Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright Grants fund 8-12 months of international experience in over 140 countries. While Fulbright Grants are offered in various forms and are country-specific, most opportunities fall into three broad categories (note: not all grant types are available in all countries, and most countries offer more than one option):

  • Research grants, which offer applicants the opportunity to design their own project in any discipline
  • Study grants, which support applicants pursuing a graduate degree
  • English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs)


Penn Campus Deadline: August 27, 2019

National Deadline: October 8, 2019 5pm EST


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 27, 2019 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 8, 2019 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. 


American Scandinavian Society Fellowship

Deadline: November 1 2019

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, 2019

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. Wallace Genser
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships 
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224
Please call 215-746-6488 to schedule an appointment

Project in Humanities, Urbanism, and Design

The Project in Humanities, Urbanism, and Design (H+U+D), invites graduate students to submit research proposals for Academic Year 2019-20. Small grants will be awarded to support projects that align with the mission of the H+U+D project.

H+U+D is a joint effort among the Schools of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and Design (PennDesign), and the Penn Institute of Urban Research (Penn IUR) whose objective is to promote synergies among the humanities and design disciplines. Beginning in 2018, the initiative takes “The Inclusive City” as its theme, focusing on issues of inclusivity and diversity. The project is described in the Almanac here: https://almanac.upenn.edu/articles/mellon-foundation-awards-1533-million-to-penn-for-the-inclusive-city

Graduate Research

Small research grants will be awarded to support interdisciplinary design/humanities projects undertaken by graduate students in humanities and design disciplines that focus on the built environment. Eligible research must draw from both humanities and design disciplines. Examples of eligible work include master’s thesis projects, independent study projects, and doctoral dissertation research. Preference will be given to projects related to the “Inclusive City” theme. The maximum award is $2000 per proposal. Allowable research expenses include travel, archival charges, and photography. Previously funded student projects are available to review here.

Application Instructions

All applications are due by 4:00 PM on April 15, 2019, including letters of recommendation (see next section).

The application should include, in one PDF:

  • Research project proposal, including a description of the project and your research design (maximum: 500 words)
  • Short itemized budget
  • Unofficial Penn transcript

Submit your proposal no later than 4:00 PM on April 15, 2019, to the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) via the student application. A special awards sub-committee will review proposals, and funds will be transferred to successful applicants’ departments for disbursement. Questions? Contact Dr. Eugenie Birch (elbirch@design.upenn.edu) or Dr. David Brownlee (dbrownle@sas.upenn.edu)

Letter of Recommendation

Please follow all instructions for requesting letters from your faculty advisor:

As early as possible, request a letter from your faculty research advisor via the Recommendation Request Form.  Completing this form automatically generates an email to your recommender with instructions on how to upload their letter to the CURF site.  Please ask your advisor to anticipate the arrival of this email (which is sometimes sorted to junk or spam folders), and inform them whether you have chosen to keep their letter confidential and waive your right of access to it.  It is your responsibility that this letter be submitted to CURF no later than 4:00 PM on April 15, 2019.

The letter should:

  • Discuss the project’s feasibility and the adequacy of the applicant’s preparation to complete it
  • Review and comment on the student’s projected budget
  • Make clear the nature and extent of the student’s contribution in formulating and carrying out the project
  • Advise the student on any applicable Institutional Review Board or related issues
  • Detail what supplies and/or support they are able to provide to ensure project completion
  • Outline the active ways in which the student will be mentored during the research process (both in summer and beyond)

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program

Deadline: January 31 2020

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, 2020

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.


Sobti Family Fellowship

Application Link: Sobti Family Fellowship Application

CASI offers a post-baccalaureate fellowship award of $12,500 for a graduating senior or recent Penn graduate to spend at least nine (9) months in India. Eligible applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from any of Penn’s four undergraduate schools up to two years previous to the current academic year. Applicants design a feasible independent research project in connection with their academic and professional interests. 

NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

Deadline: December 1 2019

NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

The NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. Successful applicants will spend half their time at the National Institutes of Health and the remainder at either Oxford or Cambridge in an intensive, research-driven, dual-mentored degree program. Students begin work to develop a dual-mentored thesis that meets their academic and research goals immediately upon acceptance. The scholar’s doctorate, usually completed in four years, is conferred by either Oxford or Cambridge, depending on where their research is done; hence applicants must meet requirements for acceptance into the graduate program of the relevant University.


