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Funding Opportunities

Please note that CURF advisors remain available and are continuing to advise students with questions about research. In light of COVID-19, advising is currently occurring remotely. Please use this Calendly link to schedule a phone, Skype, or BlueJeans appointment with Dr. Ann Vernon-Grey.

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
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Museum Studies Internship Program at Philadelphia Museum of Art
Perry World House Research Fellow
Center for High Impact Philanthropy
The Hassenfeld Grant for Undergraduate Research in Urban Studies
Manufacturing Renaissance: California Innovation
Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
College House Research Fellows
Penn Undergraduate Urban Research Colloquium
Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration (CSERI) Turner Schulman Undergraduate Fellowships
South Asia Studies Holden Furber Prize
DOE Office of Science Education
American Heart Association Undergraduate Student Summer Fellowship Program
Arts Intern Philadelphia
The Water Center at Penn Student Research Support Program
American Psychological Association Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
Penn English Undergraduate Research Grants
School of Engineering Undergraduate Research Fund
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Scholars Program
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship Program
Gutmann-Doyle Research Opportunities Fund
SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience): Natural and Biomedical Sciences Program at Emory College
Positive Psychology Center Undergraduate Research Assistants
Terry B. Heled Travel & Research Grant
The Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems Undergraduate Summer Programs
Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program
Volunteer Internship Program with PCI Ventures
Humanity in Action January 5, 2020
UROP International at RWTH Aachen University January 5, 2020
Penn Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP) January 5, 2020
GIANT International Internship Programme (GIIP) January 6, 2020
Ralph Bunche Summer Institute January 17, 2020
Undergraduate Clinical Scholars Program (UCSP) January 17, 2020
Team Grants for Interdisciplinary Activities (TGIA) January 19, 2020
Grants for Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research January 19, 2020
Monell’s Science Apprenticeship Program January 21, 2020
Sachs Program for Arts Innovation January 24, 2020
Department of Medicine Undergraduate Student Scholars Program (USSP) January 25, 2020
REU Sites: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences January 28, 2020
The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program January 31, 2020
CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) January 31, 2020
EPFL School of Life Sciences International Summer Research Program January 31, 2020
Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law Summer Internship Program January 31, 2020
Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) February 1, 2020
Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) February 1, 2020
Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) Summer Internship Program February 1, 2020
Leonard Davis Institute Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Institute February 1, 2020
ASM's Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) February 1, 2020
Summer Training as Research Scholars Program at Boston University February 1, 2020
College of Arts & Sciences Travel Grant February 1, 2020
The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) February 1, 2020
Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program February 2, 2020
SUPERS@Penn February 3, 2020
Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program February 3, 2020
FactCheck.Org Fellowship February 3, 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
Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (MURAP) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill February 7, 2020
CTSA Translational Research Internship Program February 7, 2020
Summer Humanities Internships February 9, 2020
National Institutes of Standards and Technology February 9, 2020
National Institute on Drug Abuse February 10, 2020
Gates Center Summer Internship Program February 11, 2020
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative Undergraduate Internship February 14, 2020
Perry World House Student Fellows February 14, 2020
Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies Student Research Fellowship February 15, 2020
Google Public Policy Fellowship February 15, 2020
Communication within the Curriculum February 15, 2020
Entry Point February 15, 2020
NNCI Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Nanotechnology February 15, 2020
Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM) February 16, 2020
Wharton Social Impact Research Experience (WSIRE) February 17, 2020
Wharton Summer Program for Undergraduate Research February 17, 2020
Penn Biomedical Graduate Studies Summer Undergraduate Internship Program February 18, 2020
Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) February 28, 2020
The Urban Studies Program Gordon Fellowship February 28, 2020
Italia Innovation: Excellence at Scale March 1, 2020
Italia Innovation: Meaningful Companies March 1, 2020
