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Deadline: 03/15/2025 (Tentative)

General Information

With the goal of encouraging and advancing women in the sciences, summer undergraduate fellowship funding of $5,000 per student in the College of Arts & Sciences will be provided for 8-10 week summer research projects under the guidance of faculty mentors in the sciences. Faculty mentors will receive $1,000 to support the associated research program. In addition, the program plans to engage Velay Fellows in enrichment activities to prepare them for graduate study and careers in scientific fields. The Frances Velay Fellowship Program is supported by funding from the Panaphil and Uphill Foundations.

Eligibility Guidelines

This opportunity is only open to students in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Application Details

To apply, students must submit the materials below via the Velay Fellows Application Form as individual PDF files.

  • Proposal Essay: In no more than 500 words (excluding a list of references) describe the project you intend to undertake. With whom will you work? What is exciting, new, or valuable about your project? What scientific contribution will it make? What do you plan to do? How do you plan to do it? What are the project’s goals, and why is it important?
  • Personal Statement: In no more than 500 words, 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.
  • Copy of your Path@Penn transcript (unofficial transcript: print your Path@Penn transcript page as a PDF or take a screenshot).

Be prepared to request a letter of recommendation from your intended research mentor acknowledging their support and the relationship (if any) between the proposed work and the mentor’s ongoing research program.

Funding Type


Research Offering Type

Independent Research



Undergraduate School