Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Postdocs & Students

The Senior Vice Provost for Research collaborates with other administrative offices to promote the research and educational experience at Penn for undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral fellows as part of the University’s mission.

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The Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF) coordinates undergraduate research on behalf of the University, including opportunities to work with Penn faculty recipients of University Research Foundation and Provost Interdisciplinary Seminar Fund awards. 


Graduate programs at Penn emphasize the integration of knowledge across boundaries and disciplines. Upon acceptance into one of Penn’s 50 interdisciplinary “graduate groups”, the student completes research-intensive coursework and independent study under the supervision of several faculty; from this process, the student identifies a research mentor and undertakes intensive research on a specific interest that culminates in publication of the dissertation — an original piece of scholarship that represents a unique contribution to that field of knowledge. 

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Postdoctoral fellows in the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine should contact the Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs office which administers programs and associated resources.

Postdoctoral fellows in the School of Engineering and Applied Science offerings should contact Kathleen Stebe for more information about offerings.

Postdoctoral fellows in the School of Arts and Sciences offerings should Direct their attention to the SAS Postdocs Resource Page.

Center for Technology Transfer Fellows Program

Penn Center for Innovation (PCI) Fellows Program is a experiential education program available to graduate (Masters/PhD/MBA) students and Post-Doctoral Fellows at Penn with a focus on the schools of medicine, engineering, arts and sciences, and business. CTT Fellows will be exposed to a wide range of emerging technologies and commercialization opportunities in the life sciences, physical sciences, and nanotechnology areas. 

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