Postdocs and Students

The Vice Provost for Research collaborates with other administrative offices to promote the research and educational experience at Penn for undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral fellows as part of the University’s mission.


Postdoctoral fellows in the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine should contact the Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs office which administers programs and associated resources.

Postdoctoral fellows in the School of Engineering and Applied Science should direct their attention to the SEAS Resource Page for Graduate Students and Postdocs.

Postdoctoral fellows in the School of Arts and Sciences offerings should direct their attention to the SAS Postdocs Resource Page.

Request Form for Exception to the Policy for the Appointment of Foreign Nationals under the Postdoctoral Trainee Program:


Fellowship Programs

PCI Fellows

The PCI Fellows Program is an experiential education program that was launched in the Fall of 2008. It is available to students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers at Penn. PCI Fellows will be exposed to a wide range of emerging technologies and commercialization opportunities in – among others – the life sciences, physical sciences, and nanotechnology areas. Learn More >


Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity

The OVPR offers The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity Program for promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute significantly to their academic missions.  Learn More >


Graduate Students

Graduate programs at Penn emphasize the integration of knowledge across boundaries and disciplines. Upon acceptance into one of Penn’s 50 interdisciplinary “graduate groups”, the student completes research-intensive coursework and independent study under the supervision of several faculty; from this process, the student identifies a research mentor and undertakes intensive research on a specific interest that culminates in publication of the dissertation — an original piece of scholarship that represents a unique contribution to that field of knowledge.


Undergraduate Students

The Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF) coordinates undergraduate research on behalf of the University, including opportunities to work with Penn faculty recipients of University Research Foundation.