The Thouron-University of Pennsylvania Fund for British-American Student Exchange exists for the promotion of better understanding and closer friendship between the people of the United Kingdom and the United States of America. This academic exchange and experience in international friendship was conceived by and is supported by gifts from Sir John Thouron and the late Esther du Pont, Lady Thouron, of Unionville, Pennsylvania. Through the Program they sought to nourish and develop Anglo-American friendship by ensuring that, in the years to come, a growing number of the leading citizens of these two countries would have a thorough understanding of their trans-Atlantic neighbors. Accordingly the Exchange Program was set up to bring young people of exceptional ability from each country into contact with the ideas and peoples of another country.
- The Thouron Award covers tuition fees plus a living allowance/ travel stipend.
- Thouron Awards are limited to students who will pursue a single degree program or its equivalent at a British educational institution.
- Thouron Awards are granted for one or two years depending on the time required to earn a particular degree. The second year of funding is dependent on reports of satisfactory progress after the first year. For programs expected to last more than two years, Thouron Fellows must seek other support for the third and subsequent years.
- The Thouron Award is sufficiently generous to allow for extensive vacation travel. Students are expected to explore the United Kingdom in some depth before departing for a tour elsewhere. Students planning to hold the Award for only one year are requested not to return to the United States until the completion of that year, except for emergency reasons.
- Thouron Award recipients may not hold duplicate funding. If a recipient has another award the amount of the Thouron Award will be adjusted accordingly.
Eligibility and Qualifications
- Graduating seniors, current graduate or professional students or recent graduates of the University of Pennsylvania are eligible to apply.
- While the Thouron Award has no academic cut-off to accomodate exceptional circumstances, in general those with GPAs below 3.5 are unlikely to become finalists.
- U.S. citizenship or proof of intent to become a U.S. citizen is a requirement of eligibility for a Thouron Award. Applicants must have graduated from a US secondary school and have a US permanent address.
Application Procedures and Selection Criteria
In a single .pdf no larger than 10 MB, please prepare the following:
- A personal statement of academic history, social and cultural interests, projected program of study at a British university and reasons why such a program should be conducted in the UK. This statement should not exceed 1,000 words in length.
- Your current résumé.
- An electronic transcript (does not have to be official) obtained from the Office of the University Registrar containing all courses and grades of all college level work completed up to the time of application. Copying and pasting your Penn In Touch transcript is not acceptable for this application. Students who have transferred from another institution should include an official transcript from that/those institution(s) as well.
The Thouron Award application for University of Pennsylvania students and alumni can be found at https://thouronaward.org/category/apply-from-penn/. This application form will also require a digital photo, like one used for a passport.
Three letters of reference are required. At least two of these should normally be from members of the University of Pennsylvania faculty, including one from the student’s major department. References should include comments on the student’s personal as well as academic qualifications. Copies of letters used in support of applications to graduate/professional schools, or for employment, will not be accepted.
Applicants will be selected on the basis of scholarship, as well as clarity of purpose, contribution to community, and other intangible aspects of person.
Applications are due October 15, 2015.
After the applications are received, the Thouron faculty committee will screen the applications. A set of finalists will then be invited in December to attend personal interviews almost always held on the last Saturday of January in Philadelphia. Winners will be announced very soon thereafter.
Dr. Wallace Genser
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224
Please call 215-746-6488 to schedule an appointment