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Highly Aided Summer Funding

Highly Aided students who are not graduating (first-years, sophomores, and juniors) are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in funding for unpaid or underpaid internship or research opportunities. Students are eligible to receive this funding twice during their time as a Penn undergraduate. Funding is intended to help students cover living expenses throughout the course of their summer employment.

Summer 2021

This summer, first-year students are newly eligible to access this funding. Please note that students can still access this funding only twice, so if you utilize it during your first-year summer, that means you can only use it one more time before you graduate. 

Eligible Highly Aided students will receive an email with a personal application link in early February. SRFS will continue to follow up with students throughout the spring semester to encourage applications. If you misplace your application link, please contact the Highly Aided team for a new one using the button below:

Request an Application

Note: If you are applying for an internship or research opportunity through a Penn department that places you in the role (i.e. Global Research & Internship Program, RealArts@Penn, etc.), please complete that program’s application process. If you are placed in a position, we will work with that department to provide you with funding.


To be eligible for summer funding, a student must be a Highly Aided first-year, sophomore, or junior participating in a 6-12 week summer research or internship opportunity. Students will be required to submit documentation that they have been offered the internship or research opportunity, including any salary, and complete a budget estimating their expenses and any expected earnings over the course of the summer. Finally, students will be asked to briefly describe why the internship or research opportunity is relevant to their academic or professional goals.

After you submit your funding application at the link above, please complete this budget template and submit any additional requested documentation via the SRFS Document Submission Portal. To expedite processing, please fill out all of the requested fields and type “Summer Funding Application” in the Message field.

Note that this program is not intended to fund fee-based, short-term summer experiences. This funding is also not intended for summer courses. Students planning to register for summer courses, at Penn or abroad, should complete the 2021 summer financial aid application.

Applications will be received and processed on a rolling deadline.

Please contact with any questions.