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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

Ethan Kallett (COL '22) named a 2022 Yenching Scholar
June 2, 2022
Ethan Kallett, a May graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, has been selected as a 2022 Yenching Scholar and awarded full funding to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree in China studies, with a concentration in economics and management, at the Yenching Academy of Peking University in Beijing. Kallett is one of the 125 chosen from 27 countries to enroll in the one-year program in September. Six scholars affiliated with Penn have been chosen since the program’s inception in 2015.
Penn junior Ha-Nam Yoon named a Udall Scholar
May 17, 2022
The University of Pennsylvania’s Ha-Nam Yoon, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named a 2022 Udall Scholar by the Udall Foundation.
Penn Fulbrighters for 2022-23
May 13, 2022
The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) wishes to heartily congratulate Penn students and alums who have been offered Fulbright grants for the 2022-2023 academic year. The awards are announced on a rolling basis, determined by the host country.
Two Penn affiliates named 2022 Soros Fellows
April 14, 2022
Rishi Goel, a second-year student in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and Kingson Lin, who graduated with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the School of Arts & Sciences in 2017, have each received a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, which provides graduate school funding for immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Goel and Lin are among the 30 chosen as 2022 Soros Fellows from more than 1,800 applicants. Each Fellow receives as much as $90,000 over two years.
Five Penn Juniors named Goldwater Scholars
March 25, 2022
Five University of Pennsylvania undergraduates have received 2022 Goldwater Scholarships, awarded to sophomores or juniors planning research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Penn’s 2022 Goldwater Scholars are juniors Joshua Chen from Palo Alto, California; Allison Chou from Taipei, Taiwan; Shriya Karam from Nolensville, Tennessee; Laila Barakat Norford from Wayne, Pennsylvania; and Andrew Sontag from Elkridge, Maryland.

Upcoming Deadlines

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Application Deadline: August 22, 2022
Google PhD Fellowship (Tentative Deadline)
Application Deadline: September 9, 2022
Schwarzman Scholarship
Application Deadline: September 20, 2022
Pickering Graduate Fellowship (Tentative Deadline)
Application Deadline: September 21, 2022
Luce Scholars
Application Deadline: October 1, 2022
Churchill Scholarship
Application Deadline: October 4, 2022
Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship (Tentative Deadline)
Application Deadline: October 7, 2022
DAAD German Academic Exchange Service (Tentative Deadline)
Application Deadline: October 11, 2022
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Application Deadline: October 12, 2022