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There are many, many opportunities that students can apply for, and each has its own application requirements and procedures. Institutional support and resources will vary depending on the type and details of the award.
- Limited Submission & Institutional Endorsement
Some external awards require submission or endorsement through Penn departments or centers.
- Internal Award Competitions
Fellowships and awards for current and graduating Penn students.
- Programs of Interest
Additional major awards and opportunities that may be of particular interest to many Penn students.
See our monthly listing of upcoming deadlines in our Penn Grad News feed for even more opportunities.
Provides up to $24,000 to support graduate research or study abroad, with a focus on language learning and U.S. strategic national interests. Any field. Learn more.
|AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science & Engineering (CASE) Workshop
Opportunity for students in STEM and social science fields to learn about science policy, the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement. Open to US citizens and non-US citizens. Learn more.
|Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
Supports academic year and summer training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or fields of study. Open to US citizens and permanent residents. Learn more.
|Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation
Recognizes excellence in Biomedical Science conducted by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Penn may nominate two graduate students and two postdocs. The $50,000 award is a personal cash prize for the recipient. Call for nominations typically distributed in fall.
|Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship
Grants to support 6-12 months of full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Applications must be reviewed and approved for submission by the University. The campus deadline is typically two (2) weeks prior to national deadline. Students interested in applying should contact the University of Pennsylvania Project Director for the Fulbright-Hays DDRA (Tracey Turner; 215-898-4940), well in advance of the campus deadline. Learn more.
|Council of Graduate Studies (CGS) / Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Awards
Recognizes individuals who have completed dissertations representing original work that make an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. Penn may submit up to two nominees each year. The award includes $2,000 and a certificate of recognition, which is presented at the annual CGS Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon in December (travel expenses provided). Call for nominations sent to graduate group chairs in April. Learn more.
Schmidt Science Fellows
|Fulbright US Student Program
Prestigious program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Funds 8-12 months of graduate research, study, and/or teaching abroad in over 140 countries worldwide. Students must submit an application for campus review and endorsement. The campus deadline is typically in August. U.S. citizens only. Learn more.
|Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
Penn is one of a select number of universities invited to nominate up to two doctoral students to attend the annual Lindau Meeting with Nobel Laureates. Nominees must be U.S. citizens pursuing a doctoral degree in a field related to the annual theme, who have completed at least one year of graduate study and will not be graduating in the following academic year. Nominations are typically solicited from faculty in August. Learn more.
|HHMI Gilliam Graduate Fellowships for Advanced Study
Supports the development of scholars who will assume leadership roles in science, especially among college and university faculties responsible for developing the next generation of scientists. Open to PhD students in their 2nd or 3rd year of study who are: motivated toward careers as academic scientists; from racial, ethnic, and other underrepresented groups in science, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds; and, committed to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in science. Students must be nominated by faculty. Call for nominations typically in September. Learn more.
|Google PhD Fellowship
Recognizes outstanding graduate students conducting research in computer science and related fields. Current PhD students only. Learn more.
|NIH NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)
Supports outstanding, late-stage graduate students with a demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent researchers by facilitating the successful transition to their postdoctoral positions. Penn can select one student to apply each year. If you are eligible and want to be considered, please email Dr. David Feldser (firstname.lastname@example.org) your NIH biosketch, a one-page summary of your thesis research to date, and a one-page LOI.
|Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship
Full tuition plus a stipend of $18,000 for up to three years. U.S. citizens pursuing a graduate degree in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences are eligible. The terms require that the Fellow conduct studies entirely within the USA and prove financial need. Learn more.
|Microsoft PhD Fellowship
Two year fellowship for doctoral students pursuing degrees in fields related to Microsoft research areas.
|NIH NRSA Graduate Fellowships (F-Series)
Up to 5 years of financial support for research training leading to a PhD, combined M.D./Ph.D. degree, or another formally combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences.
There are a number of competitive fellowships and awards to support Penn graduate students. In many cases, students must be nominated by their department and cannot apply directly to these awards. Students wishing to be nominated should contact their department’s graduate chair for details.
|Provost’s Graduate Academic Engagement Fellowship at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Program for outstanding PhD students whose scholarship significantly involves Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) and related activities, including locally based community problem-solving, engaged scholarship, service learning, and learning by teaching in public schools. Fellows participate in a seminar on community engagement research and teaching, research funds, conference travel support, and funding. Learn more.
|Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students
Recognizes the profound impact of graduate students on education at Penn. Nominations come directly from undergraduate and graduate students. Ten prizes are awarded annually. Call for nominations sent directly to students. Learn more.
