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PhD Grant Info Session

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Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Staff from the Family Center, Grad Center, and the Office of the Provost are hosting an PhD Grant Information Session to explain the new PhD Grant programs and answer any student questions. Please register in advance. 

PhD Grant Programs: 

The University announced the creation of four grant programs for PhD students to help offset the cost of childcare and family expenses, and health insurance for dependents, dental insurance, and health insurance for students beyond funding years. These grants are funded by the Office of the Provost and administered by the Family Resource Center, Graduate Student Center,  and the Office of Student Registration and Financial Services. The applications for these programs will open in August, the deadline to submit the application and supporting documents is Sept 29

  • Family Grant  helps to offset the cost of childcare and other expenses for PhD students with children. Eligible PhD students may receive up to $5,000 per child each year. 
  • Dependent Health Insurance Grant helps to offset the cost of dependent health insurance for PhD students with children and/or spouses. Eligible students may receive grant funds up to $1,000 per dependent. 
  • Health Insurance Grant helps to offset the cost of health insurance for PhD students who are no longer funded by their departments. The Health Insurance Grant Program provides annual grants, up to $2,000, to PhD students who meet certain income eligibility criteria. 
  • Dental Insurance Grant  subsidizes 50% of the cost of Penn Dental insurance for all PhD students. 

Outside Events for Parents & Families

Growing Minds, Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum introduces Growing Minds, new programming specifically geared to younger visitors and their families. Growing Minds offers events like with Seeds to Sprouts, Stroller Stride, Story Time Nature Yoga. Visit the Morris Arboretum for the full schedule and registration information.


**Morris Arboretum is free with a Penn card!

Family and Kids Programs at the Penn Museum

Penn Museum Family Programming

Families can create fun memories in the Penn Museum’s international galleries with a lineup of engaging programs geared toward visitors of all ages. Except where noted, programs are free with Museum admission donation ($15 general admission; $12 for seniors [65+]; $10 for full-time students [with ID] and children [6-17]; free for Penn Museum members, children under 6, active U.S. military and PennCard holders.

For the most updated information on family programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for online pre-registration (required for some programs) visit the Museum’s


World Culture Series and Family Saturdays bring the Museum collections to life, immersing visitors of all ages in music, dance, culinary arts, crafts, and cultural traditions from around the world. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

Family Friendly events at the Kimmel Center

If you are interested in exploring Philly and doing more outside of the Penn area then you should check out the Kimmel Center. All year long they throw a series of events and many happened to be Family Friendly. Grab your children and go check them out.