Deadline: December 1, 2019 (TENTATIVE) - Application opens August 1, 2019


Penn’s Application Process

  • While the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.


Boren Graduate Fellowship

Deadline: January 13 2020

Boren Graduate Fellowship

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.


Penn Deadline: January 13, 2020


Penn’s Application Process

  • Submit your application materials directly through the Boren Fellowship website by January 13, 2020.  CURF is then responsible for the final submission of your application. 


Fulbright Summer Institutes

Fulbright Summer Institutes

These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete to come to the UK on a fully-funded three-to-four week program.  Students will take part in cultural events, research, collaboration, and presentations at an esteemed British University.  Each Summer Institute will cover a different theme.  To be eligible, applicants must have at least a 3.70 GPA.


Deadline: Febuary 6, 2019 at 5pm 


Penn’s Application Process

  • While the Fulbright Summer Institutes do not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.


Queen Elizabeth Scholarship

Deadline: January 30 2022

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship, made possible by the generosity of Sir Walter Annenberg, is awarded to outstanding students of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford.  Resuming in the 2021-2022 academic year, Penn will send a PhD student to Oxford as a non-degree visiting student every other year and Oxford will send a DPhil student to Penn. The next Penn student will be sent to Oxford for the 2022-2023 academic year.  The Scholarship covers all fees and provides a stipend of £8000. PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in 2022-2023, the stipend will be increased (exact amount TBD).

Applicants must be at the dissertation stage or in the final stages of course work in pursuit of a PhD in any subject taught at Oxford University. Preference will be given to American citizens.

Penn Deadline: January 30, 2022, 11:59pm


Penn’s Application Process

The Penn liaison for the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship accepts applications from individual students, and the Queen Elizabeth Scholar is selected by a committee of Penn faculty. To apply to be one of Penn’s nominees, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of January 30, 2022.

  • As soon as you have arranged for two letters of recommendation, fill out a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each recommender.  One letter should be from your current or proposed Penn dissertation supervisor, who should identify her/himself as such in their letter, and the other should come from another Penn faculty member with whom you have studied.
  • Complete Penn’s Request for Nomination application form.  Here, you will upload a single PDF which combines
    • your CV
    • a document listing the department(s) in which you plan to study or conduct research at Oxford
    • a description of work you’re planning at Oxford (including resources you’ll utilize) [500-words maximum]
    • the name(s), department(s), and email address(es) of faculty member(s) at Oxford you have been in contact with who have indicated a willingness to work with you while you are at Oxford
    • copies of email confirmation from each faculty member who has indicated a willingness to work with you at Oxford
    • official undergraduate and graduate transcript (please scan these from official transcripts)
    • a document noting your intended future occupation
    • if you have ever visited the United Kingdom, a document that briefly states the purpose of your visit(s) (e.g., holiday, study abroad, research, etc.). 

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.

  • Nominated students will receive further instructions. 


Gaither Junior Fellows Program (formerly the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program)

Deadline: November 30 2019

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program (formerly the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program)

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program offers up to twelve one-year internships at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Gaither Junior Fellows assist with research and editing for Carnegie senior scholars in areas including nuclear nonproliferation, foreign policy, democracy and governance, technology policy, economics, and regional studies. Junior Fellows are paid a monthly salary and receive health insurance.


Penn Deadline: November 30, 2019


Penn’s Application Process

The Gaither Junior Fellows program 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 November 30, 2019.

  • Materials for the Gaither Junior Fellows program application are available here.
  • As soon as you have arranged for letters of recommendation, complete a CURF Recommendation Request Form for each recommender.
  • Complete Penn’s Request for Nomination application form. Here, you will upload a single PDF which combines the Gaither application form, cover essay (1 page, double-spaced, on why you wish to become a Junior Fellow), CV or resume (1-2 pages), unofficial transcript from Penn InTouch (and other institutions, if relevant), and essay for the program for which you are applying (3 pages).  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.
  • Nominated students will receive further instructions.