OZY Genius Awards (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: April 30 2022

The OZY Genius Awards program invites all current undergraduates (including graduating seniors) to apply for the this award, which provides $10,000 for summer projects that have the potential to create real change in any field.

For details see the award guidelines and the application form.

If you have additional questions, please contact Genius@OZY.com

Interested applicants are encouraged to register for and attend OZY's upcoming session entitled  'Design Your Own Genius Idea', a one-hour virtual event, which is likely to occur in Spring 2022 (date and time TBD). 

Application deadline:  April 30, 2022, 11:59pm Pacific US Time (TENTATIVE)

Hertog Foundation Summer Programs in Political Studies (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: March 15 2022

The Hertog Foundation offers current undergraduates and recent graduates two summer seminar programs on political thought, publicy policy, and foreign affairs:

  • A five-week Summer Residential Political Studies Program in July and August explores the theory and practice of politics in an intensive seminar setting. In addition to free tuition for the program, participants receive a $2,500 stipend and housing. A mandatory quarantine period with virtual activities is required for all fellows. Fellows will take morning and afternoon seminars on a wide variety of subjects, from political philosophy to economics, and foreign policy. Up to 18 fellows will be selected.
  • Virtual Summer Courses offers a similar seminar experience over one week or several weeks with the flexibility of online education. In addition to free tuition, participants receive course materials and a stipend. Up to 150 fellows will be selected.

To learn more Register for an upcoming Hertog Open House.

Deadline: March 15, 2022 (TENTATIVE) (Early-decision deadline February 19)

hertogfoundation.org

Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant

Deadline: March 13 2022

Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant

The Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant has been established to provide support to students who are undertaking innovative social impact projects with potential for real-world outcomes. While priority will be given to projects addressing domestic social challenges (based in the United States), projects focused on international issues will also be considered. Grants will be awarded up to $5,000 depending on the needs of the project.

Full-time, regularly enrolled 1st year, 2nd year, and junior undergraduates in good standing at the University of Pennsylvania's College of Arts & Sciences are eligible to apply. International students are welcome to apply but must be eligible to work in the US to receive funding. Recipients are expected to return to Penn to share their experiences with other students and to contribute to an entrepreneurial culture of service at Penn and in the larger world.

Penn Deadline: March 13, 2022

Application Process

To apply for the Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant, a student (or team of students) must complete the following steps by Penn’s Deadline of March 13, 2022.

The following documents must be submitted as a single PDF via Penn’s Request for Nomination application form (save each document as a pdf, then create a single pdf by navigating to Acrobat’s “File -> Create -> Combine Files into a Single PDF” feature). If you do not receive an email confirming your submission within 4 hours, please IMMEDIATELY email aolson@upenn.edu to make sure CURF has received your submission.

  • Short abstract (~100 words): On a separate page, explain the overall goals of the project
  • Proposal (2 pages): Use the following as suggested areas to cover rather than required categories:
    • Background: Evaluate existing knowledge and work in the area and briefly summarize/justify the proposed project’s potential contribution
    • Objectives: State the objectives and relevance of the proposed work in terms intelligible to an educated non-specialist
    • Project Design: Describe the procedures/actions to be employed and provide a timetable and implementation plan for completion of the project
    • Predicted Outcomes/Future Plans/Statement of Impact or Importance: Discuss the potential results to be generated from the submitted project, proposed next steps, and a statement of lessons to be learned from the undertaking
    • Preparation & Motivation: Describe how this project fits with BOTH your current academic, personal, and career interests/goals AND your future plans
  • Budget (Itemized and Total Overall): On a separate page list and justify each budget item in order of priority, including the total amount needed to complete the project. Here is an Excel template to guide your budget creation.
    • These funds may be used to support the student while undertaking the proposed project AND to offset reasonable project costs 
    • Types of allowable expenses include travel to project site, living expenses that would enable the student to participate in the project, programming support, materials and supplies, etc.
    • Reimbursement of living expenses may be taxable. Software and capital equipment are almost never funded. Items that cost $500 or more with a useful life of one year or more must be purchased with a University purchase requisition and will remain the property of the University. 
    • If funds are being sought from other sources, state the source and potential amount of such funding.
  • Additionally, each application must by supported by two letters – one letter of support from a Penn mentor (faculty or staff), and one letter of support from a proposed project affiliate in the host community. Once you have arranged for these letters, fill out a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each so that they can be submitted directly to CURF. These letters must also be received by Penn’s Deadline of March 13, 2022.
    • One letter of support should come from a Penn mentor (faculty or staff) and should discuss the project’s feasibility and the adequacy of the applicant’s/applicants’ preparation to complete it. It should also outline ways in which the applicant (or team of applicants) will be mentored over the course of the project and beyond.
    • One letter of support should come from a proposed project affiliate in the host community and should acknowledge that you have been in contact with local partners, that your project is welcome, and that you will have access to necessary materials and support while on location.

 

Procedures for Receiving Funding and Expectations for Grant Recipients:

Funds will not be disbursed until students review CURF’s information on Ethics and Compliance and complete and submit all necessary forms. All CURF-funded students must complete a Waiver of Liability. Once the award has been made and the Waiver of Liability has been submitted, recipients will be given instructions on how to access these funds.