|Wolf Humanities Center Graduate Student Research Fellowships
The Wolf Humanities Center offers two one-year research fellowships to Penn graduate students in the humanities who are ABD and conducting research related to an annual theme. Research fellows receive $2,500 each and are required to attend the Center’s weekly Mellon Research Seminar and to present their work at one of the sessions. Learn more.
|Wolf Humanities Center Graduate Student Research Assistantship
One year graduate research assistantship to Penn graduate student in the humanities who is ABD and conducting research related to an annual theme. The Graduate Research Assistantship provides tuition and a stipend of approximately $25,500 and carries membership in the Center’s Mellon Research Seminar on Kinship. The half-time position requires 15–20 hours per week of service in a variety of functions at the Wolf Humanities Center. Learn more.
|Gloria Chisum Graduate Fellowship
Fellowship to support new and continuing doctoral students from populations most under-represented nationally in PhD education. Fellows receive a stipend of $30,000, tuition, fees, and insurance for the first two years at Penn. Call for nominations typically in February.
Supports graduate and professional students who are graduates of Marymount Manhattan College (Bronx) or any of the Marymount Colleges established by the Order of the Religious Sacred Heart of Mary. Fellows receive $5000/year for up to three years. Call for nominations typically in February.
|President's & Provost's Honor for Developing New Initiatives in Graduate & Professional Student Life
Presented to graduate or professional students, upon their graduation from Penn, who have been a catalyst for transformative and lasting new developments that have enhanced graduate and professional student life at Penn. Learn more.
|March / October
|Dr. Andy Binns Award for Outstanding Service to Graduate and Professional Student Life
Presented to graduate or professional students, upon their graduation from Penn, who have significantly impacted or extensively contributed to graduate and professional student life at Penn through outstanding service involvement in student life programs, initiatives, or organizations. Learn more.
|March / October
|CTL Graduate Fellowships for Teaching Excellence
Honors graduate students who are dedicated to excellent teaching and is designed to foster conversations about teaching to help graduate students develop as teachers. Fellows participate in regular teaching discussions with the other Graduate Fellows, organize departmental and university-wide teaching workshops for graduate students, and mentor other graduate students in teaching, consulting with and observing current teaching assistants as demand arises. Fellows receive $6,000 award for the school year. Candidates must be nominated by their department. See the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) website for more details. Call for nominations typically sent to faculty in February.
|late March / early April
|YH Park Fellowship in Korean Studies
Provides PhD tuition, 12-month stipend, and health insurance to graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, international management, international studies, or fine arts whose primary research area is Korea and whose dissertation will be on Korea. Fellows are expected to continue their scholarly activities outside of Korea after graduation and must have sufficient proficiency to use Korean-language sources in conducting research and writing dissertations. Open to current master's or PhD students. Open to US citizens and non-US citizens. Learn more.
late March / early April
|GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation
Grants of $6,000 to support original, student-derived initiatives that integrate knowledge across diverse academic disciplines. The fellowship is also meant to help the project-leader(s) develop, pursue and complete their proposed interdisciplinary initiatives.There are two types of Fellowships: Academic Year (Oct deadline) and Summer (April deadline) Fellows. Learn more.
|April / October
|Project in the Humanities, Urbanism, and Design (HUD)
Small research grants 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 $2000 per proposal. Learn more.
|Predoctoral Fellowships for Excellence Through Diversity
These residential fellowships will support graduate students in the humanities or social sciences in the final stages of dissertation research or writing at Penn for the academic year, September 2022 through August 2023. They offer an opportunity for scholars who plan an academic career to continue to take advantage of Penn programs and faculty expertise and afford access to libraries. Each scholar will be hosted by their department or school. Recipients will be in the stage of either advanced dissertation research or writing. Not open to current Penn Students. Learn more.
|Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities
Five Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships are available each academic year. Awards carry a competitive, full-time stipend as well as other benefits. Scholars spend one year in residence at Penn and teach one undergraduate course in addition to conducting independent research. Annual calls for applications open in late spring. Learn more
Penn Global Dissertation Grants for PhD students
Penn Global, in partnership with the Office of the Vice Provost for Education, is launching the Penn Global Dissertation Grants program, which will provide up to $8,000 to selected Ph.D. student applicants who will either A) use this program’s resources to explore and engage global components for their early-stage dissertation research, or B) use this program’s resources to broaden and deepen their late-stage dissertation research, ideally leveraging their dissertation towards future career opportunities in global leadership. Following their funded research, awardees will, in consultation with Penn Global, identify ways to leverage their work to enhance Penn’s global engagement. A dedicated program webpage containing further information about the program as well as the online application portal will be available in the coming weeks. Call for applications in October.
