Fiscal Operations

Please visit The Penn Portal for Faculty & Staff for all policies and procedures relating to business at the University of Pennsylvania. The following list is a general incomplete guideline. For questions or assistance, please dial 215-573-3456.

Purchase Orders

***The BEN Financials Commodity Matrix was developed to help University faculty and staff determine the appropriate buying method and budget object code for purchases of most commonly ordered equipment, supplies, and services from external suppliers.

P-Card

***The BEN Financials Commodity Matrix was developed to help University faculty and staff determine the appropriate buying method and budget object code for purchases of most commonly ordered equipment, supplies, and services from external suppliers.

Individual Service Provider (ISP) Payment

Determine Payment Type and Eligibility

Proceedure, Onboarding and Forms

***Please note that all travel and expenses involved must be rolled into the fee structure as they are considered a taxable expense. All fees should be discussed with the department prior to agreement of services.

Payments to a Business

For questions related to current procedure, please contact Business Manager Christine Williams at creid@design.upenn.edu

Student Prizes, Awards and Travel Stipends

Student Prizes and Awards

Travel Stipends and Studio Travel Reimbursement

  • Please note the University is changing the payment process for travel stipends and studio travel cost incurred---please reach out to the FAO for more information before attempting to offer these payment types

Faculty Development Funds

The purpose of the Faculty Development Fund (FDF) is to provide standing faculty, professors of practice, and full-time lecturers with a dedicated uniform source of funding to pursue professional development and research activities.  View this document for an overview of best practices.