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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
Center for High Impact Philanthropy
Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)
Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
Penn's Green Fund
Google Public Policy Fellowship
Arts Intern Philadelphia
The National Institutes for Health
Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
College House Research Fellows
DOE Office of Science Education
American Psychological Association Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Henry M. Jackson Internship Program
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship Program
Positive Psychology Center Undergraduate Research Assistants
ASM's Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF)
School of Engineering Undergraduate Research Fund
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Scholars Program
Penn English Undergraduate Research Grants
Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)
The Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems Undergraduate Summer Programs
Gutmann-Doyle Research Opportunities Fund
Terry B. Heled Travel & Research Grant
Monell’s Science Apprenticeship Program
Summer Training as Research Scholars Program at Boston University
History Undergraduate Research Grants
College of Arts & Sciences Travel Grant
Italia Innovation: Excellence at Scale
Italia Innovation: Meaningful Companies
Manufacturing Renaissance: California Innovation
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
Perry World House Project on Borders and Boundaries in World Politics
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program
ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
REU Sites: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences January 28, 2020
Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law Summer Internship Program January 31, 2020
National Radio Astronomy Summer Research Assistantships February 3, 2020
South Asia Center Research Internships February 4, 2020
The Melvin M. Goldberg Undergraduate Fellowship of $5000 for Research in Israel March 1, 2020
The Amici Prize: Undergraduate Research in Italian Studies March 8, 2020
Sigma Xi Grant March 15, 2020
Samuel and Esther Goldin Endowment Award March 20, 2020
Center for Africana Studies Distinguished Student Prize March 20, 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
The Raymond W. Sarber Awards July 1, 2020
Volunteer Internship Program with PCI Ventures September 18, 2020
The Water Center at Penn Student Research Support Program October 15, 2020
Communication within the Curriculum February 28, 2021
American Friends of Herculaneum (AFOH) Scholarships April 10, 2021
Sachs Program for Arts Innovation October 4, 2021
Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant October 24, 2021
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE December 15, 2021
Penn Undergraduate Urban Research Colloquium December 31, 2021
Undergraduate Clinical Scholars Program (UCSP) January 7, 2022
UROP International at RWTH Aachen University January 12, 2022
Penn Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP) January 12, 2022
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program January 14, 2022
SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience): Natural and Biomedical Sciences Program at Emory College January 17, 2022
Ralph Bunche Summer Institute January 21, 2022
Grants for Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research January 24, 2022
Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program January 29, 2022
CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) January 31, 2022
Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program February 1, 2022
Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) Summer Internship Program February 1, 2022
Penn Biomedical Graduate Studies Summer Undergraduate Internship Program February 1, 2022
The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) February 1, 2022
Leonard Davis Institute Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Institute February 1, 2022
AAPM’s “DREAM” Program - Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program February 2, 2022
Summer Undergraduate Internships in Clinical and Translational Science February 4, 2022
SUPERS@Penn February 4, 2022
Department of Medicine Undergraduate Student Scholars Program (USSP) February 4, 2022
Wharton Social Impact Research Experience (WSIRE) February 8, 2022
Wharton Summer Program for Undergraduate Research February 8, 2022
FactCheck.Org Fellowship February 10, 2022
National Institute on Drug Abuse February 11, 2022
Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI) Summer Scholar Program February 11, 2022
Perry World House Research Fellow February 11, 2022
Humanity in Action February 13, 2022
Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (MURAP) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill February 14, 2022
National Institutes of Standards and Technology February 15, 2022
Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM) February 20, 2022
Entry Point February 21, 2022
MindCore: Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies February 22, 2022
Perry World House Student Fellows February 25, 2022
GIANT International Internship Programme (GIIP) February 25, 2022
Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies Student Research Fellowship February 26, 2022
SNF Paideia Fellowship February 27, 2022
Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) February 28, 2022
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Summer Scholars Program February 28, 2022
Summer Humanities Internship Program (SHIP) February 28, 2022
