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

Teaching Fellow positions 2017-2018 at Sciences Po

Friday, March 31, 2017

Sciences Po welcomes applications from post-doctoral and doctoral students close to their thesis submission for teaching positions on one of its three Anglophone undergraduate campuses in France: Reims, Menton or Le Havre. Each campus focuses on a world region and offers a 3-year Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology Law and Humanities. Courses are taught in English. The successful applicant’s area of expertise will be relevant to the disciplines taught at Sciences Po and to the campus’ world regional focus.

Contact for more information

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.


RESCHEDULED: Handling the Stress of the Dissertation for People of Color

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Dissertation writing can be stressful! Especially if you're a student of color!

 Even the most self-assured students are worried at the prospect of completing their dissertation and navigating academic institutions.

You’re Not Alone.

Come to the Handling the Stress of the Dissertation Workshop, specifically addressing the experiences of People of Color. Dr. Marilia Marien from CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) will facilitate the discussion.

Lunch will be provided. Please note that the event has been rescheduled to 3/28!

Fellowship 101 with CURF

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

CURF is Penn’s advising hub and institutional endorser for fellowships like the Fulbright Award, the Boren Fellowship, and numerous other opportunities for which graduate students are eligible.  Join us for this information session with CURF advisors to learn more about opportunities like these and the services CURF provides in support of fellowship applicants.


Lunch provided! 


Celebrate Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week: Donuts and Coffee Break!

Thursday, April 06, 2017, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Join us to celebrate YOU during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week! We'll provide delicious donuts (including vegan options!) and coffee--come out and take a break with Grad Center staff and fellow students. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Grad School Hacks!

Friday, April 07, 2017, 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Room 302 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Room 303 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Join us for a series of half hour workshops on topics on how to improve your life and work in graduate school! Sessions include:

  • Reference management software
  • Productivity apps
  • Budgeting on a stipend
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Managing your committee
  • ...and more!

The sessions are led by staff at the University of Pennsylvania as well as fellow graduate students. Coffee and tea will be provided in between each session. Please join us for the happy hour that follows in the first floor common room of the Grad Center, at 4 pm.

Navigating Series Happy Hour

Friday, April 07, 2017, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

You've worked hard... Sometimes you just need a break! Come join us for happy hour. Free beer and wine served to those over 21. Free snacks for everyone.

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)    


Other University Events

Fulbright Event Series at CURF's Fireside Lounge

Monday, April 17, 2017, 04:00 PM - 12:00 AM
CURFâs Fireside Lounge (Room 200, 2nd floor, the ARCH Building, 3601 Locust Walk)

The Fulbright US Student Program funds 8-12 months of international experience (ranging from independent research, to teaching English, to graduate study and more) in one of 155 countries.

Please join us at these upcoming Fulbright events – all will be held in CURF’s Fireside Lounge (Room 200, 2nd floor, the ARCH Building, 3601 Locust Walk):

Thursday, March 16 @4pm

Fulbright recipient talks: Grace Truong (COL ’15/Research grant to the Philippines) and Matthew Lee (NURS ‘14/Research grant to Australia) 


Thursday, March 23rd @4pm

Fulbright US Student Program Information Session


Week of April 17th – dates and times TBD

Fulbright Week, featuring a Fulbright Information Session, multiple panels with recent recipients, and conversations with Fulbright returnees

Event Archives

Navigating the Grant Fall Conference 2014

Navigating the Grant International Student Workshop 2014

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