Undergraduates receiving this funding are expected to (1) present a poster at a designated CURF event, (2) submit a website summary and photograph, and (3) provide a detailed report for the Hassenfeld Foundation.  The website summary should be suitable for posting on CURF’s website and will describe the project’s goals and content, what the student learned through the experience and how participating in this project contributed to the educational experience. The Foundation report should include the above and also detail the specific work (rather than the theoretical contribution) of the project and the potential for real-world outcomes and significant social impact that the project offers.


Blossom Hill Fellowship (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: January 14 2022

The Blossom Hill Fellowship funds innovative ideas to help children and youth anywhere in the world affected by conflict in the Middle East. The fellowship's goal is to encourage individuals to develop innovative and solution-focused initiatives that create opportunity for conflict-affected children and help to break the cycle of violence that plagues their communities.

The fellowship provides $50,000 to fund innovative projects. One or two applicants may apply to manage the project. Grants are potentially renewable for a second year.

For more information, see https://blossomhill-foundation.org/fellowshipapplication/

Deadline: January 14, 2022 (TENTATIVE) (two-minute pitch video due, additional application materials due after pitch video is approved by the foundation)

 

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

Deadline: December 1 2021

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

The SMART scholarship program was established by the Department of Defense (DoD) and provides tuition support to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Awardees are assigned to a DoD laboratory where he/she will be expected to serve as a summer intern and complete a period of post-graduation employment service as a DoD civilian.

SMART Scholarship Information and Eligibility 

Deadline: December 1, 2021, 5:00pm Eastern US Time - Application opens in August 2021

 

Penn’s Application Process

  • While the SMART Fellowship does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.

 

Critical Language Scholarship

Deadline: November 16 2021

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

http://clscholarship.org/

Deadline: November 16, 2021 (by 8:00pm EST)

 

Penn’s Application Process

  • While the Critical Language Scholarship does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to interested graduate students.  Undergraduate students are encouraged to contact Kristyn Palmiotto in Penn Abroad (krpalm@upenn.edu). 

 

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: December 10 2021

Boren Scholarship

Under the auspices of the National Security Education Program, the Boren Scholarship supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security.  These US government grants entail a service obligation.

http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html

Penn Deadline: December 10, 2021

 

Penn’s Application Process

  • To be competitive, applicants should meet with the Boren Scholarship advisor in Penn Abroad during the fall semester. Additional details about the application process are available through Penn Abroad.

 

 

Fulbright Summer Institutes (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: February 11 2022

Fulbright Summer Institutes

These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete to come to the UK on a fully-funded three-to-four week program.  Students will take part in cultural events, research, collaboration, and presentations at an esteemed British University.  Each Summer Institute will cover a different theme.  To be eligible, applicants must have at least a 3.70 GPA.

http://www.fulbright.org.uk/fulbright-awards/exchanges-to-the-uk/undergraduates

Deadline: February 11, 2022 (TENTATIVE)

* FULBRIGHT SUMMER INSTITUTES WILL NOT RUN IN 2021* 

 

Penn’s Application Process

  • While the Fulbright Summer Institutes do not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.

 

Davis Projects for Peace

Deadline: January 18 2022

Davis Projects for Peace

The Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace program invites undergraduates (including graduating seniors) to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer, anywhere in the world. The projects judged to be the most promising and valuable will be funded at $10,000 each. The program aims to encourage student initiative, innovation, and entrepreneurship, focusing on conflict prevention, resolution, or reconciliation.

http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org

Penn Deadline: January 18, 2022

 

Penn’s Application Process

The Davis Projects for Peace program accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To apply to be one of Penn’s nominees, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of January 18, 2022.

  • To apply, a student (or group of students) must prepare a written statement (not to exceed two pages) that describes the project (who, what, where, how), as well as a budget (one separate page - a Budget Template and Instructions are available here).  You will find numerous examples of funded proposals on the Davis Projects for Peace website here. Proposals require a heading which includes the following information: name of the participating institution (University of Pennsylvania), name of all student participants, title of project, dates of the project, country where the project will be performed.
  • Complete Penn’s Request for Nomination application form.  Here, you will upload a single PDF which combines your written statement and budget (save each document as a pdf, then create a single pdf by navigating to Acrobat's "File -> Create -> Combine Files into a Single PDF” feature).  If you do not receive an email confirming your submission within 4 hours, please IMMEDIATELY email aolson@upenn.edu to make sure CURF has received your submission.
  • Additionally, each application must be supported by two letters - one letter of support from a Penn mentor (faculty or staff), and one letter of support from a proposed project affiliate in the host community. Once you have arranged for these letters, fill out a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each so that they can be submitted directly to CURF. These letters must also be received by Penn's Deadline of January 18, 2022.
    • The letter of support from a Penn mentor (faculty or staff) should discuss the proposed project's feasibility and the adequacy of the applicant's/applicants' preparation to complete it. It should also outline ways in which the applicant (or team of applicants) would be mentored over the course of the project and beyond.
    • The letter of support from a proposed project affiliate in the host community should acknowledge that you have been in contact with local partners, that your project is welcome, and that you will have access to necessary support while on location. 
  • Nominated students will receive further instructions.