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

Rhodes Scholarship

Deadline: August 1 2020

Check out this step-by-step guide to the Rhodes process for potential applicants!

Rhodes Scholarship

Starting in 2018, 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 at http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/about/rhodes-countries. Potential Penn applicants are invited to learn more about the application process by completing this form to request access to Penn's Canvas site for Rhodes applicants, attending Fellowships Explained and Fellowship 201 for Rhodes applicants, and calling 215-746-6488 to schedule 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 to support doctoral studies).  The Rhodes Scholarship pays all tuition and fees, in addition to a personal allowance for living expenses. Information about courses of study at Oxford is available at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses. Details about eligible degrees can be found at https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/media/42584/conditions-of-tenure-2018-19.pdf

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. At the time of application applicants must have a clearly articulated reason for studying at Oxford including a solid understanding of the specific Oxford graduate degree(s) they seek. 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, and the moral character required to become a leader in your field.

To learn more from Penn's recent Rhodes Scholars:

https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/apply/

2020 applicants who wish to commence graduate study in Fall 2021 should complete this form to request access to Penn's Canvas site for Rhodes applicants, and complete Penn's Request for Endorsement form as soon as possible. See details at Endorsement Process for Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell

Penn Application Deadline for applicants eligible to apply from Canada and the US (including US Permanent Residents): August 1, 2020 (TENTATIVE). (All other applicants must meet their home country's deadline available at https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/scholarships/apply/)

Special Note to 2020 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 Request for Endorsement 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, 2020 (to commence study at Oxford in Fall 2020) in order to be considered as one of Penn's nominees.

Penn’s Application Process

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, 2020 (TENTATIVE).

  • 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 Request for University of Pennsylvania Endorsement 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 CURF to petition to be considered for University of Pennsylvania endorsement.   
  • As soon as you have arranged for letters of recommendation for the Rhodes Scholarship, complete a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each recommender.  If you are also applying for the Marshall and/or Mitchell, 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, 2020 (TENTATIVE).
  • Complete Penn's Internal Rhodes application form, including the upload of a single PDF which combines 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, 2020 (TENTATIVE).
  • 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. 

 

Marshall Scholarship

Deadline: August 1 2020

Check out this step-by-step guide to the Marshall process for potential applicants!

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

2020 applicants who wish to commence graduate study in Fall 2021 should complete this form to request access to Penn's Canvas site for the Marshall applicants, and complete Penn's Request for Endorsement form as soon as possible. See details at Endorsement Process for Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell

Penn Application Deadline: August 1, 2020 (TENTATIVE)

 

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, 2020 (TENTATIVE).

  • Candidates should indicate their intent to apply for endorsement for the Marshall Scholarship (as well as the Rhodes Scholarship and/or Mitchell Scholarship, if relevant) as soon as possible by completing the Request for University of Pennsylvania Endorsement 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 CURF to petition to be considered for University of Pennsylvania endorsement.   
  • As soon as you have arranged for letters of recommendation for the Marshall Scholarship, complete a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each recommender.  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, 2020 (TENTATIVE).
  • Complete Penn’s Internal Marshall application form, including the upload of a single PDF which combines 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, 2020 (TENTATIVE).
  • 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

Deadline: October 7 2020

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 (including a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.80 or above by Summer 2020), 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.

https://www.gatescambridge.org/

Deadlines:

  • For US Citizens living in the US - October 7, 2020 (US) (11:59pm UK time) (TENTATIVE)
  • For all other eligible candidates (including US citizens who are living outside the US) –  based on the student’s course, either 1 December 2020 OR 5 January 2021 (TENTATIVE)

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 31 2020

Check out this step-by-step guide to the Fulbright process for potential applicants!

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

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/

Penn Campus Deadline: August 31, 2020

 

 

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 31, 2020 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 Fulbright's National Deadline (October 13, 2020 at 5pm EST). 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. 

 

Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant

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 8, 2020

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 8, 2020.

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 8, 2020.
    • 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

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://www.blossomhill-foundation.org/fellowship.html

Deadline: March 27, 2020

 

Perry World House Project on Borders and Boundaries in World Politics

The Project on Borders and Boundaries in World Politics has openings for up to six paid undergraduate researchers. This project is concerned with how and why humans demarcate the international space between “us” and “them.” It contextualizes international border architecture, infrastructure and institutions as expressions of various social, political and economic anxieties associated with globalization. This research team works on a broad range of questions relating to “bordering” in world politics.

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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