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Funding Opportunities

There are many opportunities for Penn undergraduates to conduct research in any discipline—regardless of their previous experience.  Research positions can be:

  • Volunteer
  • Arranged through work-study
  • Paid -- funded directly through a faculty member’s grant or via a program that provides a stipend
  • Conducted for academic credit, or
  • Supported via a grant for which you apply. 

Keep in mind that funding options are often specific to particular kinds of research, fields of study, grad year, etc.  In addition, most (but not all) CURF funding is reserved for research conducted under the mentorship of a Penn faculty member.

Use the list below to identify research programs, grants and opportunities at Penn, elsewhere in the US and abroad.  While CURF strives to maintain a thorough and up-to-date website, these listings are not comprehensive and students are encouraged to conduct their own funding searches.

What grants should I apply for?

The Penn Undergraduate Research Mentorship (PURM) program is ideal for first and second-year students who have little to no prior research experience.  For more advanced researchers, the College Alumni Society Research Grant, the Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant, and the Class of 1971 Robert J. Holtz Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Research are good places to start.

Other options are often specific to particular populations or kinds of research (e.g. grants for international research, social-impact endeavors, or for juniors who have not done research before). 

Title Deadlinesort descending
Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (MURAP) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
American Psychological Association Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Ralph Bunche Summer Institute
American Friends of Herculaneum (AFOH) Scholarships
Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
Henry M. Jackson Internship Program
Penn English Undergraduate Research Grants
School of Engineering Undergraduate Research Fund
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE
EPFL School of Life Sciences International Summer Research Program
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship Program
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Scholars Program
Positive Psychology Center Undergraduate Research Assistants
ASM's Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF)
Gutmann-Doyle Research Opportunities Fund
SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience): Natural and Biomedical Sciences Program at Emory College
History Undergraduate Research Grants
Terry B. Heled Travel & Research Grant
Monell’s Science Apprenticeship Program
Summer Training as Research Scholars Program at Boston University
The Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems Undergraduate Summer Programs
NNCI Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Nanotechnology
College of Arts & Sciences Travel Grant
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Standards and Technology
Gates Center Summer Internship Program
Italia Innovation: Excellence at Scale
Museum Studies Internship Program at Philadelphia Museum of Art
Perry World House Research Fellow
The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program
Manufacturing Renaissance: California Innovation
Center for High Impact Philanthropy
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
Perry World House Project on Borders and Boundaries in World Politics
Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)
ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence
Penn's Green Fund
Google Public Policy Fellowship
College House Research Fellows
Penn Undergraduate Urban Research Colloquium
The National Institutes for Health
Arts Intern Philadelphia
DOE Office of Science Education
Summer Research Internship at Columbia Business School
American Heart Association Undergraduate Student Summer Fellowship Program
Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
UROP International at RWTH Aachen University January 5, 2020
REU Sites: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences January 28, 2020
Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law Summer Internship Program January 31, 2020
CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) January 31, 2020
Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) Summer Internship Program February 1, 2020
Leonard Davis Institute Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Institute February 1, 2020
National Radio Astronomy Summer Research Assistantships February 3, 2020
South Asia Center Research Internships February 4, 2020
Summer Undergraduate Internships in Clinical and Translational Science February 7, 2020
Wharton Summer Program for Undergraduate Research February 17, 2020
Wharton Social Impact Research Experience (WSIRE) February 17, 2020
Penn Biomedical Graduate Studies Summer Undergraduate Internship Program February 18, 2020
Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) February 28, 2020
Summer Scholars Program February 28, 2020
Department of South Asia Studies Undergraduate Research Grants March 1, 2020
The Melvin M. Goldberg Undergraduate Fellowship of $5000 for Research in Israel March 1, 2020
Italia Innovation: Meaningful Companies March 1, 2020
Thune Summer Travel Fellowship Fund March 2, 2020
The Amici Prize: Undergraduate Research in Italian Studies March 8, 2020
Sigma Xi Grant March 15, 2020
Lynda S. Hart Award in Sexuality Studies March 16, 2020
Nnamdi Azikiwe African Studies Prize March 20, 2020
Center for Africana Studies Distinguished Student Prize March 20, 2020
Samuel and Esther Goldin Endowment Award March 20, 2020
Merle Saunders Schaff Memorial Awards March 20, 2020
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Senior Thesis Award in Women's Studies March 30, 2020
Golden Key Research Grant March 30, 2020
US Fish and Wildlife Summer Internships April 2, 2020
