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Stuart Curran Fund for Graduate Student Travel

The Stuart Curran Fund for Graduate Student Travel was established through the generosity of our esteemed colleague Stuart Curran, Professor of English from 1974 until his retirement in 2013. The fund honors Professor Curran's deep commitment to stimulating and guiding graduate student research.

Students may apply to the Curran Fund to help support any form of graduate research, including research trips and participation in conferences, up to $500 per fiscal year (July-June). Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year.


All graduate students in good standing who have not maxed out their $500 limit in the current fiscal year (July to June) are eligible to apply. Students who apply for less than the $500 maximum will have the remainder of their allotment available until the end of the fiscal year. Annual allotments do not roll over from year to year.


The Stuart Curran Fund Application Form is now online! Please visit:

Complete and submit the online form before the start date of your trip. Approval will be requested from the student's advisor (indicated on the form) and the Graduate Chair. Once approved, the AD of Graduate Studies will send the student an award letter by email and initiate the payment through Penn Marketplace. The process may take up to 2 weeks. There is no need to submit receipts at the end of the trip.