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Per the current instructions from the Provost, undergraduate research and fieldwork may resume. Travel, in-person meetings and use of general spaces will be based upon University and government guidance, as will appropriate social distancing, use of personal protection equipment (PPE), population density and cleaning protocols.

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The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

helps all Penn students deepen their academic experience through participating in research, applying for nationally competitive fellowships, or engaging intellectually within a cohort of scholars.

Undergraduate Research
Assist a faculty member or develop your own project, no matter your experience level or field of interest.  Discover CURF's many options for securing research positions with faculty and grants to support your own research.

Nationally Competitive Fellowships
Take your leadership, academic, professional, and community engagement expertise even further with opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad.  Fellowships are available from your first year through graduate school, and beyond.

Benjamin Franklin Scholars
Join a residential program of students from across all four undergraduate schools who share a passion for broad academic exploration. BFS Seminars are small, enabling close engagement with student peers as well as with faculty. Courses feature a diverse array of challenging topics which reward curiosity, stimulate research, and cultivate intellectual agility and independent thinking.

University Scholars
Connect with a community of intellectually-dynamic and research-curious students from across all four undergraduate schools. The UScholars program promotes long-term, in-depth, original, independent undergraduate research (defined broadly) while facilitating innovation, conversation, and collaboration among faculty and students across academic disciplines.

Presidential Prizes
Create tomorrow's solutions to today's challenges through civic engagement and innovation.


CURF's Mission:

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) supports all students as they pursue transformative experiences through fellowships, scholars programs, and undergraduate research. CURF promotes connections between faculty and students, encourages mentorship, and educates the Penn community about opportunities for all students and alumni.


Recent News

Two Penn seniors named 2022 Marshall Scholars
December 13, 2021
University of Pennsylvania seniors Kennedy Crowder and Chinaza Ruth Okonkwo have been named 2022 Marshall Scholars. Established by the British government, the Marshall Scholarship funds up to three years of study for a graduate degree in any field at an institution in the United Kingdom. Crowder and Okonkwo are among the 41 Marshall Scholars for 2022 representing 33 institutions in the United States, chosen from 1,000 applicants. The prestigious scholarship, meant to strengthen U.S.-U.K. relations, is offered to as many as 50 Americans each year.
Penn senior and two alumni named Schwarzman Scholars
December 6, 2021
A University of Pennsylvania senior and two 2019 graduates have received Schwarzman Scholarships, which fund a one-year master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Penn senior Max Wragan named George J. Mitchell Scholar
November 21, 2021
University of Pennsylvania senior Max Wragan has been selected as one of 12 in the nation to receive a George J. Mitchell Scholarship for graduate studies in Ireland. Sponsored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, the scholarship covers tuition and accommodations, as well as stipends for living expenses and travel, for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Two Penn seniors named 2022 Rhodes Scholars
November 21, 2021
Two University of Pennsylvania seniors have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships for graduate study at the University of Oxford. Penn’s 2022 Rhodes Scholars are Raveen Kariyawasam, from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Nicholas Thomas-Lewis, from Kimball, Nebraska. Kariyawasam is a double major in bioengineering with concentrations in computational medicine and medical devices in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and in the Wharton School with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship and innovation. Thomas-Lewis is a double major in cognitive science with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience, as well as health and societies with a concentration in public health, and a minor in neuroscience, in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Two Penn alumni named inaugural Samvid Scholars
October 25, 2021
Haley Morin and Debbie Rabinovich, who both graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019, have been chosen for the inaugural class of 20 Samvid Scholars. They were selected from more than 700 applicants for their academic and leadership achievements and demonstrated drive to make positive changes in society.

Upcoming Deadlines

Boren Graduate Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 17, 2022
Blossom Hill Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 17, 2022
Davis Projects for Peace
Application Deadline: January 18, 2022
Scoville Peace Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 21, 2022
Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM)
Application Deadline: January 21, 2022
Grants for Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research
Application Deadline: January 24, 2022
Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program
Application Deadline: January 29, 2022
Queen Elizabeth Scholarship
Application Deadline: January 30, 2022
CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP)
Application Deadline: January 31, 2022
Regeneron Prize
Application Deadline: January 31, 2022