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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
Penn English Undergraduate Research Grants
School of Engineering Undergraduate Research Fund
Gutmann-Doyle Research Opportunities Fund
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE
GIANT International Internship Program
Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration (CSERI) Turner Schulman Undergraduate Fellowships
Terry B. Heled Travel & Research Grant
John Parker Fellowship
American Heart Association Undergraduate Student Summer Fellowship Program
California Innovation: Manufacturing Renaissance
Thune Summer Travel Fellowship Fund
JYI Science Career Center
American Psychological Association Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Arts Intern Philadelphia
Supported Undergraduate Positions on Summer Research Teams
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates
National Institute on Drug Abuse
South Asia Studies Holden Furber Prize
National Institutes of Standards and Technology
SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience): Natural and Biomedical Sciences Program at Emory College
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Scholars Program
Ayn Rand Institute Internship
The Water Center at Penn Student Research Support Program
Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
The Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems Undergraduate Summer Programs
Positive Psychology Center Undergraduate Research Assistants
Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI) Summer Scholar Program
José Miguel Oviedo Undergraduate Student Paper Award
Perry World House Research Fellow
Museum Studies Internship Program at Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Wharton Public Policy Initiative (PPI) Internship Funding
DOE Office of Science Education
Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)
camra Fellows October 6, 2017
Center for High Impact Philanthropy September 28, 2018
College House Research Fellows December 1, 2018
Penn Undergraduate Urban Research Colloquium December 7, 2018
Penn Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP) January 6, 2019
Undergraduate Clinical Scholars Program (UCSP) January 25, 2019
Volunteer Internship Program with PCI Ventures January 25, 2019
Department of Medicine Undergraduate Student Scholars Program (USSP) January 25, 2019
REU Sites: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences January 29, 2019
CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) January 31, 2019
Leonard Davis Institute Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Institute February 1, 2019
Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP) February 1, 2019
SUPERS@Penn February 4, 2019
Summer Humanities Internships February 8, 2019
Summer Undergraduate Internships in Clinical and Translational Science February 8, 2019
South Asia Center Research Internships February 11, 2019
Perry World House Student Fellows February 11, 2019
Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program February 11, 2019
Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies Student Research Fellowship February 15, 2019
Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law Summer Internship Program February 15, 2019
Communication within the Curriculum February 15, 2019
The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) February 15, 2019
Wharton Social Impact Research Experience (WSIRE) February 18, 2019
Wharton Summer Program for Undergraduate Research February 18, 2019
Louis Schwartz and Elaine Friedman Schwartz Memorial Fund February 25, 2019
Samuel and Esther Goldin Endowment Award February 25, 2019
Merle Saunders Schaff Memorial Awards February 25, 2019
National Radio Astronomy Summer Research Assistantships February 27, 2019
MindCore: Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies March 1, 2019
Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies Summer Internship March 1, 2019
Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) March 1, 2019
The Melvin M. Goldberg Undergraduate Fellowship of $5000 for Research in Israel March 1, 2019
Penn Museum Fellows March 8, 2019
The Amici Prize: Undergraduate Research in Italian Studies March 10, 2019
Center for the Advanced Study of India March 11, 2019
Goldfein Research Awards March 15, 2019
Brenner Special Opportunity Awards March 15, 2019
Sigma Xi Grant March 15, 2019
Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) March 15, 2019
Penn Museum Field Research Grants March 15, 2019
Andrea Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants March 15, 2019
Center for Africana Studies Distinguished Student Prize March 20, 2019
Wolf Humanities Center March 20, 2019
Hayden Scholars March 22, 2019
Lynda S. Hart Award in Sexuality Studies March 25, 2019
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Senior Thesis Award in Women's Studies March 25, 2019
The Hassenfeld Grant for Undergraduate Research in Urban Studies March 29, 2019
The Gordon Family Award for Urban Studies Public Service Internship March 29, 2019
