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Deadline: 10/15/2023
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Thouron Award

The Thouron Award is tenable at any university in the United Kingdom, and covers tuition and fees for a single one- or two-year graduate degree program, plus a living allowance and generous travel stipend.  Applicants will be selected on the basis of scholarship, as well as clarity of purpose, contribution to community, and other intangible aspects of person.

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.

Fall 2023 applicants must have completed their most recent degree from Penn (or be in the process of completing their Penn degree) no earlier than Spring 2021.

Potential applicants should view this video to learn more about the Thouron Award:  2022 Thouron Award Information Session with Thouron Award staff and recent Thouron recipient (Penn login required)

Penn Deadline: October 15, 2023, 11:59pm

Penn’s Application Process

  • Submit your application materials and register your recommenders directly through the Thouron Award website by October 15, 2023, at 11:59pm
  • Candidates are also expected to be in touch with at least one faculty member at their first choice UK institution. These individuals need not ultimately supervise candidates' dissertation work, but should serve as a contact for applicants to become familiar with their intended departments.
  • After applications are received, the Thouron faculty committee will screen the applications. A set of finalists will then be invited in December to attend interviews, almost always held in late January or early February in Philadelphia. 

Letters of Recommendation

The Thouron Award requires two reference letters. At least one must come from professors with whom you have studied at Penn, and it is preferred that the Penn professor is from your major department. Ideally at least one of these letters are from members of Penn’s standing faculty. Applicants should review the materials (ESPECIALLY the FAQs) and follow application instructions here. 

Contact Information

Dr. Harriet Joseph or Dr. Wallace Genser
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships 
3539 Locust Walk, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104



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