DAAD German Academic Exchange Service

DAAD German Academic Exchange Service

Funds one full year of study in any subject for a master’s degree or an independent research project at an institution in Germany. German language proficiency expected for social science and humanities degrees or projects, but not for STEM or arts fields.  


Penn Deadline: October 13, 2020 (TENTATIVE)


Penn’s Application Process

The DAAD Scholarship accepts applications from institutions – students and alumni may not apply independently. To apply through Penn, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of October 13, 2020 (TENTATIVE)

  • Applications consist of the application form, supplementary materials (if relevant), CV/resume, study proposal, 1 letter of recommendation, evidence of contact with German institution, German language form, and transcripts which should be submitted to the DAAD Online Portal (https://portal.daad.de/irj/portal)
  • Beginning this year, DAAD will no longer require paper copies of the application, EXCEPT the signed reference form. A copy of this form must be submitted to Penn’s DAAD coordinator (Ms. Bridget Rothera, brothera@sas.upenn.edu) in the Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences.
  • Additional advising is available from CURF.


Saint Andrew’s Society Graduate Scholarship

Saint Andrew's Society Graduate Scholarship

Beginning in 1960 the Saint Andrew’s Society of New York has provided over 185 graduate scholarships to promote cultural interchange and goodwill between Scotland and the US. Each year a scholarship for one year of graduate study in Scotland is given to three students of some Scottish descent who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance to continue their education in Scotland. The scholarship offers the recipient funding for up to $35,000 to be used initially against tuition, then board, transportation, and other expenses.

Candidates should possess qualifications which will enable them to be good ambassadors for the United States while in Scotland. The basis for selection shall include the student’s: (1) academic achievement; (2) extracurricular activities; (3) financial need; (4) clarity of career purpose in pursuing the graduate studies; (5) a statement that sets forth why the applicant wishes to continue your education, with clarity around the graduate study objective(s) to be achieved and why he/she wishes to study in Scotland; (6) some Scottish descent; and (7) proof of US Citizenship. Proof of application to their selected school will be required for finalists.


Penn Deadline: November 1, 2020


Penn’s Application Process

The Saint Andrew’s Scholarship program accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To apply to be Penn’s nominee, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of November 1, 2020.

  • As soon as you have arranged for two letters of recommendation from faculty, fill out a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each recommender. 
  • Complete Penn’s Request for Nomination application form. Here, you will upload a single PDF which combines your St. Andrew’s Application form, resume, unofficial transcript from Penn InTouch (and other institutions, if relevant), personal statement, and all required essays.  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.
  • Penn’s nominee will be required to allow Penn’s Student Financial Services office to release information demonstrating your financial need. 
  • CURF will forward the application for Penn’s nominated student to the Saint Andrew’s Society of New York for consideration by their deadline of December 15. Six finalists will be invited to a lunch in February or March, and two recipients selected.


Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship

Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship

This fellowship offers three summer internships each year: at the US Embassy in London, at the US Embassy in Paris, and at the Office of the Secretary of State in Washington, DC.


Deadline: (Anticipated) October 10, 2020 (to complete State Department online internship application – double check this date with the State Department posting)


Penn’s Application Process

  • While Harriman Fellowship does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.
  • Note: students must first apply for a relevant summer internship with the State Department. The Fellowship reaches out to eligible candidates several months later, and invites them to apply for the Harriman (at which point application instructions and a deadline are provided).


Critical Language Scholarship

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.


Deadline: November 17, 2020 (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). 


Humanity in Action Fellowship

Humanity in Action

Humanity in Action's programs concern human rights activities generally, but they focus specifically on the relationship between majority and minority populations in the countries where the programs take place (currently Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and the US). The five-week programs address a carefully selected range of subjects intended to provide the Fellows analytical and intercultural skills and perspectives that will aid in their work on a broad range of human rights issues in the future.


Deadline: January 5, 2020


Penn’s Application Process

  • While Humanity in Action does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.


Penn Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP)

Penn’s Global Research Internship Program (GRIP) is a campus-wide partnership that offers summer internships for current Penn undergraduate and graduate students through a number of exciting internship opportunities. Information and application are available here.

Humanity in Action

The Humanity in Action Fellowship program is the gateway program to becoming a Senior Fellow and member of the Humanity in Action network. The application for the 2019 Fellowship programs will be open by the end of September, and the deadline to apply will be midnight (PST) Sunday, January 6, 2019.

Fellowship Dates:

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) program

RISE Germany offers summer research internships in Germany for undergraduate students from North America, Great Britain and Ireland. In their internships, students are carefully matched with doctoral students and researchers (only from universities of applied sciences, UAS) – whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. Interns receive a monthly stipend to cover every day costs. About 300 scholarships are available each year.

Association of Alumnae Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Award

General Information

The Association of Alumnae of the University of Pennsylvania has established the Association of Alumnae Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Award in the School of Arts and Sciences to recognize and support female undergraduates for academic achievement and demonstrated service to country, community, and family during the summer after their sophomore or junior year in the College.

Contact Information

Dr. Ann Vernon-Grey
Phone: 215-746-6488

Terry B. Heled Travel & Research Grant

The winner of the Terry B. Heled Travel & Research Grant will receive $2,000 toward the costs of travel for research that will lead to a significant writing project.  The travel and research will be conducted during the summer (between mid-May and the end of August). Candidates who propose a trip of longer rather than shorter duration will be given priority, and candidates who propose to travel beyond North America will also get priority, but any travel plan—to any place, of any length—will receive serious consideration based on the quality of the project.