Penn Graduate Student Center

Navigating the Grant

About Navigating the Grant

Navigating the Grant seeks to help doctoral students be successful in the grant process through workshops and resources. This program is cosponsored by Penn Graduate Student Center and GAPSA.

Peer-to-Peer Grant Advising Program


Additional Funding

Penn Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity

Application Deadline Friday, November 03, 2017

The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity Program is a competitive program whose goal is to increase the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic research at both the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  Both organizations seek to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute significantly to their academic missions. Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at either Penn or CHOP. Successful candidates will receive mentored scholarly and research training as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research success skills and prepare them for a faculty position in a major university.

Complete details can be found at

Career Services

Walk-In Wednesdays with Career Services
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If you have a quick, career-related question, or want feedback on a CV, resume, or any job/internship application materials, then take this opportunity to meet with a Career Services graduate student/postdoc career advisor at the Graduate Student Center (room 303) every Wednesday from 12-2pm. We are looking forward to speaking with you! To find other walk-in hours offered at Career Services, visit:, and to schedule a 30-minute appointment with a career advisor specific to your School, visit

Limited Submissions within Penn

Open Limited Submission Programs (Fall 2017)

Note: Submission Dates Vary Through Sunday, December 31, 2017

For certain funding opportunities, the University as a whole can only submit a finite number of applications or nominations. The Office of the Vice Provost for Education coordinates the selection process for competitions in instances where a limited number of applications are accepted. Penn students interested in applying for a limited submission opportunity should discuss it with their faculty advisor, and contact VPE at with any questions. 

The competitions listed below were coordinated by the Office of the Vice Provost for Education during the 2016-2017 academic year.  Check this site frequently for the latest announcements and application instructions.  Information about other funding opportunities for graduate students is available from Career Services.


HHMI Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study

The Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study promote the development of scholars who will assume leadership roles in science, especially among college and university faculties responsible for developing the next generation of scientists. The fellowships are open to PhD students in their 2nd or 3rd year of study who are: motivated toward careers as academic scientists; from racial, ethnic, and other underrepresented groups in science, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds; and, committed to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in science.

Faculty may nominate students to the Vice Provost for Education.  Ten institutional nominees are submitted.    


Graduate Student Awards for the Lindau Meeting

Since 1951, Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics, and physiology/medicine convene annually in Lindau, Germany, to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers. The Laureates lecture on the topic of their choice in the mornings and participate in less formal, small-group discussions with the students in the afternoons and some evenings. Students and young researchers are nominated and selected by several sponsoring agencies and organizations.

Penn may nominate two PhD students to attend the annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in the summer.  Forward nominations to Vice Provost for Education.  


Google PhD Fellowship

Google fellowships directly support graduate students as they pursue their PhD, as well as connect them to a Google Research Mentor. Penn may submit one nominee for each fellowship.  Forward nominations to Vice Provost for Education.


Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Awards 

One nomination will be advanced for each of the following awards.  Submit nominations to the Vice Provost for Education.

  • Doctoral Dissertation Award
  • Masters Thesis Award
  • Geffrey Marshall Mentoring Award
  • Masters Teaching Award
  • Doctoral Faculty Teaching Award 


Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship

Fellowships pay tuition and a stipend of $18,000 for three years.  US citizens in any field of study are eligible.  The terms require that the Fellow conduct studies entirely within the USA.  Penn is permitted to submit three nominations. Submit application form to Vice Provost for Education.


Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation

The Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation aims to recognize and honor Excellence in Biomedical Science conducted by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Penn may nominate two graduate students and two postdocs. The $50,000 award is a personal cash prize for the student.  Applications for the graduate student awards are submitted to the Vice Provost for Education.  Applications for the postdoc awards are submitted to the Vice Provost for Research. 



Event Archives

Navigating the Grant Fall Conference 2014

Navigating the Grant International Student Workshop 2014

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