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CURF’s Fellowships Directory is a tool for Penn students and alumni to familiarize themselves with a broad range of fellowship opportunities. Keep in mind, it is not an exhaustive list. Fellowships staff are happy to assist you in applying for virtually any fellowship. Here is a pdf of a 4-year overview of some of the fellowships available to undergraduates.

If you are (or soon will be) an active applicant for any fellowship, sign up for CURF's Mailing List for weekly updates on fellowships and related opportunities and enroll in CURF's Fellowship Resources canvas site to access resources for preparing for fellowships.

For applicants interested in graduate study in the United Kingdom, please see the Identifying UK Graduate Programs & Funding page and use the UK government's Research Excellence Framework 2021 ranking of UK graduate programs to identify the strongest and most appropriate UK graduate degree programs that fit your interests as determined by UK faculty.

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  • To focus on fellowships that fit your needs, use the Filters below to select:
    • WHEN you wish to receive funding (Fellowship Availability)
    • WHAT kind of experience you are seeking (Fellowship Type)
    • WHERE you wish to go (Fellowship Location)
    • WHICH fellowships you are eligible for (Fellowship Eligibility)
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Rhodes Scholarship

Deadline: 08/01/2024 (Tentative)

Funds two or more years of graduate study in nearly any academic discipline at the University of Oxford for leaders and advocates with a demonstrated commitment to helping the less fortunate and becoming leaders in their field (Penn nomination required)

Marshall Scholarship

Deadline: 08/01/2024 (Tentative)

Funds one or (preferably) two or more years of graduate study in nearly any academic discipline at any university in the United Kingdom for thought leaders and advocates with a demonstrated commitment to helping the less fortunate and becoming collaborative leaders who engage with UK colleagues while and after their study in the UK (Penn nomination required)

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Deadline: 08/29/2024

Fulbright Grants fund 8-12 months of international experience in over 140 countries. Program is open to US citizens from all backgrounds. Applicants should be genuinely interested in engaging with diverse populations, and Fulbright encourages applicants representing the US’s racial, ethnic, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and regional diversity.

Schwarzman Scholarship

Deadline: 09/12/2024

Provides a fully-funded one-year Master's degree in Global Affairs at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role. Chinese language proficiency is NOT required

Pickering Graduate Fellowship

Deadline: 09/21/2024 (Tentative)

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, administered by Howard University, that attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State. It welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with a demonstrated financial need for graduate school.

Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Deadline: 09/28/2024 (Tentative)

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent, and implement U.S. foreign policy.

Luce Scholars

Deadline: 10/01/2024

In spite of its name, the Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. At the heart of the enterprise are the internships that are arranged for each Scholar on the basis of their specific professional interests, background, qualifications, and experience. Luce is open to US citizens and permanent residents, and placements can be made in the following countries: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Scoville Peace Fellowship

Deadline: 10/02/2024 (Tentative)

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship funds college graduates to spend six to nine months working on key issues of peace and security in Washington, DC.