Funding Resources for Graduate Students/Postdocs

On Campus Resources

Career Services Searchable Database of Funding Organizations

Career Services Library Resources - Search the Career Services library for books related to funding, such as directories of funding organizations and books on writing applications. Particularly useful are: Foundation Grants to Individuals, Peterson's Grants for Postdoctoral Study, Directory of Financial Aids for Women, Funding for United States Study and the Annual Register of Grant Support.

Career Services summer funding for internships - Many summer internships, particularly in certain fields, provide only a small stipend or do not pay at all. Frequently the internships are located in cities with a high cost of living. This means that many students are unable to take advantage of excellent positions, which are sometimes the first step on a career in a given field. Other students wish to participate in not for profit or NGO work abroad, or to do a research project, but the travel costs to get there are prohibitive.

Office of the Vice Provost for Research Funding Information

Graduate Student Center, Navigating the Grant

Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs Funding Opportunities and Resources

Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF)
Note: includes some information for graduate students, including international grants.

Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) Grants and Funding

Other resources on campus include:

Additional Sites for Funding Information

Foundation Center - Comprehensive database of U.S. and global grantmakers and their grants.

Cornell University Graduate School Fellowship Database - A searchable database of fellowship opportunities, linked with permission of Cornell University.

The Grant Advisor - This online version of coming deadlines is extremely user-friendly and contains links to additional funding sources. These files can be accessed only from a campus computer or a upenn.edu account.

National Institutes of Health, Office of Extramural Research Grants & Funding

National Postdoctoral Association International Fellowships and Grants List

Grants and Funding

Graduate Scholarship List and Guide by Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC). This is a guide for graduate student scholarships that do not require proof of citizenship for eligibility.

Assistance with Applications

Call 215 898 7530 to set up an appointment with a career advisor to review your application materials.

Scholarly Pursuits: A Guide to Professional Development During the Graduate Years by Cynthia Verba, Director of Fellowships, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. A publication of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. Scholarly Pursuits offers advice on all aspects of professional development in preparation for an academic career and for enhancing PhD career opportunities more generally. It also includes samples of winning fellowship proposals, as well as CVs and cover letters for job applications.

Eleven Steps to Funding Success

It is often necessary to send letters of recommendations to funding organizations. These are some of the options you can consider when determining the best approach to requesting and sending letters of recommendation: Credentials Service

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