Museum Studies Internship Program at Philadelphia Museum of Art February 28, 2022
Summer Research Internship at Columbia Business School March 1, 2022
NNCI Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Nanotechnology March 1, 2022
Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) March 1, 2022
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative Undergraduate Internship March 4, 2022
Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration (CSERI) Turner Schulman Undergraduate Fellowships March 6, 2022
Thune Summer Travel Fellowship Fund March 15, 2022
Penn Museum Field Research Grants March 20, 2022
Class of 1971 Robert J. Holtz Fund March 20, 2022
Penn Undergraduate Sustainability Action Grant March 20, 2022
College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant March 20, 2022
Pincus-Magaziner Family Undergraduate Research Fund March 20, 2022
Andrea Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants March 20, 2022
Gelfman International Summer Fund March 20, 2022
Hayden Scholars March 20, 2022
Jumpstart for Juniors March 20, 2022
Frances Velay Fellows March 20, 2022
Association of Alumnae Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Award March 20, 2022
Paul and Kathleen Barthmaier Award March 20, 2022
Wolf Humanities Center March 21, 2022
Merle Saunders Schaff Memorial Awards March 21, 2022
Goldfein Research Awards March 21, 2022
Brenner Special Opportunity Awards March 21, 2022
Louis Schwartz and Elaine Friedman Schwartz Memorial Fund March 21, 2022
Bodek Prize for Research on Interracial and Interfaith Relations March 27, 2022
Rose Award March 27, 2022
Nnamdi Azikiwe African Studies Prize March 27, 2022
Joseph Warner Yardley Prize March 27, 2022
Mongolia Field School Program March 31, 2022
José Miguel Oviedo Undergraduate Student Paper Award March 31, 2022
Penn Student Government Public Service Fellowship April 1, 2022
Department of South Asia Studies Undergraduate Research Grants April 1, 2022
South Asia Studies Holden Furber Prize April 1, 2022
Center for the Advanced Study of India April 3, 2022
The Urban Studies Program Gordon Fellowship April 4, 2022
Lynda S. Hart Award in Sexuality Studies April 4, 2022
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Senior Thesis Award in Women's Studies April 4, 2022
LGBTQ & Gender Studies Undergraduate Student Research Expense Grants April 5, 2022
camra Fellows April 8, 2022
Koch Internship Program April 8, 2022
ASAM Fellows Program April 15, 2022
Penn Museum Fellows April 22, 2022
Student Exhibition Internship April 22, 2022
Seltzer Family Digital Media Awards May 1, 2022
The Hassenfeld Grant for Undergraduate Research in Urban Studies May 12, 2022
Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows Program May 15, 2022
Penn IUR Fellows in Urban Leadership May 27, 2022
H+U+D Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellows May 31, 2022
NASA Internships and Fellowships July 8, 2022
Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) November 1, 2022
Gates Center Summer Internship Program December 1, 2022
EPFL School of Life Sciences International Summer Research Program January 31, 2023
Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) February 1, 2023
Title Deadlinesort descending
REU Sites: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences January 28, 2020
Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law Summer Internship Program January 31, 2020
National Radio Astronomy Summer Research Assistantships February 3, 2020
South Asia Center Research Internships February 4, 2020
The Melvin M. Goldberg Undergraduate Fellowship of $5000 for Research in Israel March 1, 2020
The Amici Prize: Undergraduate Research in Italian Studies March 8, 2020
Sigma Xi Grant March 15, 2020
Samuel and Esther Goldin Endowment Award March 20, 2020
Center for Africana Studies Distinguished Student Prize March 20, 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
The Raymond W. Sarber Awards July 1, 2020
Volunteer Internship Program with PCI Ventures September 18, 2020
The Water Center at Penn Student Research Support Program October 15, 2020
Communication within the Curriculum February 28, 2021
American Friends of Herculaneum (AFOH) Scholarships April 10, 2021
Sachs Program for Arts Innovation October 4, 2021
Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant October 24, 2021
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE December 15, 2021
Penn Undergraduate Urban Research Colloquium December 31, 2021
Undergraduate Clinical Scholars Program (UCSP) January 7, 2022
Penn Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP) January 12, 2022
UROP International at RWTH Aachen University January 12, 2022
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program January 14, 2022
SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience): Natural and Biomedical Sciences Program at Emory College January 17, 2022
Ralph Bunche Summer Institute January 21, 2022
Grants for Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research January 24, 2022
Penn Program for Public Service Internship Program January 29, 2022
CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) January 31, 2022
Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program February 1, 2022
Leonard Davis Institute Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Institute February 1, 2022
Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) Summer Internship Program February 1, 2022
The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) February 1, 2022
Penn Biomedical Graduate Studies Summer Undergraduate Internship Program February 1, 2022
