall of their junior year. Learn about the Truman Scholarship application process from CURF's Truman advisor and 2019 Truman Scholars Louis Lin (COL ’20) and Ángel Ortiz-Siberón (COL ’20).
Friday, October 4, 4:00pm
Meet Penn Goldwater Scholars and learn about the Truman Scholarship!
Penn's four 2019 Goldwater Scholarship recipients – Chloe Cho (SEAS '21), Lauren Duhamel (SEAS '20), Srinivas Mandyam (COL '20), and Abigail Poteshman (COL '20) – will share their experiences and advice on applying for the Goldwater Scholarship as a sophomore or junior for future STEM researchers.
Friday, November 1, 3:00pm
Meet Penn Truman Scholars and learn how to build a strong case for the Truman Scholarship!
Join 2019 Truman Scholars Ángel Ortiz-Siberón (COL ’20) and Louis Lin (COL ’20) for an informative discussion about the Truman application and their experiences as Truman Scholars.
Upcoming Grant & Fellowships Events
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) Essay Workshops
Tuesday 9/10, Wednesday 9/11, or Thursday 9/12, 5-7pm
Graduate Student Center #305, 3615 Locust Walk
In this workshop, graduate students will learn about the NSF GRFP personal statement and broader impacts expectations. Students will leave knowing what NSF is looking for and how to talk about their experiences in a way that highlights those characteristics in themselves. While this session will focus on those in the Natural and Physical Sciences, students from Social Sciences are also welcome to attend. Co-sponsored by the SAS Science Outreach Initiative, Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF), and Graduate Student Center. Please register for just ONE session atwww.gsc.upenn.edu/events.
PhD Grant Programs Information Session
Wednesday, September 11, 12:00-1:30 PM
ARCH Building, 3601 Locust Walk, Fireside Lounge (2nd Floor)
The University administers four grant programs for full time PhD students to help offset the cost of childcare and family expenses, and health insurance for dependents, dental insurance, and health insurance for students beyond funding years. Learn more about these grants and speak with representatives of the Office of the Provost, Family Center, and Graduate Center, who administer the programs. Lunch will be served. Please register in advance at www.gsc.upenn.edu/events
Coffee & Conversation with CURF
Friday, September 13, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Arch Building, Fireside Lounge (2nd Floor)
Don’t let the name mislead you - - Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, or CURF, works with graduate & professional students applying for nationally competitive fellowships!
CURF invites students in all Penn’s graduate schools to join us for coffee and conversation about applying for graduate fellowships at Penn. CURF will hold an open forum, complete with coffee, bagels, and assorted spreads. We’ll briefly discuss several fellowships that are particularly relevant to grad students (and that require institutional support). We’ll then open the conversation to invite questions about fellowship opportunities and the ways CURF and other campus resources can help you identify and apply for these opportunities. Please register at www.gsc.upenn.edu/events
PD Soros Fellowship for New Americans Information Session with PD Soros foundation representative Nikka Landau
Monday, September 16, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
ARCH Building, Fireside Lounge (#200), 3601 Locust Walk
Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) invites all graduate and professional school students (including Master's and PhD students) to an information session with a representative from The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, which honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, the program invests in the graduate education of 30 New Americans — immigrants and children of immigrants — who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture, or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows. Eligibility requirements at https://www.pdsoros.org/apply/eligibility. To ensure we have a large enough venue, if you plan to attend please register using this form.
The following opportunities are currently accepting applications. For additional information about applying for graduate fellowships at Penn and to see additional opportunities, visit CURF Resources for Graduate Students and Grad Center Grants & Fellowshipswebpages.
Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
Deadline for 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Interdisciplinary Meeting: September 11
Deadline for the 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences: October 14
Once every year, around 30-40 Nobel Laureates convene in Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists: 600 undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world. Participants need to be below 35 years of age, should have an excellent academic track record and at least one letter of recommendation, need to speak English fluently, and may not have participated before.
Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program
Deadline: October 3
Provides individual fellowships to doctoral students at the dissertation stage and to scholars engaged in postdoctoral work. Both programs support research related to education and are administered by the National Academy of Education (NAEd).
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities
Deadline: October 15
The Wolf Humanities Center awards five (5) Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships each academic year. Awards carry a competitive, full-time stipend as well as other benefits. Scholars spend one year in residence at Penn and teach one undergraduate course in addition to conducting independent research. Annual calls for applications open in late spring.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Deadlines: October 21-25, by field
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM and social science disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.
Google PhD Fellowship
University Nomination Deadline: November 1
Recognizes outstanding graduate students conducting research in computer science and related fields. Open to current PhD students who will have completed two years and have at least two years remaining in their program in Fall 2020.
PD Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Deadline: November 1
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship supports New Americans (immigrants or the children of immigrants), who are pursuing a graduate degree in any field in the United States. The Fellowship provides up to $25,000 in stipend support, as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for two years, for a total of up to $90,000 in student support.
Social Science Research Council (SSRC) International Dissertation Research Fellowship
Deadline: November 5
Supports up to 12 months of support to PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $21,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
Deadline: November 19
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded, 7-10 week group-based intensive summer language institutes for U.S. citizen Master ’s and Ph.D. students. Institutes are currently offered in in fourteen languages including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Turkish, Hindi, and Urdu, at locations where the target language is widely-spoken.
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship
University Nomination Deadline: December 2
Provides full tuition plus a stipend of $18,000/year to support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study. To be eligible, you must: be a U.S. citizen; demonstrate a need for financial assistance, and be pursuing a graduate degree in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences, including formal professional degrees.
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships
Deadline: December 6
Highly-competitive, 1-3 year fellowships awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of their fifteen prioritized disciplines in science and engineering. Fellows receive full tuition & fees, a monthly stipend, and medical insurance allowance.
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
Deadline: December 10
Support the final year of dissertation writing and defense for individuals completing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Fellows have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Deadline: December 17
Predoctoral fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Fellows have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
University Endorsement Required.
Campus Endorsement Deadline: January 13, 2020
Provides grants of up to $24,000 for 3-12 months of research and language study abroad, plus up to $12,000 for domestic language study prior to departure. Awards granted with preference for countries, languages, duration, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security. U.S. citizens only.