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

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities


2018-2019 Forum on STUFF  


Application Deadline: October 15, 2017



The Wolf Humanities Center (formerly Penn Humanities Forum) is now accepting applications for its 2018-2019 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities on the general theme of Stuff. The fellowship is open to untenured junior scholars who have received or will receive their Ph.D. (the only eligible terminal degree) between December 2009 and December 2017. You must have your degree in hand or have passed your defense no later than December 2017 to be eligible.


Research proposals from all humanistic disciplines and allied areas (e.g., anthropology, history of science) are eligible, except for educational curriculum building and the performing arts (scholars of performing arts are eligible).



Fellows teach one undergraduate course during the year in addition to conducting their research (must be in residence during the fellowship year: August 1 - May 31). Stipend: $54,590 plus single-coverage health insurance and a $3,000 research fund.

For full fellowship guidelines, the downloadable application, and the Stuff topic description:

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


PhD Grant Info Session

Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Staff from the Family Center, Grad Center, and the Office of the Provost are hosting an PhD Grant Information Session to explain the new PhD Grant programs and answer any student questions. Please register in advance. 

PhD Grant Programs: 

The University announced the creation of four grant programs for PhD students to help offset the cost of childcare and family expenses, and health insurance for dependents, dental insurance, and health insurance for students beyond funding years. These grants are funded by the Office of the Provost and administered by the Family Resource Center, Graduate Student Center,  and the Office of Student Registration and Financial Services. The applications for these programs will open in August, the deadline to submit the application and supporting documents is Sept 29

  • Family Grant  helps to offset the cost of childcare and other expenses for PhD students with children. Eligible PhD students may receive up to $5,000 per child each year. 
  • Dependent Health Insurance Grant helps to offset the cost of dependent health insurance for PhD students with children and/or spouses. Eligible students may receive grant funds up to $1,000 per dependent. 
  • Health Insurance Grant helps to offset the cost of health insurance for PhD students who are no longer funded by their departments. The Health Insurance Grant Program provides annual grants, up to $2,000, to PhD students who meet certain income eligibility criteria. 
  • Dental Insurance Grant  subsidizes 50% of the cost of Penn Dental insurance for all PhD students. 

Graduate Student Coffee & Conversation with CURF

Friday, September 15, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fireside Lounge (Room 200 of the ARCH Building, 3601 Locust Walk)

Despite its name, CURF – the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships – is not only for undergraduates!

So, what does CURF do for Grad Students?

CURF is Penn’s institutional hub for many prestigious fellowships (including the Fulbright Award, the Boren Fellowship, and the Gates Cambridge Scholarship) for which graduate students at the MA, professional degree, or PhD level may be eligible. Some fellowship opportunities CURF supports allow students to conduct research and/or study abroad or in the US. Others fund grad students to gain professional work experience, or engage in service, or develop language skills in foreign countries. Some can be undertaken during a graduate program, and others are post-graduation opportunities. For a full list of fellowships for which CURF supports graduate students applications, see CURF’s searchable Fellowships Directory at


CURF invites students in all Penn’s graduate schools to join us for coffee and conversation. CURF will hold an open forum, complete with coffee, bagels, and assorted spreads. We’ll briefly discuss several fellowships that are particularly relevant to grad students (and that require institutional support). We’ll then open the conversation to invite questions about fellowship opportunities and the ways CURF and other campus resources can help you identify and apply for these opportunities.

Contact: for more information.

Poster Session & Reception for the GAPSA-Provost Awards for Interdisciplinary Innovation

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

All members of the University community are invited to attend this poster session and reception for the winners of the 2017 GAPSA-Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation:

Sarah Yassine and Rivka Weinstock: “(dis)joint mapping: A proposal to investigate and map the landscape of the Demarcation Line between Lebanon and Israel/Palestine”

Andrea Leone-Pizzighella: “Narratives of Becoming in the Italian Education System”

Prakirti Nangia: “International Development, Maternalism, and Women's Social Citizenship: A Case Study of India, 1985-2015”

Lara Fabian: “At the Crossroads of Empire: Lerik in Antiquity Archaeological Project”

Lindsay Glassman: “No Use for Doctors' Orders: An Exploration of Religion, Class, and Culture in Delibrate Refusals of Medical Care”

Alexis Rider: “Science on Ice: Materializing Deep Time in the Arctic”

Other University Events

Academics Plus Workshop Series for International students
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The Weingarten Center welcomes new international students to campus! Want to sharpen your study strategies or talk about how studying in the U.S. might be different than studying in your home country? Come to an Academics Plus workshop to get your semester off to a great start! For workshop descriptions and registration info, please follow this link:


Event Archives

Navigating the Grant Fall Conference 2014

Navigating the Grant International Student Workshop 2014

Common Room Summer Hours

Monday-Friday: 10AM - 5PM
Sat & Sun: Closed

Graduate Student Center

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