The Class of 1971 established this fund in honor of its 25th reunion and in memory of their classmate Robert J. Holtz to help pay the costs of research projects proposed by students. The Holtz Fund provides support for students pursuing an independent scholarly project during the academic year or summer. Funds can be used for costs of materials and supplies, toward travel costs, or for costs of the project.
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.
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.
Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide funding for US graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests. Boren Fellowships provide funding for overseas language study, academic study, research, an academic internship, or a combination of the above (though all proposals must include a significant language component). Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides an annual stipend of $15,000 for a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. The Award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.
Created by Penn President Amy Gutmann to strengthen the University of Pennsylvania’s commitment to innovation through the Penn Compact 2020, the President’s Innovation Prize will provide a graduating Penn senior, or team of graduating seniors, $100,000 (plus a $50,000 living stipend per team member) to envision and implement an innovative commercial venture that makes a positive difference in the world.
Penn Deadline: January 24, 2020 (TENTATIVE)
Penn’s Application Process
For detailed application instructions along with additional information about this Prize, please visit the Prizes section of CURF’s website.
Created by Penn President Amy Gutmann to strengthen the University of Pennsylvania’s commitment under the Penn Compact 2020 to impactful global, national, and local student engagement, the President’s Engagement Prizes will provide recipients with up to $150,000 – $50,000 for living expenses and up to $100,000 for project implementation expenses – to develop and implement a promising local, national, or global engagement project during the year after graduation. Collaborative projects will be welcome with up to three awardees for a collaborative team project.
The Truman Scholarship awards merit-based $30,000 scholarships to college juniors who plan to pursue careers in government or in public service (broadly defined), and who wish to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for their careers. Scholars may attend graduate or professional school in the United States or internationally.
Applicants should be “change agents,” with a demonstrated passion for improving the ways that government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public. Applicants should be active participants in two or more of the following types of activities:
Student government and/or campus-based extracurricular activities
Community service-related activities that are not organized by a school or a fraternity/sorority
Government internships, commissions or boards, advocacy or interest groups, nonpartisan political activities, military/ROTC
The Truman Scholarship 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 Application Deadline of December 1, 2020
Interested candidates should contact Lauren Orr by November 1 in order to obtain access to the Truman online application.
The Trudeau Scholarship provides three years full funding for a doctoral degree on one of four program themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, and People and their Natural Environment for either:
Canadians to earn a doctorate at a foreign (i.e., non-Canadian) university
Non-Canadians to earn a doctorate at a Canadian university
The Trudeau Foundation is currently reviewing the Scholarship with a focus on Inclusive Excellence and Engaged Leadership. The program's focus and deadlines may be changing. More information will be available when this year's competition launches at http://www.trudeaufoundation.ca/en/programs/doctoral-scholarships on December 1, 2020 (TENTATIVE)
Penn Deadline: January 31, 2021
Penn’s Application Process
The Trudeau Scholarship 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 31, 2021.
As soon as you have arranged for three letters of recommendation, fill out a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each recommender. Two recommendation letters must be academic, and the third must be from a non-academic referee concerning the non-academic aspects of the application.
Complete the Trudeau application form, which is posted to the Foundation’s website in early September.
Complete Penn’s Request for Nomination application form. Here, you will upload a single PDF which combines your Trudeau application form 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure CURF has received your submission.
Nominated students will receive further instructions.
Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) partners with NGOs and multilateral organizations and places highly qualified recent college graduates in one-year service fellowships with nonprofit, public service, humanitarian, and government organizations with a social mission in Latin American and Caribbean. PiLA enhances the mission of its partners by building their capacity to impact constructively the communities they serve, addressing the social, economic, and political barriers to egalitarian community development.
Princeton in Asia (PiA) has long been driven by a mission to foster cross-cultural understanding between East and West by giving young people opportunities to live and work in Asia. PiA matches talented and passionate college graduates with organizations working across Asia for one-year service placements. As employees of a variety of Asian institutions, PiA fellows gain work and life experience while providing valuable services to their Asian hosts. PiA offers service-oriented posts in the fields of education, international development (NGOs), journalism, and business, with a majority of fellows working as English teachers at universities and high schools.