Gelfman International Summer Fund

General Information

The Gelfman International Summer Fund has been established by Robert W. Gelfman (Wharton ’53) to create opportunities for personally enriching international research and/or service for students in the summer between their junior and senior year.

Past Projects Funded

Contact Information

Dr. Ann Vernon-Grey
anneliza@upenn.edu
Please call 215-746-6488 to schedule an appointment

Schwarzman Scholarship

Deadline: September 26 2019

Schwarzman Scholarship 

  • For US Citizens and citizens of all countries not listed above: September 26, 2019 (11:59pm US Eastern Daylight Time)
  • Application Deadline for citizens of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao: May 31, 2019

The Schwarzman Scholars Program is a highly selective international scholarship program designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role. The program will give selected scholars the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a fully-funded one-year Master's Degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University – one of China's most prestigious universities. Chinese language proficiency is NOT required.

In addition to demonstrating wide-ranging academic excellence, the successful candidate will have demonstrated initiative and leadership and a commitment to understanding and engaging with China professionally. Candidates should provide a clearly articulated reason for studying in China and a solid understanding of the role they hope to play as China continues to expand its influence in the world. Although there is no minimum GPA requirement for applicants, most successful candidates have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50.

http://schwarzmanscholars.org/

Please view the 3-minute video from three Schwarzman Scholars from Penn describing their Schwarzman experience.

A useful overview from the Schwarzman Scholars Program's Global Director of Admissions is available here.

Deadlines:

Penn’s Application Process

  • While the Schwarzman Scholars Program does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you. As permitted by the program, this can include:
    • Discussion of an applicant's preparation for the Schwarzman Scholars Program
    • Feedback on the content and organization of your resume
    • Feedback on your choice of recommenders
    • Draft review for your Schwarzman Scholars Program essays
    • Practice interviews for applicants selected as Finalists by the Schwarzman Scholars Program
  • Candidates must apply directly on the Schwarzman Scholarship website and ensure that their application and recommendations are uploaded to the Schwarzman Scholarship website by the Schwarzman application deadline (For US Citizens and citizens of all countries not eligible for Chinese citizenship: September 26, 2019, 11:59pm US Eastern Daylight Time)

 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Deadline: August 27 2019

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright Grants fund 8-12 months of international experience in over 140 countries. While Fulbright Grants are offered in various forms and are country-specific, most opportunities fall into three broad categories (note: not all grant types are available in all countries, and most countries offer more than one option):

  • Research grants, which offer applicants the opportunity to design their own project in any discipline
  • Study grants, which support applicants pursuing a graduate degree
  • English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs)

http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

Penn Campus Deadline: August 27, 2019

Final Penn Deadline: TBD, early October 2019

 

Penn’s Application Process

  • Interested candidates should submit this brief webform to request access to CURF's Canvas site for Fulbright applicants. 
  • Applicants must submit complete applications through Fulbright’s online application system by August 27, 2019 in order to meet Penn’s Internal Deadline.  Penn undergraduate and graduate students should apply through Penn, and utilize CURF advising and Penn’s Fulbright Faculty Committee (FFC).  Alumni are strongly encouraged to apply through Penn to access to CURF and FFC support, but have the option to apply At-Large. 
  • In September, applicants are matched with members of Penn’s Fulbright Faculty Committee, who provide feedback about application materials, conduct an interview, and draft a campus committee evaluation to be appended to the final application.  This process is designed to be supportive and educational, and applicants will have an opportunity to revise some elements of their application before final submission. Additional details are available here
  • If an applicant is unable to submit a complete application by August but still wants to apply through Penn, they may do so by meeting Penn's Final Deadline (TBD, early October 2019).  While an applicant who does not meet Penn’s Internal Deadline cannot participate in the campus process outlined above, applications deemed qualified will still be forwarded to Fulbright’s National Screening Committee with the rest of Penn’s applicants.
  • By the end of January, the Institute for International Education (IIE) will notify candidates of their status after a preliminary national screening.  Candidates recommended by the national screening panels have their applications forwarded abroad for further review. Ultimately, Fulbright recipients will be selected jointly by the US State Department and National Commissions, and are notified on a rolling basis by country, typically in March and April. 

 

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in South Asian Languages

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.

The FLAS Fellowship in South Asian Languages is for Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, and Urdu.

 

Penn’s Application Process

New as well as continuing undergraduate students are eligible for FLAS fellowships, which include $10,000 toward tuition and a stipend of $5,000 for the academic year. Students should submit complete applications using this link. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible.  Although strength of proposal is a principal consideration for evaluation, financial need is also a priority.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in East Asian Languages

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.

 

Penn’s Application Process

The deadline for FLAS (Foreign Language & Area Studies) awards has been extended for East Asian languages. Students need to be enrolled in a modern East Asian Language (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)and enrolled in a course that can count toward related area or international studies, or East Asia-related aspects of professional fields. This fellowship is for THIS ACADEMIC YEAR (fall 2019 and spring 2020).

The new application deadline will be March 1st, 2019 for undergraduate awards. New as well as continuing undergraduate students are eligible for FLAS fellowships, which include $10,000 toward tuition and a stipend of $5,000 for the academic year. Students should submit complete applications directly to CEAS using this link. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible.  Although strength of proposal is a principal consideration for evaluation, financial need is also a priority.

More details about FLAS awards, including frequently asked questions, can be found here: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/flas/.

Field Research Fellowship Program with American Center for Mongolian Studies

The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS), with funding support from the US State Department Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, invites applications for the eight year for the ACMS Field Research Fellowship Program.

Contact Information

For additional information and questions on the program and application process, please contact the ACMS using the phone or email contact: info@mongoliacenter.org.

Mongolia Field School Program

The first annual American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) interdisciplinary Mongolia Field School will be held from July 29-August 16, 2019 in Mongolia. The Field School is open to all participants, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and life-long learners interested in academic studies and research that explore Mongolia’s unique history, culture and contemporary issues.

Contact Information

For additional information and questions on the program and application process, please contact the ACMS using the phone or email contact: info@mongoliacenter.org.

Louis Schwartz and Elaine Friedman Schwartz Memorial Fund

The Jewish Studies Program at Penn is pleased to invite applications from Penn undergraduate and graduate students for research support for academic projects in or related to Jewish studies from the Louis Schwartz and Elaine Friedman Schwartz Memorial Fund. You can apply for funding to support travel, research material and other assistance related to the research or performance experience of the students.

Contact Information

Jewish Studies Program: jsp-info@sas.upenn.edu

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