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. Kerry Milch, Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
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Schedule an appointment with Dr. Milch

Dr. Ann Vernon-Grey, Senior Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
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Schedule an appointment with Dr. Vernon-Grey

Rhodes Scholarship

Deadline: August 1 2022

Please review our updated step-by-step guide and timeline for Penn's 2022 Rhodes application process!

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship offers scholarships to citizens of any country. Applicants who are not eligible to apply through a specific Rhodes constituency must follow the procedure below under "Special Note for Global, Multi-jurisdictional, or Inter-jurisdictional candidates." Information on eligibility and the specific application process and requirements for Rhodes jurisdictions can be found on the Rhodes Trust website. Potential Penn applicants are invited to learn more about the application process by enrolling in the CURF Fellowship Resources canvas site, attending a Fellowships Explained virtual session, and scheduling an appointment with Dr. Wallace Genser.

Rhodes Scholarships are awarded for two or more years of study at Oxford University (two years is the minimum, and recipients may apply for a third year of funding to support doctoral studies). The Rhodes Scholarship pays all tuition and fees, in addition to a personal allowance for living expenses. Potential applicants should consult with CURF and their mentors to identify appropriate graduate programs at Oxford that meet the Rhodes Scholarship's Terms and Conditions.

In addition to demonstrating wide-ranging academic excellence and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.70, the most successful candidates have demonstrated initiative and commitment to larger issues such as service, research, and engagement in efforts to serve humanity both on and beyond campus. During the spring and summer before applying applicants explore Oxford graduate degree programs so that at the time of application they have a clearly articulated reason for studying at Oxford. The key Rhodes qualities are:

  • academic excellence through a cumulative GPA of at least 3.70
  • mastery in a skill or area that normally involves teamwork (such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, artistic pursuits, or other endeavors)
  • unselfishness and a demonstrated commitment to helping the less fortunate
  • the moral character required to become a leader in your field

To learn more from Penn's recent Rhodes Scholars:

Rhodes Trust website

2022 applicants who wish to commence graduate study in Fall 2023 should enroll in the CURF Fellowship Resources canvas site, complete Penn's Spring Consultations form, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Wallace Genser. Applicants are encourage to complete these steps as soon as possible, ideally no later than May 31, 2022 (Potential applicants MAY express initial interest AFTER May 31, but we strongly recommend applicants inform CURF of their potential interest as soon as possible). See details at Endorsement Process for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships

Penn Application Deadline for applicants eligible to apply from Canada and the US (including US Permanent Residents): August 1, 2022, 4:00pm. (All other applicants must meet their home country's deadline available on the Rhodes Trust website.

    Penn’s Application Process for applicants OTHER than Global Rhodes applicants, including applicants from the US or Canada

    The Rhodes Scholarship accepts nominations from institutions – students and alumni may not apply independently. To apply for Penn’s endorsement, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of August 1, 2022, 4:00pm.

    • Candidates should indicate their intent to apply for endorsement for the Rhodes Scholarship (as well as the Marshall Scholarship and/or Mitchell Scholarship, if relevant) as soon as possible by completing the Penn's Spring Consultations form.  Candidates will then be assigned a Fellowship Advisor who will help the candidate clarify goals, values, and purposes, assist with application details, and draft the university's endorsement letter. Candidates requesting endorsement after July 1 must contact Dr. Wallace Genser at genser@upenn.edu to request consideration for University of Pennsylvania endorsement
    • As soon as you have arranged for letters of recommendation for the Rhodes Scholarship, begin working on your CURF Rhodes Application. If you are also applying for the Marshall Scholarship (which US applicants are strongly encouraged to do), separate requests must be submitted for each award.  At this point, DO NOT request letters of recommendation through the Rhodes application system. Letters of recommendations must be submitted to CURF via the webform no later than 4:00pm on August 1, 2022
    • Complete Penn's Internal Rhodes application form, including the upload of your personal statement, list of principal activities and honors in college, unofficial transcript from Penn InTouch (and other institutions, if relevant), a high quality digital photograph of yourself (one that would be appropriate for a passport), and evidence of nationality.  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. Submission is due by 4:00pm on August 1, 2022
    • Following Penn’s internal deadline, candidate materials are reviewed by the University of Pennsylvania’s Faculty Review Committee, which is comprised of Penn faculty who have been awarded prestigious scholarships and are actively engaged in promoting Penn’s academic mission.  The Committee will select candidates to interview for consideration for Penn endorsement
    • Candidates selected for endorsement for the Rhodes Scholarship will receive further instructions

