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)

hertogfoundation.org

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.


    Blossom Hill Fellowship (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: January 16 2023

    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://blossomhill-foundation.org/fellowshipapplication/

    Tentative Deadline: January 16, 2023 (two-minute pitch video due, additional application materials due no later than March 31, 2023, after pitch video is approved by the foundation) 

     

    Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in South Asian Languages (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: February 6 2023

    The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.

    The FLAS Fellowship in South Asian Languages is for Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, and Urdu.

    Deadline: February 6, 2023 (TENTATIVE)

    Penn’s Application Process

    Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in African Languages (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: April 30 2023

    The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.

    The FLAS Fellowship in African Languages is for Amharic, Igbo, Swahili, Tigrinya, Twi, Wolof, Yoruba, and Zulu.

    Deadline: April 30, 2023 (TENTATIVE)

     

    Penn’s Application Process

    Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in East Asian Languages (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: February 6 2023

    The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.

    The FLAS Fellowship in East Asian Languages is for: Chinese, Japanese, Korea, Mongolian, and Tibetan.

    Deadline: February 6, 2023 (Tentative Deadline)

    Penn’s Application Process

    Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: January 31 2023

    The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a six-week summer institute for rising college juniors. This program offers a leadership curriculum that encourages students to examine their personal strengths, identify areas for growth, and ultimately take action as a leader. Fellows design and present a Capstone Project on an issue about which they are passionate. The program provides housing, transportation, meals, and a $3,000 stipend. To be eligible, sophomores must have at least a 3.40 GPA.

    http://www.mountvernon.org/leadershipfellows/

    Deadline: January 31, 2023 (on hiatus for Summer 2022)

    Penn’s Application Process: This program does not require Penn’s nomination, but CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.

    Cultural Vistas Fellowship (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: December 9 2022

    Cultural Vistas Fellowship

    The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture with an eight-week summer internship in Argentina, Germany, or Singapore. Upon their return home, Cultural Vistas Fellows are required to carry out an educational or service project that helps promote international understanding and exchange.

    http://www.culturalvistas.org/cvfellowship  

    Deadline: December 9, 2022 (Tentative Deadline)

     

    Penn’s Application Process

    • While the Cultural Vistas Fellowship does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.

     

    The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: December 1 2022

    The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

    The SMART scholarship program was established by the Department of Defense (DoD) and provides tuition support to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Awardees are assigned to a DoD laboratory where he/she will be expected to serve as a summer intern and complete a period of post-graduation employment service as a DoD civilian.

    SMART Scholarship Information and Eligibility 

    Deadline: December 1, 2022, 5:00pm Eastern US Time (Tentative Deadline) - Application opens in August 2022

     

    Penn’s Application Process

    • While the SMART Fellowship does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.

     

    Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: October 7 2022

    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.

    http://www.wm.edu/offices/dccenter/harriman/index.php

    Deadline: October 7, 2022 (TENTATIVE) (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).

     

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