Penn India Research and Engagement Fund

Launched in October 2017, the Penn India Research and Engagement Fund (Penn IREF) is a competitive matching program designed to stimulate and support activity in India.

Primary Goals of the Fund

The primary goals of the India Research and Engagement Fund are:

  1. To support outstanding research projects from across the University that are poised to make significant contributions to their field and catalyze transformative ideas in and across academic disciplines and schools.

  2. To increase the study and understanding of India at Penn and create opportunities for meaningful student engagement, including the development of innovative curricular activities, new courses, and short term study opportunities, such as Penn Global Seminars.

  3. To develop new, or strengthen existing, institutional and faculty-to-faculty relationships with Indian partners.

Learn More About the Fund

Interested in applying?  Received an award but have questions about fund management?  Check out our resources and tools for Fund Seekers and Fund Awardees.  

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For Fund Seekers

Learn more about the application and review process for the Penn India Research and Engagement Fund. 

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For Fund Seekers

Learn more about the application and review process for the Penn India Research and Engagement Fund. 

Meet the IREF Recipients

Meet the Penn faculty whose research is supported by the India Research and Engagement Fund. 

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Penn India Research Symposium

Each year, Penn Global hosts an interdisciplinary symposium to highlight and facilitate discussion on activities supported by the Penn India Research and Engagement Fund (IREF) and other India-related work at Penn. The symposium features research “blitz” presentations, highlighting Penn faculty work across a broad range of fields, and programmatic workshops on conducting research and activities in India.