    Special Note to 2022 Global Rhodes Scholarship applicants (or applicants who may qualify as "Multi-jurisdictional" or "Inter-jurisdictional" candidates) who are not eligible to apply through the US, Canada, or other existing Rhodes constituencies:

    1. Please submit Penn's Penn's Spring Consultations form as soon as possible.
    2. Global, multi-jurisdictional, and inter-jurisdictional applicants should log on to the Rhodes Global application, complete the preliminary eligibility page, identify your Penn nominator as Dr. Wallace Genser, genser@upenn.edu, and click the "INVITE NOMINATOR" button within the Global Rhodes application system. At this point you should NOT complete the application and you should NOT register your referees on the Global Rhodes application system (you will need to both later if you are nominated by Penn)
    3. INSTEAD, Global, multi-jurisdictional, and inter-jurisdictional applicants must submit their entire Rhodes application (including recommendations) via Penn's Internal Rhodes application form no later than June 30, 2022 (to commence study at Oxford in Fall 2023) in order to be considered as one of Penn's nominees

    Mitchell Scholarship

    Deadline: August 1 2022

    Check out this step-by-step guide and timeline for Penn's 2022 Mitchell application process(NOTE: Current undergraduates MUST obtain Penn nomination for the Mitchell. Applicants who will hold a bachelor's degree by September 2022 DO NOT need to seek Penn nomination for the Mitchell, but Penn encourages applicants to follow the standard Penn process to obtain assistance from CURF)

    Mitchell Scholarship

    The Mitchell Scholarship funds one year of graduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland, providing tuition, accommodation, and a stipend for living expenses and travel. 

    In addition to demonstrating wide-ranging academic excellence and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.70, most successful candidates have demonstrated initiative and commitment to larger issues such as service, research, and engagement in efforts to serve humanity both on and beyond their campus.  Additionally, candidates should have a clearly articulated reason for studying in Ireland or Northern Ireland and a solid understanding of the research they will conduct in a specific graduate program.

    http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/

    2022 applicants who wish to commence graduate study in Fall 2023 should enroll in the CURF Fellowship Resources canvas site, complete Penn's Spring Consultations form, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Wallace Genser. Applicants are encourage to complete these steps as soon as possible, ideally no later than May 31, 2022 (Potential applicants MAY express initial interest AFTER May 31, but we strongly recommend applicants inform CURF of their potential interest as soon as possible). See details at Endorsement Process for Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships

    Penn Application Deadline: August 1, 2022, 4:00pm

    Penn’s Application Process

    The Mitchell Scholarship accepts nominations from institutions – undergraduate students may not apply independently. To apply for Penn’s endorsement, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of August 1, 2022, 4:00pm.  Alumni and graduate students do not require Penn’s endorsement, but are strongly encouraged to participate in the process outlined below.

    • Candidates should indicate their intent to apply for endorsement for the Mitchell Scholarship (as well as the Rhodes Scholarship and/or Marshall Scholarship, if relevant) as soon as possible by completing the Penn's Spring Consultations form.  Candidates will then be assigned a Fellowship Advisor who will help the candidate clarify goals, values, and purposes, assist with application details, and draft the letter of endorsement on behalf of the University.  Candidates requesting endorsement after June 1 must contact Dr. Wallace Genser at genser@upenn.edu to request consideration for University of Pennsylvania endorsement.   
    • As soon as you have arranged for letters of recommendation for the Mitchell Scholarship, begin the CURF Mitchell Application process, where you will be able to request a letter from each recommender.  If you are also applying for the Rhodes and/or Marshall, separate requests must be submitted for each award.  DO NOT request letters of recommendation through the Mitchell application system. Letters of recommendations must be submitted to CURF via the internal application process no later than 4:00pm on August 1, 2022.
    • Complete Penn’s Internal Mitchell Application process, including the upload of your personal essay, a categorized list of awards or activities, your unofficial transcript from Penn InTouch, a high quality digital photograph of yourself (one that would be appropriate for a passport), and any other post-secondary transcripts.  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. Submission is due by 4:00pm on August 1, 2022.
    • Following Penn’s internal deadline, candidate materials are reviewed by the University of Pennsylvania’s Faculty Review Committee, which is comprised of Penn faculty who have been awarded prestigious scholarships and are actively engaged in promoting Penn’s academic mission.  The Committee will select candidates to interview for consideration for Penn endorsement.
    • Candidates selected for endorsement for the Mitchell Scholarship will receive further instructions. 

