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.
Before seeking individual advising and in order to apply, candidates must:
- Review the Fellowships Directory
- Review “Steps in the Fellowship Process”
- Complete and submit either the general pre-appointment worksheet or the Fulbright pre-appointment worksheet.
A thorough review of and reflection on these materials should take several hours and is necessary for a productive advising meeting and successful application. In addition, the Fellowship Application Checklist may come in handy.
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.