Fulbright U.S. Student Program (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: October 11 2022

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


National Deadline: October 11, 2022 (Tentative deadline) 

The Fulbright Program strongly recommends that you plan to submit 24 hours prior to the national deadline (October 11, 5pm EST)



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 October 12, 2021, in order to meet Penn’s Final 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. 
  • 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. 


OZY Genius Awards (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: April 30 2022

The OZY Genius Awards program invites all current undergraduates (including graduating seniors) to apply for the this award, which provides $10,000 for summer projects that have the potential to create real change in any field.

For details see the award guidelines and the application form.

If you have additional questions, please contact Genius@OZY.com

Interested applicants are encouraged to register for and attend OZY's upcoming session entitled  'Design Your Own Genius Idea', a one-hour virtual event, which is likely to occur in Spring 2022 (date and time TBD). 

Application deadline:  April 30, 2022, 11:59pm Pacific US Time (TENTATIVE)

Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant

Deadline: March 13 2022

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 13, 2022

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 13, 2022. 

    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 13, 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. 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 14 2022

    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/

    Deadline: January 14, 2022 (TENTATIVE) (two-minute pitch video due, additional application materials due after pitch video is approved by the foundation)


    American Scandinavian Society Fellowship (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: November 1 2022

    The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers one-year fellowships (up to $23,000) and 1-3 month grants (up to $5,000) to individuals who have completed a Bachelor's degree to pursue research, study, or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country.


    Deadline: November 1, 2022 (Tentative Deadline)

    Penn’s Application Process

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

    Contact Information

    CURF can assist by providing stylistic feedback on essay drafts and other application-specific advice to Penn undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni.

    Dr. Angie Estévez
    Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships 
    The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk 
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224
    You may schedule an appointment with Dr. Estévez

    Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: January 31 2022

    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.


    Deadline: January 31, 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.


    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.


    Humanity in Action Fellowship (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: February 14 2022

    Humanity in Action

    Fellows first participate in an intensive three-week summer educational program providing a country and context-specific curriculum (currently: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, the Netherlands, or Poland) that examines historical and contemporary challenges to human rights, pluralism and equality. Then, they embark on developing Action Projects in their own communities.


    Programs projected to be VIRTUAL in 2021 (https://www.humanityinaction.org/fellowship/become-a-fellow/)

    Deadline: February 14, 2022 (TENTATIVE)


    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.


    Huntington Public Service Award

    Deadline: January 14 2022

    Huntington Public Service Award

    The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides an annual stipend of $20,000 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.



    Deadline: January 14, 2022


    Penn’s Application Process

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


    President's Innovation Prize

    Deadline: January 28 2022

    President’s Innovation Prize

    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 28, 2022

    Application info:  https://www.curf.upenn.edu/prizes

    Project info:  https://pennpip.upenn.edu/

    Penn’s Application Process

    • For detailed application instructions along with additional information about this Prize, please visit the Prizes section of CURF’s website.