     

    Marshall Scholarship

    Deadline: August 1 2022

    Please review our updated step-by-step guide and timeline for Penn's 2022 Marshall application process!

    Watch this video to learn more about building a strong Marshall application featuring 4 recent Marshall Scholars sharing their advice on applying.

    Marshall Scholarship

    The Marshall Scholarship is tenable at any university in the United Kingdom, and provides overseas transportation, all tuition and fees, and a personal living allowance for (typically) two years of graduate study. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for a three- or four-year PhD, for which supplemental Marshall funding is typically available. The Marshall's goal is to support strong academic students and promote US students' engagement throughout the UK. While the Marshall is happy to support students to attend Oxford, Cambridge, and the major London universities, the Scholarship particularly welcomes candidates interested in studying at universities other than Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCL, King's College London, and Imperial College, especially the Marshall’s UK partner institutions. The UK's faculty-driven Research Excellence Framework 2014 ranking of UK graduate programs can help you identify the strongest UK academic departments in your field.

    In addition to demonstrating wide-ranging academic excellence and a cumulative undergraduate GPA at the institution where you will receive or have received your Bachelor's degree of at least 3.70, the most successful candidates have demonstrated initiative and commitment to larger issues such as service, research, and engagement in efforts to serve humanity both on and beyond campus.  Additionally, candidates should have a clearly articulated reason for studying in the UK, a solid understanding of the research they will conduct in a specific graduate program, and a plan for how they will use their studies in the UK as a springboard for their future career and an opportunity to promote ongoing professional connections between the US and the UK.

    http://www.marshallscholarship.org

    2022 applicants who wish to commence graduate study in Fall 2023 should enroll in the CURF Fellowship Resources canvas site, complete Penn's Spring Consultations form, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Wallace Genser. Applicants are encouraged to complete these steps as soon as possible, ideally no later than May 31, 2022 (Potential applicants MAY express initial interest AFTER May 31, but we strongly recommend applicants inform CURF of their potential interest as soon as possible). See details at Endorsement Process for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships

    Penn Application Deadline: August 1, 2022, 4:00pm

     

    Penn’s Application Process

    The Marshall Scholarship accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To apply for Penn’s endorsement, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of August 1, 2022, 4:00pm.

    • Candidates should indicate their intent to apply for endorsement for the Marshall Scholarship (as well as the Rhodes Scholarship, if relevant) as soon as possible by completing the Penn's Spring Consultations form.  Candidates will then be assigned a Fellowship Advisor who will help the candidate clarify goals, values, and purposes, assist with application details, and draft the letter of endorsement on behalf of the University.  Candidates requesting endorsement after July 1 must contact Dr. Wallace Genser at genser@upenn.edu to request consideration for University of Pennsylvania endorsement.   
    • As soon as you have arranged for letters of recommendation for the Marshall Scholarship, begin the CURF Marshall Application which will include recommendation letter requests.  If you are also applying for the Rhodes and/or Mitchell, separate requests must be submitted for each award.  DO NOT request letters of recommendation through the Marshall application system. Letters of recommendations must be submitted to CURF via the webform no later than 4:00pm on August 1, 2022.
    • Complete Penn’s Internal Marshall application form, including your four Marshall statements and your unofficial transcript from Penn InTouch (and other institutions, if relevant).  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. Submission is due by 4:00pm on August 1, 2022.
    • Following Penn’s internal deadline, candidate materials are reviewed by the University of Pennsylvania’s Faculty Review Committee, which is comprised of Penn faculty who have been awarded prestigious scholarships and are actively engaged in promoting Penn’s academic mission.  The Committee will select candidates to interview for consideration for Penn endorsement.
    • Candidates selected for endorsement for the Marshall Scholarship will receive further instructions.

