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.

Check out this quickstart guide (pdf) on how to get started in research and fellowships at Penn!


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 has three new Schwarzman Scholars
December 5, 2019
University of Pennsylvania senior Andrew Howard and alumnus Malik Abdul Majeed from The Wharton School, and master’s student Zinan Chen in the Graduate School of Education were chosen to receive the Schwarzman Scholarship, which funds a one-year master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Two Rhodes Scholars from Penn
November 24, 2019
Nurul Ezzaty Binti Hasbullah (COL '20) and Stephen Damianos (COL '19) have been named Penn's 29th and 30th Rhodes Scholars.
Welcome to the 2019-20 academic year!
August 23, 2019
Dear CURF Friends and Family: As the new Executive Director for CURF, I am delighted to welcome you home to Penn! I hope you all have had wonderful summers and are ready to embark on the wonders that await you in the 2019-20 academic year. We in CURF look forward to being your partners in navigating new and engaging opportunities to grow intellectually, civically, and socially this year. I hope to meet you all at our annual CURF Research Expo on September 11, from 5:00-6:30 pm in the Hall of Flags. The Expo features the summer research of over 300 Penn undergraduates who worked with faculty in all 12 Penn schools. I know that you have all been given advice from a myriad of sources on how to make the most of your college experience. Here, I will share my reflections about navigating four years at Penn. Enjoy!
Art and activism
July 24, 2019
Rising sophomore Srinidhi Ramakrishna is gaining marketing experience at Philadelphia nonprofit ArtWell through a Summer Humanities internship.
CURF Research Expo: September 11
July 23, 2019
On Wednesday, September 11 from 5:00-6:30pm in Houston Hall's Hall of Flags, join over 250 undergraduate researchers at our annual poster session! Click through for more information about this exciting upcoming event.

Upcoming Deadlines

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship
Application Deadline: December 10, 2019
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
Application Deadline: December 10, 2019
Monell’s Science Apprenticeship Program
Application Deadline: December 16, 2019
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Application Deadline: December 17, 2019
Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship
Application Deadline: January 1, 2020
Humanity in Action
Application Deadline: January 5, 2020
Humanity in Action Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 5, 2020
Coro Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 8, 2020
Ertegun Scholarship
Application Deadline: January 11, 2020