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

Three Penn juniors named 2021 Udall Scholars
May 10, 2021
University of Pennsylvania juniors Marina Dauer, Benjamin May, and Jonathan Szeto, all in the College of Arts and Sciences, have been named 2021 Udall Scholars by the Udall Foundation. They are among 55 sophomores and juniors selected from 416 candidates nominated by 187 colleges and universities nationwide. Each is to be awarded as much as $7,000 and is recognized for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.
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!
Two Yenching Scholars for Penn
May 1, 2021
University of Pennsylvania senior Patrick Beyrer and 2020 graduate Brook Jiang have been selected as 2021 Yenching Scholars, with full funding to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree in China studies at the Yenching Academy of Peking University, in Beijing.
Penn senior named a 2021 Gates Cambridge Scholar
April 16, 2021
University of Pennsylvania senior Tathagat Bhatia has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in history and philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge in England.
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.

Upcoming Deadlines

camra Fellows
Application Deadline: May 21, 2021
Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellows
Application Deadline: May 31, 2021
Project in Humanities, Urbanism, and Design
Application Deadline: May 31, 2021
Seltzer Family Digital Media Awards
Application Deadline: June 1, 2021
Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows Program
Application Deadline: July 1, 2021
Marshall Scholarship
Application Deadline: August 1, 2021
Mitchell Scholarship
Application Deadline: August 1, 2021
Rhodes Scholarship
Application Deadline: August 1, 2021