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


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/

Penn Student Government Public Service Fellowship

The Penn Student Government Public Service Fellowship seeks to shift the culture at the University of Pennsylvania around public service by emboldening students to pursue internships, projects, and eventually careers in the field. It aims to expand accessibility to public service opportunities for undergraduates. 

Students may either apply to an existing internship or coordinate an internship of their choice with a non-profit. All internships must be associated with a social impact, non-profit organization, or local, state, or, federal government agency. 

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.


Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Contact Information

Dr. Kerry Milch, Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
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Dr. Ann Vernon-Grey, Senior Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
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Student Exhibition Internship

The Penn Museum offers paid internships to three undergraduate students at Penn to work with Museum staff and create a small exhibition. The year-long internship focuses on the planning, development, design, fabrication, and installation of a small exhibition featured in the Penn Museum. Interns will learn first-hand about the curatorial, content development, administrative, and design aspects of staging an exhibition in a large museum. After the exhibition’s opening, students will implement educational programs and events for the Museum’s public and academic audiences.

Samvid Scholars Program (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: April 9 2023

The Samvid Scholars Program aims to invest in future leaders committed to effecting positive change in the world through the spirit of innovation and exploration. 
The Samvid Scholars Program will select 20 students who will be entering graduate school in Fall 2023, have an exceptional record of achievement, and are driven to make a positive impact $50,000 in tuition support each year for two years. In addition, the program will provide scholars with leadership training, professional development support, and service opportunities.

Applicants must be US citizens with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher and be entering a full-time graduate program of at least two years duration in the United States during 2022-2023. Degrees such as JD, MBA, MD, MEd, MEng, MA, MPH, MPP, and MS are eligible. Funding does NOT support PhD programs, but students in joint degree programs that include a PhD are eligible for funding to support the 2 or more year non-PhD degree.

Selection criteria include:

  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.50
  • Leadership and extracurricular achievement
  • Ambition to make an impact on the world
  • Potential for success and contribution to society
  • Relevance of graduate study to long-term goals

Please review Samvid's detailed "About the Program" information at https://www.samvid.ventures/samvid-scholars/

Deadline: April 9, 2023 (Tentative Deadline)

IES Predoctoral Training Program (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: April 3 2023

Penn’s IES Predoctoral Training Program is a competitive program offering financial and skill-building support for two to three years. Students in good standing may apply to the program after completing one year of doctoral studies. Fellows must have a substantive and substantial interest in applied education research and must be committed to participating in the program for a minimum of two years. 

Fellows participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum that includes coursework in quantitative methodologies, experimental research designs, implementation research, and education policy. In addition, fellows will participate in ongoing research with faculty mentors and research organizations (1 year minimum) and complete a year-long policy/practice apprenticeship with education agencies or in practice settings that actively produce and use research. The training program includes an ongoing interdisciplinary seminar on conducting rigorous, applied education research, and methods workshops that complement training available through courses and professional networking support.

Fellows will gain expertise in interdisciplinary research methods, including randomized controlled trials of education programs, policies, and practices. They will be part of an intellectual community of peers and faculty who share interests in rigorous applied education research that is actionable, equitable, and used. The program structure provides scaffolding that enables fellows to attain broader and deeper skills without materially altering their time to degree completion through weekly lectures, special trainings, apprenticeships, and participation in research conferences. 

In addition to spending 15 to 20 hours a week in an approved research or practice apprenticeship, fellows are expected to participate in the program’s seminar series, attend program-supported trainings that address skills needed for the Certificate of Advanced Studies, participate in at least one professional conference annually, capitalize on opportunities to present their own work or collaborative work in workshops and at conferences, and send all publications they co-author based on work they do during their fellowship to the ERIC Clearinghouse.   

Deadline: April 3, 2023 (TENTATIVE)


Frances Velay Fellows

With the goal of encouraging and advancing women in the sciences, summer undergraduate fellowship funding of $4,500 per student in the College of Arts & Sciences will be provided for 8-10 week summer research projects under the guidance of faculty mentors in the sciences. Faculty mentors will receive $1,000 to support the associated research program. In addition, the program plans to engage Velay Fellows in enrichment activities to prepare them for graduate study and careers in scientific fields.

Hertog Foundation Summer Programs in Political Studies

Deadline: March 1 2023

The Hertog Foundation offers current undergraduates and recent graduates two summer seminar programs on political thought, publicy policy, and foreign affairs:

  • A five-week Summer Residential Political Studies Program in July and August explores the theory and practice of politics in an intensive seminar setting. In addition to free tuition for the program, participants receive a $2,500 stipend and housing. A mandatory quarantine period with virtual activities is required for all fellows. Fellows will take morning and afternoon seminars on a wide variety of subjects, from political philosophy to economics, and foreign policy. Up to 18 fellows will be selected.
  • Virtual Summer Courses offers a similar seminar experience over one week or several weeks with the flexibility of online education. In addition to free tuition, participants receive course materials and a stipend. Up to 150 fellows will be selected.

To learn more Register for an upcoming Hertog Open House.

Deadline: March 1, 2023 (Early-decision deadline December 20, 2022)


SNF Paideia Fellowship

We’re accepting applications to the Fellows program in two rounds. Students who wish to apply for the first round may submit their application up through Sunday, January 30. Students applying in the second round have through Sunday, February 27. Current first year students are eligible to apply to the program. Selected Fellows participate in the program for three years, from their sophomore through senior year.

Contact Information

First-year students may apply directly to the SNF Paideia Fellows Program here: Fellows Application 2021
Faculty members and staff may nominate a student by completing a brief online form here: Fellows Nomination and Reference 2021
Contact Leah Anderson, leahand@upenn.edu, the Executive Director of the SNF Paideia Program, with questions.