Awards, Internships & Fellowships

The Kelly Writers House offers many learning opportunities, including internships; some internships pay, but most are not work-study jobs and are unpaid (volunteer). They are available to undergraduate students (and, in one instance, to recent graduates) at Penn only. Kelly Writers House internships are designed to give students a chance to get deeply involved in a particular program or project. More information about each opportunity is below. To apply for any of these, contact Kelly Writers House Director Jessica Lowenthal at

Application-Based Prizes And Awards

The Goldstein Prize

award: $2000
deadline: April 4, 2021, 11:59 PM
apply here: Goldstein Prize application

The Goldstein prize is an annual award/"writing scholarship" for a current Penn undergraduate affiliated with the Writers House. The award is intended to encourage and support a student writer with financial need (to pay the rent, to have a cushion that will enable a summer of writing, to help make ends meet, or to pay for special project expenses, etc.). The $2000 will be paid as a prize.

The Goldstein Prize is awarded competitively based on a specific writing proposal. You need not have expenses associated with your project — we understand that you may simply need general financial assistance to support your writing — but you should have a project you want to develop and a proposal describing your goals.

The Terry B. Heled Travel & Research Grant

award: $3000
deadline: TBA

Mali Heled Kinberg (C'95) has created this endowed fund at the Kelly Writers House that, each summer, will enable a student to travel for the purpose of conducting the research that will lead to a significant writing project. The winner of the Heled Travel Grant will receive $3,000 toward the costs of travel for research. The travel and research will be conducted during the summer (between mid-May and the end of August). Candidates who propose a trip of longer rather than shorter duration will be given priority, and candidates who propose to travel beyond North America will also get priority, but any travel plan—to any place, of any length—will receive serious consideration based on the quality of the project. Click here for more information on how to apply.

Writers House Junior Fellows Award

project budget ($2000) + cash prize ($2000)
deadline: April 4, 2021, 11:59 PM
apply here: Junior Fellows application

Are you a graduating senior or recent Penn grad with an idea for a creative project? Apply for the Junior Fellows Prize! The Writers House Junior Fellow will receive a cash award of $2000, plus a budget of up to $2000 to support a creative project.

The purpose of the Writers House Junior Fellows program is to encourage excellent Penn students to stay in the Philadelphia area as they develop their creative talents in the months or year immediately following graduation. The idea of this award: to support continuing writing projects post-graduation.

Requirements: The Junior Fellow must be llving in Philadelphia. The award year should include or culminate in a public event or other form of community engagement that takes place at the Writers House for the benefit of the Writers House community. The event could be a presentation of the Junior Fellow’s creative work or a curated public event that emerges from such work (i.e. the Junior Fellow could plan an event at KWH that relates to ther interests).

The Kerry Sherin Wright Prize

project budget ($2000) + cash prize: ($1000)
deadline: April 4, 2021, 11:59 PM
apply here: Kerry Prize application

Do you have an idea for a special public program or project to be enacted at Writers House next academic year? Apply for the Kelly Prize! You will receive a budget of up to $2000 to execute your plan, plus an award of $1000. Read more here:

Named for Kerry Sherin Wright, the first director of the Writers House, the Kerry Prize supports proposals that match Kerry’s vision for this space: projects that are communal by nature and intellectually open. Kerry Prize programs have included readings and workshops by visiting authors, ongoing group writing projects, and art installations.

Paid internships

Summer Arts & Culture Internships at Penn

award: $3000 - $3500
deadline: early spring semester

The College of Arts & Sciences and CURF fund a total of twenty-two summer research internships as part of a summer institute for University of Pennsylvania students in the humanities and social sciences. Two of these summer internships will be available at the Kelly Writers House. These full-time (30 hrs/week) internships are for a period of up to ten weeks and include a stipend of between $3,000 and $3,500, depending on the organization and length of the internship. Full descriptions and application forms are available at

Appointed Scholarships (No Application)

The Behrman Family Endowed Scholarship Fund For Young Writers

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to an undergraduate student who is a member of the Kelly Writers House community and/or involved in Writers House projects and programs. For more information see: