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

Penn announces five 2021 Thouron Scholars
March 1, 2021
Four University of Pennsylvania seniors and a 2019 graduate have received a Thouron Award to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom.
2015 graduate Joyce Kim awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship
February 8, 2021
As Penn’s 32nd Gates Scholar since the program started in 2001, Kim will pursue a Ph.D. in sociology of education at the University of Cambridge.
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.

Upcoming Deadlines

College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant
Application Deadline: March 14, 2021
Class of 1971 Robert J. Holtz Fund
Application Deadline: March 14, 2021
Jumpstart for Juniors
Application Deadline: March 14, 2021
Gelfman International Summer Fund
Application Deadline: March 14, 2021
Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant
Application Deadline: March 14, 2021
Penn Undergraduate Sustainability Action Grant
Application Deadline: March 14, 2021
Hayden Scholars
Application Deadline: March 15, 2021
Hertog Foundation Summer Programs in Political Studies
Application Deadline: March 15, 2021
The Urban Studies Program Gordon Fellowship
Application Deadline: March 19, 2021