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Summer Opportunities

Gelfman International Summer Fund

SPRING 2014 DEADLINE: March 18, 2014, 4:00pm

The Gelfman International Summer Fund has been established by Robert W. Gelfman (Wharton ’53) to create opportunities for personally enriching international research and/or service for students in the summer between their junior and senior year. The Fund is expected to cover two or three students each summer. Penn juniors from any of Penn’s undergraduate schools and in any discipline are eligible.

Applicants are asked to define and describe the project they will carry out as well as a budget of the project costs. Each application must have a local project affiliate where the student will work or study and include a letter of willingness from that person. Applicants, in defining their projects, will identify and seek out appropriate affiliations for themselves.

Each application must also have a letter of support from a member of Penn’s faculty. This letter should come from someone with experience conducting similar or related work in the same geographic area in order to speak to the general feasibility of the project. Applicants are advised to seek out and develop mentor relationships with appropriate Penn faculty members in designing their projects.

Guidelines for the Gelfman International Summer Fund are intentionally open-ended to permit students to dream and define their own projects. It is expected that the process of designing a project, seeking out guidance, developing local affiliates and crafting a budget could take several months. Prospective applicants are therefore encouraged to begin preparing early and invited to discuss their ideas with Dr. Harriet Joseph, CURF Director, or Dr. Wallace Genser, Associate Director for Research.

Gelfman Fund recipients will be expected to keep a journal, take photos, and/or prepare academic results from their experience, as appropriate. After their return, all recipients will give a presentation of their experiences.


Before clicking through to the application form, please prepare the following in one document (.pdf only). Please submit one .pdf file. Docx, doc, png, jpg, htm, html, or any other non-.pdf format will be grounds for non-consideration of your application. Name your file with your PennKey name only (the alpha characters, not your PennID Number). Transcripts must be non-secured versions; secured versions prevent us from reading your application and thus will cause your application to be refused.

Proposal Essay: In no more than 2 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt type, describe the project you intend to undertake. Who, what, where, how, when, and why are important questions to address.
With whom will you work? Who will you serve? What is exciting, new, or valuable about your project? What contribution will it make? How will you carry out your project; that is, what steps will you take? Why is this project important? When: provide a timeline. Specificity helps.

Personal Statement: In no more than 2 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt type, describe how this project fits with your academic, personal, or career plans for the future, and with your current academic, personal, and career interests and activities.

Bibliography: no more than one page – limit of 12 items – of key scholarly works (listed in the citation format used in your discipline) providing background for your project. These may be books or articles, and they may be a mix of theoretical and empirical works that inform the project. If desired, a one-sentence annotation may be used to explain a specific item’s relevance to the project, but annotations are not required

Budget: No more than one page, double-spaced, 12 pt type. Itemize the funds you’re requesting and their purpose. These funds are to support you in your project, including travel and living expenses. They are not to be used as programming costs of a service project.

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Gelfman International Summer Fund Application Form

Faculty Recommendation Form

Please follow all instructions on the application form and Faculty Recommendation form.

Your local project affiliate must also send a letter stating their willingness to work with you and briefly describing how they will assist you via this link:

Applications will be due March 18, 2014, 4:00pm.

Decisions will be made and announced no later than April 27, 2014.

Requirements and Procedures for Receiving Funding

Funds will not be disbursed until students review CURF’s information on Ethics and Compliance and complete and submit all necessary forms. All CURF-funded student researchers must complete CURF’s Research Experience Checklist and Waiver of Liability. Students conducting research outside the US are required to provide International Travel and Emergency Contact information on the Checklist.

Once the Research Experience Checklist and Waiver of Liability has been submitted to CURF and approved, research funds and a copy of your budget will be sent to the Business Administrator (BA) of your major department. The BA will be asked to reimburse you for receipts you present which reasonably match the amounts and purposes you listed in your budget.

Research involving animals or hazardous materials must also be submitted at the same time for approval by the relevant University oversight committees. Students should consult with their faculty research advisors to correctly submit any necessary forms.


Dr. Wallace Genser

Phone: 215-746-6488
Fax: 215-573-4869

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