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. 


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)


Regeneron Prize (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: January 31 2023

The University of Pennsylvania has been invited to nominate two PhD students for the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation in biomedicine, broadly defined.  See the flyer for details. 

Penn coordinates an internal competition.  The deadline for the internal competition is January 31, 2023, 11:59 PM EST (Tentative Deadline).   If you have a PhD student who would be competitive, please encourage them to apply.

To be considered for Penn nomination, applicants must complete the Penn Regeneron Prize application (http://apply.interfolio.com/81904), consisting of :

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 2-page single-spaced description of the applicant’s “dream research idea” in the field of Biomedical Science
  • A letter of recommendation from your Penn faculty advisor, requested through the above process

Applicants should not submit the application directly to Regeneron. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Aaron Olson at CURF, aolson@upenn.edu.

Note: The University can also nominate two Postdoctoral Fellows. Contact Josie Rook at rookj@upenn.edu in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research for details on the postdoc competition.

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.

    American Scandinavian Society Fellowship

    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

    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.

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

    Project in Humanities, Urbanism, and Design

    Deadline: May 31 2022

    The Project in Humanities, Urbanism, and Design (H+U+D), invites graduate students to submit research proposals for Academic Year 2022-23. 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. For more information on the initiative see: http://www.humanitiesurbanismdesign.com/

    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 $2,000 per proposal. Allowable research expenses include travel, archival charges, photography, books, research supplies and equipment. Examples of previously funded student projects are available to review here: http://www.humanitiesurbanismdesign.com/publication_category/student-research-2/

    Application Instructions

    The application should include

    • Research project proposal (maximum: 500 words) 
    • Short itemized budget 
    • Unofficial Penn transcript 
    • Letter or recommendation from sponsoring faculty member, requested by the applicant via the Letter of Recommendation Request Form

    Submit your proposal no later than May 31, 2022, to the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) via the student application:

    Apply here!

    A special awards sub-committee will review proposals, and funds will be disbursed to successful applicants.

    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.


    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.

    Sobti Family Fellowship (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: April 3 2023

    Application Link: Sobti Family Fellowship Application

    The Sobti Family Fellowship will provide up to two Penn doctoral students with $12,500 each to develop independent research interests broadly related to CASI’s agenda. The Fellowship award will include an unrestricted $10,000* grant with the addition of up to $2,500 in reimbursed domestic travel expenses, conference attendance fees, and research materials. The award can be received in conjunction with existing graduate funding.

    Deadline: April 3, 2023, 11:59pm EST (TENTATIVE)

    NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: December 1 2022

    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, 2022 (Tentative Deadline) - Application opens August 1, 2022


    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 (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: January 16 2023

    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 16, 2023 (Tentative Deadline)


    Penn’s Application Process

    • Submit your application materials directly through the Boren Fellowship website by January 16, 2023.  CURF is then responsible for the final submission of your application.