Please note that CURF advisors remain available and are continuing to advise our undergraduate students about research and all students and alumni considering fellowships. In light of COVID-19, advising is currently occurring remotely. To make appointments with CURF staff, please visit the contact page.

Per the current instructions from the Provost, undergraduates can participate in in-person research in labs and other indoor campus spaces this spring semester after the quiet period ends (currently February 1st).  While these activities do not have to be credit-bearing or in fulfillment of degree requirements, undergraduate in-person research is subject to approval by the PI/lab head or other faculty supervisor and their department under applicable COVID density and PPE precautions and testing requirements as laid out in the University’s current research resumption plan. Access to labs will require participation in PennOpen Pass and strict adherence to safety protocols as outlined in the Student Campus Compact.

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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

2021 Graduating Senior Research Prizes
May 7, 2021
CURF would like to celebrate the recipients of the Rose, Yardley and Bodek Senior Prizes. These awards recognize graduating seniors who have completed remarkable works of scholarship under the supervision of a Penn faculty member. Congratulations to you all!
Sakshi Sehgal (COL '21) named Truman Scholar
April 15, 2021
University of Pennsylvania senior Sakshi Sehgal has received a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a merit-based award for graduate or professional school to prepare for a career in public service. Sehgal, from Atlanta, is among 62 Truman Scholars selected this year from 845 candidates nominated by 328 colleges and universities. She is the 30th Truman Scholar from Penn since the first awards in 1977.
Penn junior Chinaza Ruth Okonkwo named a Beinecke Scholar
April 9, 2021
Junior Chinaza Ruth Okonkwo has been awarded a 2021 Beinecke Scholarship to pursue a graduate education in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. A philosophy and history major, Okonkwo is one of only 16 Beinecke Scholars chosen this year from throughout the United States.
Three Goldwater Scholars for Penn
March 29, 2021
Three University of Pennsylvania undergraduates in the School of Arts & Sciences have received 2021 Goldwater Scholarships, awarded to sophomores or juniors planning research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Penn’s 2021 Goldwater Scholars are sophomore Emma Keeler from Rochester, Massachusetts; junior Michele Meline from Philadelphia; and junior Max Wragan from Washington, D.C.
Penn senior chosen as Gaither Junior Fellow
March 25, 2021
University of Pennsylvania senior Samuel Orloff has been named a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow, one of an estimated 12 in the country chosen for a one-year fellowship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.

Upcoming Deadlines

Penn IUR Fellows in Urban Leadership
Application Deadline: May 10, 2021
camra Fellows
Application Deadline: May 21, 2021
Project in Humanities, Urbanism, and Design
Application Deadline: May 31, 2021
Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellows
Application Deadline: May 31, 2021
Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows Program
Application Deadline: July 1, 2021
Rhodes Scholarship
Application Deadline: August 1, 2021
Marshall Scholarship
Application Deadline: August 1, 2021
Mitchell Scholarship
Application Deadline: August 1, 2021