MindCore: Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies March 1, 2020
The National Institutes for Health March 1, 2020
Summer Research Internship at Columbia Business School 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
Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) March 2, 2020
Thune Summer Travel Fellowship Fund March 2, 2020
Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI) Summer Scholar Program March 2, 2020
José Miguel Oviedo Undergraduate Student Paper Award March 3, 2020
Association of Alumnae Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Award March 8, 2020
NASA Internships and Fellowships March 8, 2020
The Amici Prize: Undergraduate Research in Italian Studies March 8, 2020
Class of 1971 Robert J. Holtz Fund March 9, 2020
Penn Undergraduate Sustainability Action Grant March 9, 2020
College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant March 9, 2020
Pincus-Magaziner Family Undergraduate Research Fund March 9, 2020
Gelfman International Summer Fund March 9, 2020
Jumpstart for Juniors March 9, 2020
Sigma Xi Grant March 15, 2020
ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships March 15, 2020
ASAM Fellows Program March 16, 2020
Lynda S. Hart Award in Sexuality Studies March 16, 2020
Goldfein Research Awards March 20, 2020
Penn Museum Field Research Grants March 20, 2020
Brenner Special Opportunity Awards March 20, 2020
Penn Museum Fellows March 20, 2020
Louis Schwartz and Elaine Friedman Schwartz Memorial Fund 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
Center for Africana Studies Distinguished Student Prize March 20, 2020
Wolf Humanities Center March 22, 2020
Andrea Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants March 22, 2020
Center for the Advanced Study of India March 23, 2020
Joseph Warner Yardley Prize March 29, 2020
Bodek Prize for Research on Interracial and Interfaith Relations March 29, 2020
Rose Award March 29, 2020
Henry M. Jackson Internship Program March 29, 2020
Golden Key Research Grant March 30, 2020
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Senior Thesis Award in Women's Studies March 30, 2020
American Friends of Herculaneum (AFOH) Scholarships April 1, 2020
Penn IUR Fellows in Urban Leadership April 1, 2020
US Fish and Wildlife Summer Internships April 2, 2020
US Dept of Energy Internships April 2, 2020
Seltzer Family Digital Media Awards April 15, 2020
Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows Program April 15, 2020
camra Fellows April 24, 2020
Penn's Green Fund April 25, 2020
Perry World House Project on Borders and Boundaries in World Politics April 26, 2020
Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence April 26, 2020
Koch Internship Program April 30, 2020
Mongolia Field School Program April 30, 2020
Field Research Fellowship Program with American Center for Mongolian Studies April 30, 2020
LGBTQ & Gender Studies Undergraduate Student Research Expense Grants May 1, 2020
Jacobs Levy Center Summer Assistant Positions May 1, 2020
History Undergraduate Research Grants May 3, 2020
Hayden Scholars May 31, 2020
The Raymond W. Sarber Awards July 1, 2020
Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) August 26, 2020
Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant October 25, 2020
Title Deadlinesort ascending
US Fish and Wildlife Summer Internships April 2, 2020
US Dept of Energy Internships April 2, 2020
Penn IUR Fellows in Urban Leadership April 1, 2020
American Friends of Herculaneum (AFOH) Scholarships April 1, 2020
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Senior Thesis Award in Women's Studies March 30, 2020
Golden Key Research Grant March 30, 2020
Bodek Prize for Research on Interracial and Interfaith Relations March 29, 2020
Henry M. Jackson Internship Program March 29, 2020
Joseph Warner Yardley Prize March 29, 2020
Rose Award March 29, 2020
Center for the Advanced Study of India March 23, 2020
Andrea Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants March 22, 2020
Wolf Humanities Center March 22, 2020
Goldfein Research Awards March 20, 2020
Brenner Special Opportunity Awards March 20, 2020
Louis Schwartz and Elaine Friedman Schwartz Memorial Fund 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
Center for Africana Studies Distinguished Student Prize March 20, 2020
Penn Museum Field Research Grants March 20, 2020
Penn Museum Fellows March 20, 2020
ASAM Fellows Program March 16, 2020
Lynda S. Hart Award in Sexuality Studies March 16, 2020
Sigma Xi Grant March 15, 2020
ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships March 15, 2020
Class of 1971 Robert J. Holtz Fund March 9, 2020
College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant March 9, 2020
Jumpstart for Juniors March 9, 2020
Gelfman International Summer Fund March 9, 2020
Penn Undergraduate Sustainability Action Grant March 9, 2020
Pincus-Magaziner Family Undergraduate Research Fund March 9, 2020
Association of Alumnae Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Award March 8, 2020
The Amici Prize: Undergraduate Research in Italian Studies March 8, 2020
NASA Internships and Fellowships March 8, 2020
José Miguel Oviedo Undergraduate Student Paper Award March 3, 2020
Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) March 2, 2020
Thune Summer Travel Fellowship Fund March 2, 2020
Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI) Summer Scholar Program March 2, 2020
The National Institutes for Health March 1, 2020
