Fellowships for Penn Students

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships:

The South Asia Center offers a limited number of graduate and undergraduate FLAS fellowships both for the academic year and summer. Please see http://www.sas.upenn.edu/flas for more information, and to apply online.


American Institute of Indian Studies Summer Language Program

AIIS offers intensive, immersion-based training in modern and classical South Asian languages at multiple sites in India. Visit their Language Study website for more information.


The Pulitzer International Student Reporting Fellowship

Go deeper in your Penn global education by becoming a student journalist for the Pulitzer Center, a leading journalism organization with deep experience covering global issues. Previous journalism experience is not a requirement but an open mind and a willingness to write, photograph and/or create videos is necessary. Any Penn student who is going to South Asia or the Middle East over the summer may apply for a $500 fellowship award. More information


The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for Graduate Study for New Americans

Eligible Fellows are New Americans. Each year the fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 (paid in three installments) and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow. For more information please visit their website.


Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

A U.S. Department of Education program that provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences. For more information, visit their website.


Fontaine Fellowship

Named in honor of Dr. William Fontaine, professor of philosophy and the first African-American to become a fully affiliated professor at the University of Pennsylvania, the Fontaine Fellowship has been used to advance the University’s goals related to diversity. Originally restricted to U.S. students from groups “traditionally and historically underrepresented” in higher education — specifically African American, Native American, and Hispanic students – diversity is now more broadly defined to include economically disadvantaged and first-generation college students, and others from backgrounds underrepresented in a specific discipline or field. For more information, visit their website.

 Dissertation Research Fellowships

Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (Fulbright DDRA)

IMPORTANT - this application has two deadlines ( currently suspended pending Federal funding). website.


Fulbright International Institute of Education (Fulbright IIE)

IMPORTANT - this application has two deadlines - 1) internal deadline within University of Pennsylvania around mid-September and 2) external Fulbright deadline around mid-October.  Any graduate students interested should contact Chryl Shipman at CURF well in advance of the deadline for important registration (and other) information: shipman@upenn.edu. website.


IHR Mellon Dissertation Fellowship

Application normally due between mid-November through mid-January. website.


American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Fellowship

IMPORTANT - This application is due very early, normally July 1st.  website.


Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship (SSRC-IDRF)

Application normally due early to mid-November. website.


Wenner Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Application normally due around November 1st. website. 


Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

Application normally due around November 15th. website.

Dissertation Research Fellowship

Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Dissertation Completion Fellowship (DCF)

Also see

Useful Penn databases for internal and external fellowship searches are

•    http://www.gsc.upenn.edu/navgrant/resources.php
•    http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/funding/  
•    http://www.upenn.edu/grad/Awards.pdf