Seltzer Family Digital Media Awards March 31, 2019
Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellows April 1, 2019
Department of South Asia Studies Undergraduate Research Grants April 1, 2019
Penn IUR Fellows in Urban Leadership April 1, 2019
US Dept of Energy Internships April 2, 2019
Dr. Rosane Rocher Prize April 2, 2019
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship Program April 2, 2019
Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows Program April 15, 2019
Department of Urban Studies April 15, 2019
Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence April 26, 2019
Golden Key Research Grant May 10, 2019
The Raymond W. Sarber Awards July 1, 2019
Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant October 20, 2019
Pincus-Magaziner Family Undergraduate Research Fund October 20, 2019
Phi Beta Kappa Humanities Prize November 1, 2019
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students November 15, 2019
Monell’s Science Apprenticeship Program December 16, 2019
Humanity in Action January 5, 2020
UROP International at RWTH Aachen University January 15, 2020
Ralph Bunche Summer Institute January 17, 2020
Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM) January 17, 2020
Grants for Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research January 19, 2020
Team Grants for Interdisciplinary Activities (TGIA) January 19, 2020
Sachs Program for Arts Innovation January 24, 2020
EPFL School of Life Sciences International Summer Research Program January 31, 2020
The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program January 31, 2020
College of Arts & Sciences Travel Grant February 1, 2020
Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) February 1, 2020
Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) February 1, 2020
Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) Summer Internship Program February 1, 2020
Summer Training as Research Scholars Program at Boston University February 1, 2020
ASM's Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) February 1, 2020
FactCheck.Org Fellowship February 3, 2020
Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program February 3, 2020
Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (MURAP) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill February 7, 2020
Gates Center Summer Internship Program February 11, 2020
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative Undergraduate Internship February 14, 2020
Google Public Policy Fellowship February 15, 2020
Entry Point February 15, 2020
The Urban Studies Program Gordon Fellowship Award February 28, 2020
The National Institutes for Health March 1, 2020
Italia Innovation: Excellence at Scale March 1, 2020
Summer Research Internship at Columbia Business School March 1, 2020
Italia Innovation: Meaningful Companies March 1, 2020
NASA Internships and Fellowships March 8, 2020
Association of Alumnae Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Award March 8, 2020
Gelfman International Summer Fund March 9, 2020
Jumpstart for Juniors March 9, 2020
Class of 1971 Robert J. Holtz Fund March 9, 2020
College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant March 9, 2020
Penn Undergraduate Sustainability Action Grant March 9, 2020
ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships March 15, 2020
ASAM Fellows Program March 16, 2020
Nnamdi Azikiwe African Studies Prize March 20, 2020
Rose Award March 29, 2020
Bodek Prize for Research on Interracial and Interfaith Relations March 29, 2020
Joseph Warner Yardley Prize March 29, 2020
Henry M. Jackson Internship Program March 29, 2020
American Friends of Herculaneum (AFOH) Scholarships April 1, 2020
US Fish and Wildlife Summer Internships April 2, 2020
Penn's Green Fund April 25, 2020
Perry World House Project on Borders and Boundaries in World Politics April 26, 2020
Mongolia Field School Program April 30, 2020
Field Research Fellowship Program with American Center for Mongolian Studies April 30, 2020
Jacobs Levy Center Summer Assistant Positions May 1, 2020
LGBTQ & Gender Studies Undergraduate Student Research Expense Grants May 1, 2020
History Undergraduate Research Grants May 3, 2020
Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) August 26, 2020
Title Deadlinesort ascending
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students November 15, 2019
Phi Beta Kappa Humanities Prize November 1, 2019
Pincus-Magaziner Family Undergraduate Research Fund October 20, 2019
Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant October 20, 2019
The Raymond W. Sarber Awards July 1, 2019
Golden Key Research Grant May 10, 2019
Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence April 26, 2019
Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows Program April 15, 2019
Department of Urban Studies April 15, 2019
US Dept of Energy Internships April 2, 2019
Dr. Rosane Rocher Prize April 2, 2019
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship Program April 2, 2019
Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellows April 1, 2019
Department of South Asia Studies Undergraduate Research Grants April 1, 2019
