The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at Penn works primarily with national and international, highly-competitive post-bachelor’s fellowships and some similar competitions as listed on the Fellowships Directory. CURF will assist candidates in identifying and applying for other similar fellowships not listed on the Fellowships Directory.
For the most part, although there are some exceptions, these do not include fellowships which are primarily professional or service. Candidates seeking professional, service or leadership programs are best served by working with Career Services.
The process of applying for fellowships requires advance planning and definition of goals from the potential candidate. Successful candidates will work with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships throughout the year before the application deadline, in the form of information sessions and individual advising.
If you are (or soon will be) an active applicant for any fellowship, please sign up for the CURF MAILING LIST on the left side of this page to receive regular updates on fellowship opportunities. Candidates planning to apply this year for the Rhodes, Marshall, or Mitchell Scholarship should submit the Request for Endorsement form to begin to prepare for applying.
Before seeking individual advising, candidates should review the Fellowships Directory to get an idea of the opportunities they are potentially interested in. Advising can take place in person or by phone. Appointments are necessary and in either case can be made during business hours by phoning 215-746-6488. If it is necessary to leave a voice mail message, please leave times that are best to reach you in addition to your contact information.