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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:

  1. Watch this 2022 video on Graduate Study in the United Kingdom led by representatives from Imperial College London and University College London (information applicable to applicants to any UK university): London Calling: Learn How to Successfully Apply to Graduate Study in the United Kingdom
  2. The UK government maintains a ranking system for graduate programs based on formal evaluation by UK faculty in dozens of fields:

See Funding graduate study in the UK for additional resources.

TIPS for using CURF's Fellowships Directory below:

  • 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)
  • You may select multiple options within each filter, or leave some or all filters blank to see more options
  • Click "Apply" to view the results of your preferences
  • You may SAVE your customized list by saving the URL from your browser
  • Click "Reset" to return to the complete list of fellowships

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: 12/08/2022

Provides one year of support for full-time completion of a PhD dissertation to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students

Beinecke Scholarship

Deadline: 12/12/2022

Provides $34,000 toward graduate study to juniors eligible for need-based financial aid who are planning to pursue a research-focused master’s or doctoral degree in social sciences, humanities, or the arts, with a strong preference for Pell Grant recipients (Penn nomination required)

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: 12/15/2022

Provides three years of support for full-time PhD study to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students