The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships serves as the University of Pennsylvania's information clearinghouse and primary support office for students and alumni considering applying for major grants and fellowships.
CURF provides advice and guidance to students exploring these possibilities through Information Sessions, Workshops, and Special Events that educate potential candidates about award requirements and opportunities. CURF aims to demystify these opportunities to help students determine the most appropriate awards for which to apply. Most grants and fellowships on this site fund the costs of international post-baccalaureate study, so potential candidates should explore the international educational opportunities that make the most sense for them. Since post-baccalaureate fellowships like the Rhodes, Marshall, Gates, Churchill, and Thouron support study in the United Kingdom, students considering applying for these awards should identify potential graduate programs in the UK to which they wish to apply. Potential Mitchell candidates should explore graduate programs in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
How do I know if I’m a Prospective Rhodes Scholar? (or a Marshall or Mitchell Scholar)*
The strongest candidates for highly-competitive international scholarships:
- Start early by connecting with CURF at Information Sessions and relevant Workshops and Special Events
- Schedule an appointment to discuss their interests with a CURF Fellowships Advisor
- Ask their Penn faculty mentors about appropriate programs and faculty mentors in the UK and Ireland
* Since the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarships require Institutional Endorsement Letters from the University of Pennsylvania, CURF provides a structured advising process for these awards.
While other fellowships have less formal preparation processes, candidates for any fellowship are encouraged to attend Fellowships 101, take part in CURF Personal Statement workshops, and work regularly with CURF.
If you are (or are considering becoming) an active applicant for any fellowship to the UK or Ireland in 2016-2017, please subscribe to our specialized mailing list to receive detailed reminders during 2014-2015 here.