Penn IUR Fellows in Urban Leadership April 1, 2019
Seltzer Family Digital Media Awards March 31, 2019
The Gordon Family Award for Urban Studies Public Service Internship March 29, 2019
The Hassenfeld Grant for Undergraduate Research in Urban Studies March 29, 2019
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Senior Thesis Award in Women's Studies March 25, 2019
Lynda S. Hart Award in Sexuality Studies March 25, 2019
Hayden Scholars March 22, 2019
Center for Africana Studies Distinguished Student Prize March 20, 2019
Wolf Humanities Center March 20, 2019
Andrea Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants March 15, 2019
Sigma Xi Grant March 15, 2019
Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) March 15, 2019
Penn Museum Field Research Grants March 15, 2019
Goldfein Research Awards March 15, 2019
Brenner Special Opportunity Awards March 15, 2019
Center for the Advanced Study of India March 11, 2019
The Amici Prize: Undergraduate Research in Italian Studies March 10, 2019
Penn Museum Fellows March 8, 2019
Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) March 1, 2019
Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies Summer Internship March 1, 2019
MindCore: Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies March 1, 2019
The Melvin M. Goldberg Undergraduate Fellowship of $5000 for Research in Israel March 1, 2019
National Radio Astronomy Summer Research Assistantships February 27, 2019
Louis Schwartz and Elaine Friedman Schwartz Memorial Fund February 25, 2019
Samuel and Esther Goldin Endowment Award February 25, 2019
Merle Saunders Schaff Memorial Awards February 25, 2019
Wharton Social Impact Research Experience (WSIRE) February 18, 2019
Wharton Summer Program for Undergraduate Research February 18, 2019
Communication within the Curriculum February 15, 2019
Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies Student Research Fellowship February 15, 2019
The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) February 15, 2019
Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law Summer Internship Program February 15, 2019
Perry World House Student Fellows February 11, 2019
Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program February 11, 2019
South Asia Center Research Internships February 11, 2019
Summer Undergraduate Internships in Clinical and Translational Science February 8, 2019
Summer Humanities Internships February 8, 2019
SUPERS@Penn February 4, 2019
Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP) February 1, 2019
Leonard Davis Institute Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Institute February 1, 2019
CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) January 31, 2019
REU Sites: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences January 29, 2019
Volunteer Internship Program with PCI Ventures January 25, 2019
Undergraduate Clinical Scholars Program (UCSP) January 25, 2019
Department of Medicine Undergraduate Student Scholars Program (USSP) January 25, 2019
Penn Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP) January 6, 2019
Penn Undergraduate Urban Research Colloquium December 7, 2018
College House Research Fellows December 1, 2018
Center for High Impact Philanthropy September 28, 2018
camra Fellows October 6, 2017
Title Deadlinesort descending
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE
Arts Intern Philadelphia
GIANT International Internship Program
Supported Undergraduate Positions on Summer Research Teams
JYI Science Career Center
Positive Psychology Center Undergraduate Research Assistants
National Institute on Drug Abuse
José Miguel Oviedo Undergraduate Student Paper Award
National Institutes of Standards and Technology
Ayn Rand Institute Internship
Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)
California Innovation: Manufacturing Renaissance
Perry World House Research Fellow
South Asia Studies Holden Furber Prize
Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration (CSERI) Turner Schulman Undergraduate Fellowships
The Water Center at Penn Student Research Support Program
Penn English Undergraduate Research Grants
SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience): Natural and Biomedical Sciences Program at Emory College
Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
Gutmann-Doyle Research Opportunities Fund
Museum Studies Internship Program at Philadelphia Museum of Art
John Parker Fellowship
American Heart Association Undergraduate Student Summer Fellowship Program
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates
American Psychological Association Undergraduate Research Opportunities
School of Engineering Undergraduate Research Fund
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Scholars Program
Terry B. Heled Travel & Research Grant
The Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems Undergraduate Summer Programs
Thune Summer Travel Fellowship Fund
Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI) Summer Scholar Program
DOE Office of Science Education
The Wharton Public Policy Initiative (PPI) Internship Funding