Currently-enrolled Penn Ph.D. students from all Penn Schools and disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields, are welcome to apply. If selected, awardees will be able to begin their funded international research as early as Summer 2024. Eligible Ph.D. students interested in submitting an application are encouraged to contact Penn Global at email@example.com.
Many awards are designed for students to apply to the foundation or granting agency directly, without a campus endorsement process. Of these, several programs stand out as particularly interesting to Penn graduate & professional students. Although you apply for these awards directly, we strongly encourage you to seek feedback and guidance from the fellowships team at CURF, your faculty advisor(s), and peer advisors or mentors.
American Academy in Rome: Rome Prize
Rome Prize fellows reside at the Academy's eleven-acre center in Rome and receive room and board, and a stipend for periods ranging from 6-months to two years. Preference is given to applicants for whom research time in Italy, and especially in the city of Rome, is essential, and who have not had extensive prior experience there.
American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) Fellowships & Grants
Awards to support study, research, or creative projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Preference is given to candidates conducting dissertation-related study or research, who have at least some ability in the host country language.
Center for Engaged Scholarship (CES) Dissertation Fellowships
Supports 9-months of full time dissertation research and/or writing for Ph.D. students in academic departments and programs in the social sciences, including: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, social psychology, and sociology.
Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
Completion fellowship for 12-months of full-time dissertation writing on topics related to ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences.
DAAD -- The German Academic Exchange Service
Scholarships funding study, research, and/or internships in Germany for one semester to one year. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Programs include:
Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)
Renewable fellowships for outstanding students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. Provides a yearly stipend, tuition, a research allowance, and more. Applicants must be in the first year of graduate study in engineering, mathematics, or the physical, computer, or life sciences.
Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
Provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students conducting research in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. Recipients conduct 3-12 months of research at a participating host DOE laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period.
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
Support the final year of dissertation writing and defense for individuals completing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Fellows have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
Predoctoral fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Fellows have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity
Formerly known as the National Physical Science Consortium, Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. Fellowships are awarded to doctoral students in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. The competition is open to all qualified U.S. citizens, with an emphasis on recruiting a diverse applicant pool. NPSC Fellows receive one or two paid summers internships at their NPSC-sponsoring employer’s research facility, as well as tuition, fees, and stipends for up to six years.
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship
Highly selective fellowship supporting the nation's most remarkable PhD students in the physical, biological and engineering sciences. Applicants must be students of the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency
Insight Data Fellows Programs
Funded, intensive seven (7) week post-doctoral training fellowship programs bridging the gap between academia & data science in several areas:data science, data engineering, health data, decentralized consensus, AI, and more.
Josephine De Karman Fellowship
Completion fellowships for PhD students entering their final year who will defend their dissertation by June of the following academic year. All disciplines are eligible. Special consideration is given to applicants in the humanities.
Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Supports PhD students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of dissertation writing. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31 of the fellowship year. Fellows receive a stipend, research funds, and up to $5000 for university fees. Fellows are also able to apply to participate in a seminar on preparing for the academic job market.
Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program
Aims to expand the reach of doctoral education in the US by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The program places recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in paid, two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring.
Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant Program
Research funding research funding opportunity for doctoral students from groups underrepresented in computing (women, African-Americans/Blacks, Latinos, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, and/or people with disabilities). PhD students must be conducting dissertation work that relates to computing topics in which Microsoft Research has expertise. PhD students must be in their fourth year or beyond in a PhD program when they apply for this grant.
National GEM Consortium: Predoctoral Fellowships for Underrepresented Students in Science & Engineering
Fellowships support students from underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering and science to promote the recruitment, retention, and graduation of minority students. Fellows are provided practical engineering summer work experience through an employer sponsor. Fellowships are for up to five years. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP)
The National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies administers competitive graduate, postdoctoral, and senior research awards on behalf of 26 U.S. government research agencies and affiliated institutions with facilities at over 100 locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Research Associates receive annual stipends ranging from $30,000 to $80,000 by degree level and proportionally higher for Senior Associates. The NRC also provides health insurance, relocation benefits and an allowance for professional travel. The host laboratory provides research facilities, equipment and funding for supplies to support the Associate’s research. Citizenship requirements vary by host institution.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides 3 years of support to outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are at or near the beginning of graduate study. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend, cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at their chosen accredited U.S. institution of graduate education.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Special Programs for Graduate Students
Listing of various programs provide either direct (i.e., from NSF) or indirect (i.e., from an awardee institution) funding for graduate students at this level or identify programs that focus on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention.
PD Soros Fellowship for New Americans
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship supports the graduate education of New Americans (immigrants or the children of immigrants), who are poised to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture, or their academic field. Fellows receive up to $90,000 in financial support over two years and join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.
Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship
Supports up to 12 months of support to PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $23,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.