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Opportunities for Seniors

We encourage any seniors doing independent research to consult with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) office early in the Fall semester. Call (215) 746-6488 or write to for an appointment.

Seniors working on projects requiring travel or other research costs may apply for an English Undergraduate Research Grant, which provides students up to $500 to support costs associated with a specific creative or critical project.

Seniors may also apply for funding through the College Alumni Society Research Grant. English majors are particularly encouraged to apply for a CASRG funded by the Pincus-Magaziner family, which supports projects undertaken in English.

The President’s Engagement Prizes provide recipients with up to $150,000 ($50,000 for living expenses for each student recipient, plus up to $100,000 for project implementation expenses) to develop and implement a promising local, national, or global engagement project during the year after graduation.

Seniors who wish to study in the UK or elsewhere internationally and who are planning a gap year after graduation should attend a Fellowships 101 Information Session and declare their intent to apply for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates, Thouron, Fulbright, and other fellowships by March 31 (a year and a half before they wish to take up a fellowship). Penn application deadlines begin the first day of Fall classes.