Funding Upcoming Deadlines & Opportunities (May 2023)

To see additional fellowships and award opportunities, visit the CURF Resources for Graduate Students and Grad Center Grants and Fellowships webpages. Additional individual & student group funding and financial assistance can be found on our Graduate Funding & Finances page



Funding and Professional Opportunities

Institute of Historical Research (IHR), University of London, Postdoctoral Fellowships in History & the Humanities 
Deadlines: various program deadlines in April and May
The IHR offers a range of 1-2 year postdoctoral fellowships to promote the study of history and an appreciation of the importance of the past among academics and the general public, in the UK and internationally. It is one of ten member Institutes of the School of Advanced Study part of the University of London. Some fellowships require residence at the IHR. Learn more

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
Deadline: May 3
Supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their dissertation research at a Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission.

CURF Graduate Fellow for Undergraduate Research Programs 
Deadline: application review begins immediately 
The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) is seeking a creative and highly organized PhD student who has passed their candidacy exams with excellent communication skills, both written and oral. The successful applicant will have good decision-making abilities, the capacity to work both collaboratively and independently with limited supervision, a demonstrated record of managing multiple projects under tight deadlines, and be able to handle sensitive material and information confidentially. Maturity, poise, judgment, and professionalism are essential. Position pay is $23.hour, part-time (averaging 20-25 hours per week during the summer, maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic year). 

VPSE Graduate Assistant Programs - Summer 2023 and 2023-34 Academic Year 
Deadline: application review begins immediately 
The Penn Division of Student Engagement (VPSE) is hiring graduate (GA) is a range of positions to support its programs supporting students at Penn, in Philadelphia public schools, and beyond. Some GAs will be hired to work with Penn undergraduate students, to promote their University engagement and their enrollment in graduate and professional programs.  Another crucial goal of VPSE is to increase collaboration between the University and the School District of Philadelphia during a time of heightened and continuing need in the face of unprecedented interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, an additional core component of VPSE programming is to immerse School District of Philadelphia public, parochial, and charter school students in academic, career, and postsecondary preparatory experience with synchronous, asynchronous, hybrid, and live content. See the position description and application instructions in the full position announcement

Family Center Fellows
Deadline: application review begins immediately 
Fellows work as part of the Family Center team to develop programs for students and postdocs with children and their families. Fellows actively contribute to the Family Center’s mission to serve as hub for information, resources, activities and support students from across the university. Participation as a Family Center Fellow is a great opportunity to gain useful professional and leadership experience, meet new people, explore topics of interests, and contribute to the broader Penn experience. Fellows work closely with Center staff and fellows, and collaborate with other offices and groups across Penn.

Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH) - Catherine Prelinger Dissertation & Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women
Deadline: May 15
Awards of $20,000 for projects that will enhance women's roles in history for female scholars with non-traditional academic paths. Eligible applicants must be members of CCWH and must hold either A.B.D. status or the Ph.D. at the time of application. They shall be actively engaged in scholarship that is historical in nature, although the degree may be in related fields. Applicants will show evidence of a nontraditional professional career and describe a project that will further enhance women’s roles in history. They should also demonstrate their contributions to women in the historical profession and/or service on behalf of women.

SNF Paideia Graduate Fellows 
Deadline: May 31 
One year graduate fellowship provides an opportunity to contribute intellectually and operationally to the work of the SNF Paideia Program. SNF Paideia collaborates with many campus entities to promote opportunities for students to integrate their personal, professional, and civic identities, developing the knowledge, skills, ethical frameworks, and experiences necessary to be informed, engaged, and effective community members in society. Graduate fellows gain experience teaching and advising undergraduate students, designing and implementing student-oriented dialogue programming, and working professionally as part of a multi-disciplinary team to achieve academic program goals. Graduate fellows receive a $6,500 stipend.

American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) - Scholarships
Deadline: May 31
Scholarships of up to $10,000 to support American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians pursuing graduate studies in select science, technology, and business fields. Scholarships are for one year, with ability to re-apply annually. 

National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Graduate Fellowships
Deadline: May 31
Fellowships of up to $10,000 to support master's and PhD research in areas that include, but are not limited to, engineering, physical and chemical sciences, biological sciences, health sciences, political sciences, economics, and planning/public policy issues that are related to water resources.

Career Services PhD Professionalism Fellow
Deadline: June 20
The University of Pennsylvania's Career Services department is seeking a PhD student from any discipline to serve as the PhD Professionalism Fellow for the 2023-2024 academic year. The Fellow will lead and manage the Career Exploration Fellowship Program (CEF) for PhD students at Penn as part of a nine-month fellowship opportunity. Login to Handshake to apply.


CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship
Deadline: June 30
Three-year multi-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship program for trainees with Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees interested in clinical and/or translational cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center. 

Teach for China Fellowship Program
Deadline: June 30
Teach For China is an educational non-profit program under The Lead Foundation. The fellowship program opens to all Chinese students graduating before July 15, 2023. TFC is hoping to recruit fellows to participate in the two-year teaching program and serve schools in rural areas of the country.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program: 2024-5 Grants
Penn Priority Deadline: July 5
Deadline for University Endorsement (required): August 21
Grants to support 8-12 months of research, graduate study, or teaching abroad in one of over 140 countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is open to US citizens from all backgrounds. Applicants should be genuinely interested in engaging with diverse populations, and Fulbright encourages applicants representing the US’s racial, ethnic, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and regional diversity. 

Ongoing Opportunities or Rolling Deadlines 

Campaign for Community Grants 
Deadline: rolling
The Campaign for Community aims to strengthen our Penn community by finding ways to discuss and understand key issues that may appear to be difficult or intractable. The program provides grants of up to $1500 for projects and activities that help advance the Campaign's goals of encouraging mutual understanding, respect, and discussion among members of the community on important topics. Learn more at

Dirksen Congressional Center Congressional Research Grants 
Deadline: rolling 
Eligibility: Students with a serious interest in studying Congress; a significant portion of the funds is awarded for PhD dissertation research

Data Incubator Data Science Fellowship 
Deadlines: Multiple sessions each year, deadlines vary.
An advanced 8-week fellowship for PhDs looking to enter industry. Free for admitted Fellows. Participate either in person in New York City, Washington, DC, the San Francisco Bay Area, or online.

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