Submitting an application for the President’s Engagement Prize requires completion of four steps:


Step 1: Form an idea.
Water purification in Africa.  Health care across the country.  Education in West Philadelphia.  Every good project starts with a good idea.  Reach out to the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF), your professors, and your peers to begin brainstorming your idea.

Step 2: Attend an information session.
CURF hosts a number of information sessions throughout the fall semester.  Attend one and learn more about the President’s Engagement Prizes – there’s no commitment involved.

Step 3: Find a mentor.
Every President’s Engagement Prize applicant is required to have a project mentor.  If you don’t already have someone in mind, CURF can help you find one.

Step 4: Submit a project application.
Once you have your idea, plan, and mentor, you’re ready to complete and submit an application.  When the time comes, details on how to submit an application can be found at CURF.

This year’s deadline is
Friday, February 02, 2024

President's Prizes

Engagement is just one piece of the Penn vision.


This prize offers a broader cross section of the Penn campus a special opportunity to propose meaningful initiatives, to receive funding, and to make an immediate—and sustained—community impact.


Unique at both Penn and across higher education, the President's Innovation Prize underscores the University’s considerable commitment to encouraging students to put their knowledge to work for the betterment of humankind.


Competitively awarded on an annual basis, the President’s Engagement Prizes empower Penn seniors to design and undertake local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate.