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There are many opportunities for Penn undergraduates to conduct research in any discipline—regardless of their previous experience.  Research positions can be:

  • Volunteer
  • Arranged through work-study
  • Paid -- funded directly through a faculty member’s grant or via a program that provides a stipend
  • Conducted for academic credit, or
  • Supported via a grant for which you apply. 

Keep in mind that funding options are often specific to particular kinds of research, fields of study, grad year, etc.  In addition, most (but not all) CURF funding is reserved for research conducted under the mentorship of a Penn faculty member.

Use the list below to identify research programs, grants and opportunities at Penn, elsewhere in the US and abroad.  While CURF strives to maintain a thorough and up-to-date website, these listings are not comprehensive and students are encouraged to conduct their own funding searches.

What grants should I apply for?

The Penn Undergraduate Research Mentorship (PURM) program is ideal for first and second-year students who have little to no prior research experience.  For more advanced researchers, the College Alumni Society Research Grant, the Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant, and the Class of 1971 Robert J. Holtz Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Research are good places to start.

Other options are often specific to particular populations or kinds of research (e.g. grants for international research, social-impact endeavors, or for juniors who have not done research before). 

Pincus-Magaziner Family Undergraduate Research Fund

Deadline: 10/23/2022

The Pincus-Magaziner Family Undergraduate Research and Travel Fund provides research and travel support for students majoring in Biology, Biological Basis of Behavior, Literature, English, Art History, or Mathematics. Students majoring in these fields are eligible to apply for Pincus-Magaziner funding each Fall and Spring semester through the College Alumni Society Research Grant program. All College Alumni Society Research Grant applicants majoring in these fields will be considered for Pincus-Magaziner funding.

College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant

Deadline: 10/23/2022

Members of Penn’s alumni community have created a number of grants to support research and scholarly work of undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences. Due to the generosity of Penn alumni, grants are now available in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Complete descriptions of these awards are available at the end of this announcement.

Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant

Deadline: 10/23/2022

The Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant (formerly the Nassau Fund Award) provides funds for students pursuing an independent scholarly project during the academic year. Funds can be used for costs of materials and supplies, toward travel costs, or for costs of the project. The Vagelos Grant is open to all undergraduates at Penn, and research in any field is eligible for support.

Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)

Deadline: 11/01/2022

SR-EIP is a fully paid summer internship that provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to PhD or MD-PhD programs.

Gates Center Summer Internship Program

Deadline: 12/01/2022

The Gates Center Summer Internship Program (GSIP) encourages outstanding undergraduates to consider careers in biomedical research in an academic or industry setting by providing state-of-the-art training opportunities at the Gates Center.​

Penn Undergraduate Urban Research Colloquium

Deadline: 12/31/2022 (Tentative)

Undergraduate Clinical Scholars Program (UCSP)

Deadline: 01/07/2023 (Tentative)