US Applicants


  • Graduating seniors, current graduate or professional students or recent graduates of the University of Pennsylvania are eligible to apply.
  • U.S. citizenship or proof of intent to become a U.S. citizen is a requirement of eligibility for a Thouron Award.

Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

  • Completed Thouron Scholarship application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Transcripts of all colleges attended
  • Resume
  • Six passport-sized photos
  • More information

Applicants are selected on the basis of scholarship, as well as clarity of purpose, contribution to community, and their “ambassadorial qualities.”  They must be able to show enthusiasm for their particular specialty and also to participate in the exchange of ideas and opinions in a variety of settings.

Applications to British universities are made separately from the Thouron Award application process. Students intending to apply for an Award should contact independently those institutions to which they wish to apply for application forms and information about entrance procedures. The application deadline for the Honours B.A. at Oxford and Cambridge is October 15. Those wishing to enroll in graduate degree programs should apply by December 15. Institutional addresses, information about degree programs, and a list of current and former Thouron Fellows who may be contacted for advice are available in the Office of International Programs.

The closing date for students to file an application with CURF for a Thouron Award is November 1. Candidates who are successful in the preliminary review will be invited to appear before the Thouron Selection Committee in January.

Selection process

Completed applications from candidates are reviewed by a Pre-Selection Committee composed of faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania who judge the candidates' academic credentials. This Committee chooses finalists to meet with the American Selection Committee at the formal Selection, typically held at the end of January in Philadelphia.

Interview process

The formal selection process is in three parts: the formal interview; the group discussions; and a personal interview with Rupert or Rachel Thouron and another committee member.

While academic criteria are important, given the nature of the Award in the context of graduate study, it is important to do well in all three aspects of the selection process. The three parts are designed to allow all members of the Committee to gain a fair overall view of the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates for the Awards.


Cheryl Shipman
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224
Phone: 215-746-6488
Fax: 215-573-4869