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 (see the FAQ here), undergraduate students should pursue their research experiences online to the fullest extent possible. Undergraduate students who are involved in for-credit research experiences that are required for graduation and cannot be pursued online will be allowed in research labs on a limited basis, in accordance with the University’s 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 allow students to delve into a wide array of challenging topics.

University Scholars
Connect with a community of intellectually dynamic students making the most of their undergraduate years by participating in undergraduate research and scholarly events.

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

Penn senior and May graduate win 2021 Marshall Scholarships
December 7, 2020
University of Pennsylvania senior Annah Chollet and May graduate Yareqzy (Yary) Munoz have been named 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. Chollet and Munoz are among the 46 Marshall Scholars for 2021 representing 35 institutions in the United States, chosen from a record 1,180 applicants. The prestigious scholarship, meant to strengthen U.S.-U.K. relations, is offered to as many as 50 Americans each year.
Three Penn Seniors and one 2019 grad named 2020 Schwarzman Scholars
December 7, 2020
University of Pennsylvania seniors Cristina Pogorevici, Paulina Ruta, and Yixi (Cecilia) Wang and 2019 graduate Annie Sun have received the Schwarzman Scholarship, which funds a one-year master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Mackenzie Fierceton (COL '20, SP2) named a 2021 Rhodes Scholar
November 22, 2020
Mackenzie Fierceton, who completed her undergraduate degree in May and is now completing a master’s degree in social work at Penn, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.
Lana Prieur (COL '22, University Scholar) featured in Penn Today
November 9, 2020
The unusual circumstances brought on by COVID-19 forced Lana Prieur, a junior in the School of Arts & Sciences, to pivot her approach to research—and sparked new connections in the process.
Penn Fulbrighters for 2020-21
May 27, 2020
The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) wishes to heartily congratulate Penn students and alums who have been offered Fulbright grants for the 2020-2021 academic year. The awards are announced on a rolling basis, determined by the host country. This list is current as of May 27.

Upcoming Deadlines

Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM)
Application Deadline: January 22, 2021
Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program
Application Deadline: January 24, 2021
Grants for Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research
Application Deadline: January 24, 2021
Team Grants for Interdisciplinary Activities (TGIA)
Application Deadline: January 24, 2021
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program
Application Deadline: January 25, 2021
President's Innovation Prize
Application Deadline: January 29, 2021
President's Engagement Prizes
Application Deadline: January 29, 2021
Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program
Application Deadline: January 31, 2021