AAPM’s “DREAM” Program - Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program February 2, 2022
Summer Undergraduate Internships in Clinical and Translational Science February 4, 2022
SUPERS@Penn February 4, 2022
Department of Medicine Undergraduate Student Scholars Program (USSP) February 4, 2022
Wharton Social Impact Research Experience (WSIRE) February 8, 2022
Wharton Summer Program for Undergraduate Research February 8, 2022
FactCheck.Org Fellowship February 10, 2022
National Institute on Drug Abuse February 11, 2022
Perry World House Research Fellow February 11, 2022
Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI) Summer Scholar Program February 11, 2022
Humanity in Action February 13, 2022
Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (MURAP) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill February 14, 2022
National Institutes of Standards and Technology February 15, 2022
Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM) February 20, 2022
Entry Point February 21, 2022
MindCore: Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies February 22, 2022
GIANT International Internship Programme (GIIP) February 25, 2022
Perry World House Student Fellows February 25, 2022
Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies Student Research Fellowship February 26, 2022
SNF Paideia Fellowship February 27, 2022
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Summer Scholars Program February 28, 2022
Summer Humanities Internship Program (SHIP) February 28, 2022
Museum Studies Internship Program at Philadelphia Museum of Art February 28, 2022
Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) February 28, 2022
NNCI Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Nanotechnology March 1, 2022
Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) March 1, 2022
Summer Research Internship at Columbia Business School March 1, 2022
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative Undergraduate Internship March 4, 2022
Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration (CSERI) Turner Schulman Undergraduate Fellowships March 6, 2022
Thune Summer Travel Fellowship Fund March 15, 2022
Pincus-Magaziner Family Undergraduate Research Fund March 20, 2022
Class of 1971 Robert J. Holtz Fund March 20, 2022
College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant March 20, 2022
Andrea Mitchell Center Undergraduate Research Grants March 20, 2022
Frances Velay Fellows March 20, 2022
Association of Alumnae Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Award March 20, 2022
Paul and Kathleen Barthmaier Award March 20, 2022
Jumpstart for Juniors March 20, 2022
Penn Museum Field Research Grants March 20, 2022
Gelfman International Summer Fund March 20, 2022
Penn Undergraduate Sustainability Action Grant March 20, 2022
Hayden Scholars March 20, 2022
Goldfein Research Awards March 21, 2022
Brenner Special Opportunity Awards March 21, 2022
Louis Schwartz and Elaine Friedman Schwartz Memorial Fund March 21, 2022
Merle Saunders Schaff Memorial Awards March 21, 2022
Wolf Humanities Center March 21, 2022
Bodek Prize for Research on Interracial and Interfaith Relations March 27, 2022
Rose Award March 27, 2022
Joseph Warner Yardley Prize March 27, 2022
Nnamdi Azikiwe African Studies Prize March 27, 2022
Mongolia Field School Program March 31, 2022
José Miguel Oviedo Undergraduate Student Paper Award March 31, 2022
Department of South Asia Studies Undergraduate Research Grants April 1, 2022
Penn Student Government Public Service Fellowship April 1, 2022
South Asia Studies Holden Furber Prize April 1, 2022
Center for the Advanced Study of India April 3, 2022
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Senior Thesis Award in Women's Studies April 4, 2022
The Urban Studies Program Gordon Fellowship April 4, 2022
Lynda S. Hart Award in Sexuality Studies April 4, 2022
LGBTQ & Gender Studies Undergraduate Student Research Expense Grants April 5, 2022
camra Fellows April 8, 2022
Koch Internship Program April 8, 2022
ASAM Fellows Program April 15, 2022
Penn Museum Fellows April 22, 2022
Student Exhibition Internship April 22, 2022
Seltzer Family Digital Media Awards May 1, 2022
The Hassenfeld Grant for Undergraduate Research in Urban Studies May 12, 2022
Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows Program May 15, 2022
Penn IUR Fellows in Urban Leadership May 27, 2022
H+U+D Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellows May 31, 2022
Title Deadlinesort descending
College House Research Fellows
Google Public Policy Fellowship
Perry World House Project on Borders and Boundaries in World Politics
Penn English Undergraduate Research Grants
American Psychological Association Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
Gutmann-Doyle Research Opportunities Fund
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Scholars Program
History Undergraduate Research Grants
Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates
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
Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
College of Arts & Sciences Travel 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
ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Monell’s Science Apprenticeship Program
Henry M. Jackson Internship Program
Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship Program
The National Institutes for Health
ASM's Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF)
Penn's Green Fund
Italia Innovation: Excellence at Scale
Summer Training as Research Scholars Program at Boston University
Italia Innovation: Meaningful Companies
The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program
Manufacturing Renaissance: California Innovation