     

    Gates Cambridge Scholarship (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: October 11 2022

    Please review our updated step-by-step guide and timeline for the 2021 Gates Cambridge application process!

    Gates Cambridge Scholarship

    The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship in any subject area for students to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Cambridge. The scholarships are for one, two, or three years, with a possible extension to a fourth year.

    In addition to demonstrating wide-ranging academic excellence sufficient to be considered a top candidate in the Cambridge department to which they apply (which normally requires a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.80 or above by Summer 202), the most successful Gates candidates have demonstrated the capacity to lead and "take others with them" to make the world a better place, a commitment to working for the greater good, and a good academic fit with the Cambridge graduate program to which they apply. Candidates with cumulative undergraduate GPAs below 3.80 at the time of application need to demonstrate sustained ongoing commitment to producing positive change in their chosen field. 

    https://www.gatescambridge.org/

    Deadlines:

    • For US Citizens living in the US - October 12, 2022 (US) (11:59pm UK time) (Tentative Deadline)
    • For all other eligible candidates (including US citizens who are living outside the US) –  based on the student’s course, either 1 December 2022 OR 5 January 2023

    NOTE:  If a Cambridge course deadline is earlier than the relevant funding deadline above, you must apply by the earlier course deadline.

    Penn’s Application Process

    • There is no Gates application separate from the Cambridge graduate application (GRADSAF). That application includes a supplemental personal essay for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship (and another for the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Cambridge Overseas Research Trusts).
    • While the Gates Cambridge Scholarship does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.  CURF requests that Gates applicants create a single PDF of the required application materials (with the exception of recommendations) and submit a pdf of their complete Gates Cambridge application to CURF using this form after they have submitted their Gates Cambridge application to the Cambridge website.

     

    Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    Deadline: August 22 2022

     

    Please review the step-by-step guide and timeline for Penn's 2022 Fulbright application process!

    Interested candidates should enroll in CURF's Canvas site for Fulbright applicants

    View the two-part, recorded 2022 Fulbright Kick-Off information session (Penn login required):  

    1. Introduction to the Fulbright US Student Program with representatives from the Fulbright US Student Program, CURF, and Penn students/alumni
    2. Breakout room with Penn’s Fulbright Adviser (FPA), Penn's application process and CURF resources

    Fulbright Grants fund 8-12 months of international experience in over 140 countries. With a long-standing mission of promoting mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchange, Fulbright opportunities can be categorized into two main grant types:

    • Study/Research grants offer the opportunity to carry out your own international research project in any discipline (or in some countries, to pursue a graduate degree)
    • English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) grants place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to teach English and share American culture

    http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

    The Fulbright application cycle for students and alumni opens on March 31, 2022

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is open to US citizens from all backgrounds. Applicants should be genuinely interested in engaging with diverse populations, and Fulbright encourages applicants representing the US’s racial, ethnic, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and regional diversity. Fulbright supports applicants through an extensive network of peer affiliation groups such as Fulbright NoirFulbright LatinxFulbright LotusFulbright PrismFulbright Salam, and Fulbright Access. For additional information, visit https://fulbrightprism.org/partner-organizations and view Fulbright’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) statement. 

    Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    Penn's Campus Deadline: Monday, August 22, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Penn’s Application Process

    • Interested candidates should enroll in CURF's Canvas site for Fulbright applicants
    • Applicants must submit complete applications through Fulbright’s online application system by Monday, August 22, 2022 in order to meet Penn’s Campus 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. 
    • Plan to submit your essay drafts to CURF for feedback by our Priority Target Date (PTD) of July 1, 2022.
    • 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. 
    • 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 Fulbright's National Deadline in October. While an applicant who does not meet Penn’s Internal Deadline cannot participate in the campus process outlined above, qualified candidates who submit complete applications through Penn by the National Deadline 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. 