US Dept of Energy Internships April 2, 2020
Field Research Fellowship Program with American Center for Mongolian Studies April 30, 2020
Koch Internship Program April 30, 2020
The Hassenfeld Grant for Undergraduate Research in Urban Studies May 15, 2020
The Raymond W. Sarber Awards July 1, 2020
Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI) Summer Scholar Program September 18, 2020
Volunteer Internship Program with PCI Ventures September 18, 2020
Mongolia Field School Program October 12, 2020
The Water Center at Penn Student Research Support Program October 15, 2020
Goldfein Research Awards November 6, 2020
Brenner Special Opportunity Awards November 6, 2020
Louis Schwartz and Elaine Friedman Schwartz Memorial Fund November 6, 2020
NASA Internships and Fellowships November 6, 2020
Sachs Program for Arts Innovation November 20, 2020
Penn Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP) January 7, 2021
Undergraduate Clinical Scholars Program (UCSP) January 8, 2021
GIANT International Internship Programme (GIIP) January 15, 2021
Department of Medicine Undergraduate Student Scholars Program (USSP) January 22, 2021
Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program January 24, 2021
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program January 25, 2021
MindCore: Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies January 31, 2021
The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) February 1, 2021
Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) February 3, 2021
AAPM’s “DREAM” Program - Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program February 3, 2021
SUPERS@Penn February 3, 2021
Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program February 3, 2021
FactCheck.Org Fellowship February 7, 2021
Humanity in Action February 14, 2021
Entry Point February 15, 2021
Perry World House Student Fellows February 20, 2021
SNF Paideia Fellowship February 21, 2021
Summer Humanities Internship Program (SHIP) February 28, 2021
Communication within the Curriculum February 28, 2021
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative Undergraduate Internship March 1, 2021
Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) March 2, 2021
Hayden Scholars March 15, 2021
The Urban Studies Program Gordon Fellowship March 19, 2021
Andrea Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants March 21, 2021
Wolf Humanities Center March 22, 2021
LGBTQ & Gender Studies Undergraduate Student Research Expense Grants March 30, 2021
Velay Fellows April 2, 2021
Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration (CSERI) Turner Schulman Undergraduate Fellowships April 2, 2021
Center for the Advanced Study of India April 4, 2021
Penn Museum Field Research Grants April 9, 2021
Penn Museum Fellows April 9, 2021
José Miguel Oviedo Undergraduate Student Paper Award April 11, 2021
South Asia Studies Holden Furber Prize April 23, 2021
Penn IUR Fellows in Urban Leadership May 10, 2021
camra Fellows May 21, 2021
Seltzer Family Digital Media Awards June 1, 2021
Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows Program July 19, 2021
Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) August 25, 2021
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates August 25, 2021
Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellows October 1, 2021
Pincus-Magaziner Family Undergraduate Research Fund October 24, 2021
Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant October 24, 2021
College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant October 24, 2021
Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies Student Research Fellowship November 23, 2021
Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM) January 21, 2022
Grants for Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research January 23, 2022
Team Grants for Interdisciplinary Activities (TGIA) January 23, 2022
Gelfman International Summer Fund March 13, 2022
Jumpstart for Juniors March 13, 2022
Association of Alumnae Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Award March 13, 2022
Class of 1971 Robert J. Holtz Fund March 13, 2022
Penn Undergraduate Sustainability Action Grant March 13, 2022
Rose Award March 27, 2022
Joseph Warner Yardley Prize March 27, 2022
Bodek Prize for Research on Interracial and Interfaith Relations March 27, 2022
ASAM Fellows Program April 15, 2022
Title Deadlinesort ascending
Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellows October 1, 2021
Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) August 25, 2021
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates August 25, 2021
Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows Program July 19, 2021
Seltzer Family Digital Media Awards June 1, 2021
camra Fellows May 21, 2021
Penn IUR Fellows in Urban Leadership May 10, 2021
South Asia Studies Holden Furber Prize April 23, 2021
José Miguel Oviedo Undergraduate Student Paper Award April 11, 2021
Penn Museum Field Research Grants April 9, 2021
Penn Museum Fellows April 9, 2021
Center for the Advanced Study of India April 4, 2021
Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration (CSERI) Turner Schulman Undergraduate Fellowships April 2, 2021
Velay Fellows April 2, 2021
LGBTQ & Gender Studies Undergraduate Student Research Expense Grants March 30, 2021
Wolf Humanities Center March 22, 2021
Andrea Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants March 21, 2021
The Urban Studies Program Gordon Fellowship March 19, 2021
Hayden Scholars March 15, 2021
Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) March 2, 2021
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative Undergraduate Internship March 1, 2021
Summer Humanities Internship Program (SHIP) February 28, 2021
Communication within the Curriculum February 28, 2021
SNF Paideia Fellowship February 21, 2021
Perry World House Student Fellows February 20, 2021
Entry Point February 15, 2021
Humanity in Action February 14, 2021
FactCheck.Org Fellowship February 7, 2021
Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program February 3, 2021
