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

CURF's Fellowship Directory Page

Monday, May 01, 2017

The Center for Undergraduate Research hosts a fellowship database page for graduate students. 

CURF’s searchable Fellowships Directory below lists the fellowships most often sought by Penn students and alumni. Use the search parameters to identify fellowships for which you are eligible, then explore each fellowship’s website to educate yourself about each fellowship’s focus and application requirements, as well as the biographies of recent recipients. Also check out Penn's Recent Recipients list. CURF’s Fellowships Directory is NOT an exhaustive list, but it is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the opportunities available to you now and in the future.


After you have identified opportunities through CURF’s Fellowships Directory, broaden your search by exploring the many fellowships with more specific content requirements or broader eligibility requirements (many of which are open to both international students and US citizens) at International Scholarships for Students Worldwide and International Fellowships Available to International Students and US Citizens.

International Center for Research on Women: 2017-2018 Mariam K. Chamberlain Award

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is now soliciting nominations for the 2017-2018 Mariam K. Chamberlain Award.

The Award winner, a Ph.D. graduate student, will receive $8,500 and the student’s dissertation advisor will receive $1,500. The sum awarded to the student may be used to help fund ongoing research and associated education costs. It is expected that the sum should also help fund travel expenses related to the Award for both the student and the advisor, including a presentation from the dissertation when the Award period has concluded.

The student’s dissertation must be related to ICRW’s mission to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty. Our main thematic focus areas include violence, rights and inclusion; women’s economic empowerment; and global health, youth and development. A full list of frequently asked questions can be found here.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on May 31, 2017.

For more information on eligibility criteria and requirements for submitting an application, click here.

Limited Submissions within Penn

Open Limited Submission Programs (SPRING)

Monday, May 01, 2017
Note: Submission Dates Vary

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.

Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students

Recognizing excellence in teaching by graduate students across the University, the Penn Prize seeks nominations specifically from the Undergraduates. This is your opportunity to acknowledge graduate students who, through their dedication to teaching, have had a profound impact on your education at Penn.  Ten awards will be made.   

Call for nominations is sent to undergraduates in early February.  The competition is coordinated by the Vice Provost for Education.


Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering 

(CASE) Workshop

Participants learn about science policy, the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement.  The costs of participation (travel, lodging and $125 registration fee) must be underwritten by the student’s graduate program/school.  Penn may nominate 2 PhD students.  Forward nominations to the Vice Provost for Education.


Class of 1939 Graduate Fellowships

The Class of 1939 Fellowship provides full tuition for the first year of Ph.D. study to a student who received a Penn undergraduate degree in the three years prior to beginning the doctoral program. The school or the department must supplement this award to create a full four-year fellowship for the student.  Nominations should be submitted by the school to the Vice Provost for Education.  Three awards are made annually.   


Thanks to Scandinavia Scholarship

No further internal competitions will be held as the scholarship is no longer funded by the sponsor.   Students may, however, apply directly to TTS: “Thanks To Scandinavia awards one scholarship each year to an outstanding student from Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden to study at the university of his or her choice in the United States.”


Y.H. Park Fellowship for Korean Studies

The Fellowship funds a Ph.D. or a masters student in the humanities, social sciences, international management, international studies, or fine arts whose primary research area is Korea and whose dissertation will be on Korea.  Applicants are expected to continue their scholarly activities outside of Korea after completion of their degrees.  They must have sufficient Korean-language proficiency to use Korean-language sources in conducting research and writing dissertations. The Park Fellowship covers the cost of Reduced PhD Tuition, a 12-month stipend and health insurance.  Applications should be submitted to the Vice Provost for Education.


CGS Distinguished Dissertation Award

 (Social Sciences, Math, Physical Sci, Engineering.) 

 (Announced in email to Graduate Deans and Graduate Group Chairs 2/4/14)    


Event Archives

Navigating the Grant Fall Conference 2014

Navigating the Grant International Student Workshop 2014

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