     

    Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship for Public Service

    Deadline: June 14 2022

    Administered by the Obama Foundation and funded by a $100 million contribution from Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-Founder and CEO, the Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship for Public Service helps students eligible for need-based financial aid pursue careers in public service by providing access to travel and education.

    With a budget of $10,000, 100 students will design their own summer voyage between their junior and senior year of college. The experience will allow students to pursue internships or mentorship opportunities anywhere in the world that will broaden their horizons and prepare them for careers in public service. Students will also be able to stay in homes on Airbnb using credits provided by Airbnb.

    Deadline: June 14, 2022 (3:00pm US Central Time)

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Students who completed their sophomore year and will be Juniors in Fall 2022 with GPA of 3.0
    • Demonstrated commitment to public service and plan to pursue a career in public service
    • US citizens, permanent residents (Permanent Resident Card), or holders of deferred action status through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
    • Demonstrated financial need through submission of 1040 tax forms of the student (and parent(s) if the student is a dependent)
    • Preference may be given to applicants with no or limited prior engagement with other leadership programs in their undergraduate experience

    Recipients will receive the following:

    • Financial aid up to $50,000: Students will receive up to $25,000 per year in “last dollar” financial aid to cover remaining tuition and/or living costs for their junior and senior years of college (Applicants should check with their Financial Aid Officer to understand how this aid might affect their Penn financial aid package)
    • Summer Voyage: With a budget of $10,000, students will design their own summer voyage between their junior and senior year of college. The experience will allow students to pursue internships or mentorship opportunities anywhere in the world that will broaden their horizons and prepare them for careers in public service. Students will also be able to stay in homes on Airbnb using credits provided by Airbnb
    • 10-year travel stipend: After graduation, Airbnb will provide the students with a $2,000 travel credit every year for 10 years, totaling $20,000. This will allow students to continue to broaden their horizons and forge new connections throughout their public service careers
    • Fall Summit: Voyagers will be invited to an annual Fall Summit. This fall, the summit will include a meeting with President Obama, Brian Chesky, and other leaders. They will also get access to a network of other Voyagers and alumni with whom they can connect with at the summit and beyond
    • A network of leaders: Throughout the program, students will be invited to an ongoing speaker series, giving them access to a network of leaders. This network of leaders will expose them to new areas of service and innovations happening in their fields. After graduation, they will join the Obama Foundation’s global community, providing them with Foundation resources and programming

    More information: https://www.obama.org/voyager-scholarship-faqs/

    Application and required materials: https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/obama-chesky-scholarship/

    Paul and Kathleen Barthmaier Award

    The Paul and Kathleen Barthmaier Award has been established by Kathleen M. Barthmaier (Wharton ’03) to provide financial support to assist with travel expenses related to intellectually enriching undergraduate research or fellowship experiences. While priority will be given to internationally focused projects, proposals focused on domestic (based in the United States) issues will also be considered. Grants will be awarded up to $2,000 depending on the needs of the project.

    Deadline

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    Contact Information

    Dr. Kerry Milch, Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
    Email Dr. Milch
    Schedule an appointment with Dr. Milch

    Dr. Ann Vernon-Grey, Senior Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
    Email Dr. Vernon-Grey
    Schedule an appointment with Dr. Vernon-Grey

     

    Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant (Tentative)

    Deadline: March 19 2023

    View and follow this step-by-step guide for potential applicants!

    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 19, 2023 (Tentative)

    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 19, 2023 (Tentative).

      You will be prompted to upload a single PDF via Penn’s Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant that includes the abstracts, proposal 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. 

      1. Short abstract (~100 words): On a separate page, explain the overall goals of the project
      2. 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
      3. 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.

      Letters of Suppport  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. As soon as you have arranged for these letters, complete the recommendation section of the Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant for each. Provide contact information for each writer, and they will be prompted to upload the letters of support. These letters must also be received by Penn’s Deadline of March 20, 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. Examples of these brief submissions can be found on this link using your PennKey. 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.


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