SUPERS@Penn February 3, 2021
Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) February 3, 2021
AAPM’s “DREAM” Program - Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program February 3, 2021
The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) February 1, 2021
MindCore: Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies January 31, 2021
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program January 25, 2021
Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program January 24, 2021
Department of Medicine Undergraduate Student Scholars Program (USSP) January 22, 2021
GIANT International Internship Programme (GIIP) January 15, 2021
Undergraduate Clinical Scholars Program (UCSP) January 8, 2021
Penn Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP) January 7, 2021
Sachs Program for Arts Innovation November 20, 2020
Goldfein Research Awards November 6, 2020
Brenner Special Opportunity Awards November 6, 2020
Louis Schwartz and Elaine Friedman Schwartz Memorial Fund November 6, 2020
NASA Internships and Fellowships November 6, 2020
The Water Center at Penn Student Research Support Program October 15, 2020
Mongolia Field School Program October 12, 2020
Volunteer Internship Program with PCI Ventures September 18, 2020
Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI) Summer Scholar Program September 18, 2020
The Raymond W. Sarber Awards July 1, 2020
The Hassenfeld Grant for Undergraduate Research in Urban Studies May 15, 2020
Field Research Fellowship Program with American Center for Mongolian Studies April 30, 2020
Koch Internship Program April 30, 2020
US Dept of Energy Internships April 2, 2020
US Fish and Wildlife Summer Internships April 2, 2020
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Senior Thesis Award in Women's Studies March 30, 2020
Golden Key Research Grant March 30, 2020
Center for Africana Studies Distinguished Student Prize March 20, 2020
Samuel and Esther Goldin Endowment Award March 20, 2020
Merle Saunders Schaff Memorial Awards March 20, 2020
Nnamdi Azikiwe African Studies Prize March 20, 2020
Lynda S. Hart Award in Sexuality Studies March 16, 2020
Sigma Xi Grant March 15, 2020
The Amici Prize: Undergraduate Research in Italian Studies March 8, 2020
Thune Summer Travel Fellowship Fund March 2, 2020
Italia Innovation: Meaningful Companies March 1, 2020
Department of South Asia Studies Undergraduate Research Grants March 1, 2020
The Melvin M. Goldberg Undergraduate Fellowship of $5000 for Research in Israel March 1, 2020
Summer Scholars Program February 28, 2020
Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) February 28, 2020
Penn Biomedical Graduate Studies Summer Undergraduate Internship Program February 18, 2020
Wharton Summer Program for Undergraduate Research February 17, 2020
Wharton Social Impact Research Experience (WSIRE) February 17, 2020
Summer Undergraduate Internships in Clinical and Translational Science February 7, 2020
South Asia Center Research Internships February 4, 2020
National Radio Astronomy Summer Research Assistantships February 3, 2020
Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) Summer Internship Program February 1, 2020
Leonard Davis Institute Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Institute February 1, 2020
CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) January 31, 2020
Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law Summer Internship Program January 31, 2020
REU Sites: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences January 28, 2020
UROP International at RWTH Aachen University January 5, 2020
Title Deadlinesort descending
National Institutes of Standards and Technology
American Psychological Association Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence
Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)
Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
The National Institutes for Health
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Scholars Program
NNCI Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Nanotechnology
College House Research Fellows
Perry World House Research Fellow
The Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems Undergraduate Summer Programs
Penn English Undergraduate Research Grants
Penn's Green Fund
Arts Intern Philadelphia
Gutmann-Doyle Research Opportunities Fund
Summer Research Internship at Columbia Business School
Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
History Undergraduate Research Grants
Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (MURAP) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Positive Psychology Center Undergraduate Research Assistants
Penn Undergraduate Urban Research Colloquium
American Friends of Herculaneum (AFOH) Scholarships
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
School of Engineering Undergraduate Research Fund
EPFL School of Life Sciences International Summer Research Program
ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Terry B. Heled Travel & Research Grant
SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience): Natural and Biomedical Sciences Program at Emory College
Ralph Bunche Summer Institute
College of Arts & Sciences Travel Grant
Summer Training as Research Scholars Program at Boston University
Henry M. Jackson Internship Program
Center for High Impact Philanthropy
Gates Center Summer Internship Program
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship Program
DOE Office of Science Education
Museum Studies Internship Program at Philadelphia Museum of Art
ASM's Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF)
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE
The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program
Italia Innovation: Excellence at Scale
Monell’s Science Apprenticeship Program
Google Public Policy Fellowship
Manufacturing Renaissance: California Innovation
National Institute on Drug Abuse
American Heart Association Undergraduate Student Summer Fellowship Program
Perry World House Project on Borders and Boundaries in World Politics