Department of South Asia Studies Undergraduate Research Grants March 1, 2020
MindCore: Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies March 1, 2020
Italia Innovation: Excellence at Scale March 1, 2020
Italia Innovation: Meaningful Companies March 1, 2020
The Melvin M. Goldberg Undergraduate Fellowship of $5000 for Research in Israel March 1, 2020
Summer Research Internship at Columbia Business School March 1, 2020
Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) February 28, 2020
The Urban Studies Program Gordon Fellowship February 28, 2020
Penn Biomedical Graduate Studies Summer Undergraduate Internship Program February 18, 2020
Wharton Social Impact Research Experience (WSIRE) February 17, 2020
Wharton Summer Program for Undergraduate Research February 17, 2020
Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM) February 16, 2020
Entry Point February 15, 2020
NNCI Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Nanotechnology February 15, 2020
Communication within the Curriculum February 15, 2020
Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies Student Research Fellowship February 15, 2020
Google Public Policy Fellowship February 15, 2020
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative Undergraduate Internship February 14, 2020
Perry World House Student Fellows February 14, 2020
Gates Center Summer Internship Program February 11, 2020
National Institute on Drug Abuse February 10, 2020
Summer Humanities Internships February 9, 2020
National Institutes of Standards and Technology February 9, 2020
Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (MURAP) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill February 7, 2020
Summer Undergraduate Internships in Clinical and Translational Science February 7, 2020
CTSA Translational Research Internship Program February 7, 2020
South Asia Center Research Internships February 4, 2020
SUPERS@Penn February 3, 2020
FactCheck.Org Fellowship February 3, 2020
Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program February 3, 2020
National Radio Astronomy Summer Research Assistantships February 3, 2020
Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program February 2, 2020
Leonard Davis Institute Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Institute February 1, 2020
College of Arts & Sciences Travel Grant February 1, 2020
ASM's Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) February 1, 2020
Summer Training as Research Scholars Program at Boston University February 1, 2020
Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) February 1, 2020
Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) Summer Internship Program February 1, 2020
The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) February 1, 2020
Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) February 1, 2020
EPFL School of Life Sciences International Summer Research Program January 31, 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
The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program January 31, 2020
REU Sites: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences January 28, 2020
Department of Medicine Undergraduate Student Scholars Program (USSP) January 25, 2020
Sachs Program for Arts Innovation January 24, 2020
Monell’s Science Apprenticeship Program January 21, 2020
Grants for Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research January 19, 2020
Team Grants for Interdisciplinary Activities (TGIA) January 19, 2020
Ralph Bunche Summer Institute January 17, 2020
Undergraduate Clinical Scholars Program (UCSP) January 17, 2020
GIANT International Internship Programme (GIIP) January 6, 2020
UROP International at RWTH Aachen University January 5, 2020
Humanity in Action January 5, 2020
Penn Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP) January 5, 2020
Title Deadlinesort descending
SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience): Natural and Biomedical Sciences Program at Emory College
College House Research Fellows
Volunteer Internship Program with PCI Ventures
Penn English Undergraduate Research Grants
Museum Studies Internship Program at Philadelphia Museum of Art
Gutmann-Doyle Research Opportunities Fund
American Heart Association Undergraduate Student Summer Fellowship Program
Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program
American Psychological Association Undergraduate Research Opportunities
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Scholars Program
Penn Undergraduate Urban Research Colloquium
The Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems Undergraduate Summer Programs
School of Engineering Undergraduate Research Fund
Arts Intern Philadelphia
Terry B. Heled Travel & Research Grant
Positive Psychology Center Undergraduate Research Assistants
Center for High Impact Philanthropy
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
DOE Office of Science Education
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship Program
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE
Manufacturing Renaissance: California Innovation
Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)
South Asia Studies Holden Furber Prize
Perry World House Research Fellow
The Water Center at Penn Student Research Support Program
The Hassenfeld Grant for Undergraduate Research in Urban Studies
Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration (CSERI) Turner Schulman Undergraduate Fellowships