Funding Upcoming Deadlines & Opportunities (September 2023)

The Grad Center posts a regular digest of highlighted funding and professional opportunities. External opportunities are shared for informational purposes only and their inclusion herein does not represent an official endorsement by the University. 



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 fundingstudent employment, and financial assistance information can be found in the Graduate Funding & Finances section of the Graduate Resource Guide. Career Services has also compiled a list of various summer funding sources to assist students with professional pursuits during summer months. 

Funding and Professional Opportunities

Chicagoland Diverse Postdoc Recruiting Event 
Deadline: September 11
Northwestern University, the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), and the University of Chicago (UChicago) invite applications for the annual Chicagoland Diverse STEM Postdoc Recruitment Initiative!  The initiative has two components, both conducted virtually: 1) Professional Development programming held virtually from October 19-20; and 2) Informational Interviews conducted from October 20 – November 5. This opportunity is for advanced (post-candidacy) PhD students, recent PhD grads, or early-career postdoc scholars in STEM fields from populations that have traditionally been underrepresented in academia and the sciences, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds, who have disabilities, who identify as LGBTQIA+, who are veterans, who have obtained a PhD as a second career, or who were first-generation college students or Pell-eligible. There is no citizenship requirement.

Schwarzman Scholarship (for Fall 2024 start)
Deadline: Sept 19 (all countries excluding China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao) 
Highly selective international scholarship program designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role. Scholars develop their leadership skills through a fully-funded one-year Master's degree in Global Affairs at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China's most prestigious universities. Chinese language proficiency is NOT required.

Data Carpentries Instructor Training 
Deadline: September 30 
The Penn Libraries Research Data and Digital Scholarship (RDDS) team is piloting a program to provide data carpentries training to current graduate and professional students. Selected participants will gain training to become certified instructors with Carpentries and will co-teach carpentries workshops at Penn, helping us build these skills across the community. Carpentries Instructors will also have the opportunity to teach as part of a team at other institutions in The Carpentries network, meeting others with similar skills who enjoy sharing them. Hosting institutions cover travel and expenses for volunteer Instructors teaching workshops in-person.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
Deadline: October 16-20 (varies by field)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports promising students in NSF-supported STEM and social science disciplines who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees. For information about applying for the NSF GRFP at Penn, visit:

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans (for immigrants and the children of immigrants)
Deadline: October 26
Prestigious national fellowship provides up to two years of support for graduate study for new Americans - permanent residents or naturalized citizens if born abroad; otherwise children of naturalized citizen parents - in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the US. Learn more about the application process and view upcoming or recorded applicant information sessions at For information and support in applying for the Soros Fellowship at Penn, visit

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships
Deadline: October 31
1-3 year fellowship awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of their fifteen prioritized disciplines in science and engineering. Fellows receive full tuition & fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1000 for medical insurance.

American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) Fellowship 
Deadline: November 1
Fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related research. 

National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies Research Associateship Program (RAP) 
The National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Program (RAP) offers a range of postdoctoral opportunities in science and engineering for independent research compatible with the interests of sponsoring laboratories and affiliated institutions. Current opportunities can be found on the NRC Research Associateship Programs Participating Agencies List. Citizenship requirements, program length, and details vary by lab and agency. 

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships and Grants 
Deadline: November 15
Supports women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Funds research in a variety of disciplines that helps to improve communities. Eligibility criteria vary by grant/fellowship program. 

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
Deadline: November 15 (Tentative)
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for 7-10 weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master ’s and Ph.D. students. Countries may include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken. Apply in November for a fellowship the following summer.

DOD Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program
Deadline: December 1
The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and conducting research relevant to the U.S. Department of Defense. Includes full tuition, annual stipend of up to $46K, and other benefits. Awardees are matched with a DoD research laboratory where they will be expected to serve as a summer intern and complete a period of post-graduation employment service as a civilian.

Penn Employment Opportunities

Recent graduates interested in pursuing a full-time employment opportunity at Penn are encouraged to review opportunities listed on the Careers@Penn website.

New and continuing students - in addition to any student employment opportunities listed above, you can learn more about student employment at Penn on the following sites: 

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