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 Awards and Fellowships

The Penn Plays Fellowship

award: $500, mentorship, and play development process
deadline: fall semester

Every year, Kelly Writers House teams up with Penn’s Theatre Arts Program to cosponsor a Playwriting Fellowship open to all Penn students. The winning play receives: $500, a workshop read though of the winning piece, guidance from a mentor playwright, and a final staged reading. Almost every professionally developed play goes through a workshop process — it can be a vital step in theater production — and this award is to allow a student playwright an opportunity to interact with a play's development and production. Submissions are due each year early in the fall semester. For more information, contact Writers House director Jessica Lowenthal ( .

The Goldstein Prize

award: $2000
deadline: March 4, 2018

The Goldstein prize is an annual award/"writing scholarship" for a current undergraduate affiliated with the Writers House. The $2000 award is intended to encourage and support a student writer with financial need (to pay for special project expenses, to pay the rent, to have a cushion for a summer of writing, etc.). Application deadline will be announced each spring.

The Terry B. Heled Travel & Research Grant

award: $2000
deadline: fall semester

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 $2,000 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

award: $2000
deadline: March 4, 2018

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 prize: to support you in your continuing writing projects post-graduation. The Junior Fellow receives $2000. He or she can accept this money in the form of an honorarium and/or use the money to create programs for and at the Writers House, including honoraria for speakers or visiting readers, or paying expenses for a program or series that involves equipment, food, materials, etc. The award year culminates in a project or a presentation that takes place at the Writers House for the benefit of the Writers House community.

To apply: email Jessica Lowenthal ( with a brief description (750 words or less) of how you'd want to spend your Junior Fellow year. What project do you want to undertake? How would the prize support your goals? How do you plan to stay connected with the Writers House community? Please include a tentative timeline and simple budget (if apt) for your potential project(s). Note: your proposal does not need to be the final word on what you will do; you just need to give a brief description of what you'd like to do as next year's Junior Fellow. Subject line of email Junior Fellows application. For more information, contact Writers House director Jessica Lowenthal (

The Kerry Sherin Wright Prize

award: $1000 for project costs
deadline: March 4, 2018

The "Kerry Prize" is an annual award honoring the extraordinary achievement of Kerry Sherin Wright, Director of the Kelly Writers House from 1997-2003. The prize is awarded to a Hub member for a project or event proposal that best captures the aesthetic capaciousness and literary communitarianism that is a founding idea of the Writers House and the hallmark of Kerry's work as its Director. Prize money goes for the project expenses (honoraria, travel, materials, food, etc). Read more here:

To apply: email Jessica Lowenthal ( with a short description of your project idea (500 words), a preliminary budget or estimation of costs, and a description of your involvement at Writers House.

Creative Ventures Capital Prizes

award: up to $2500
deadline: March 4, 2018

The Creative Ventures Project at the Kelly Writers House supports innovative ideas, interdisciplinary projects, and intellectual risk-taking; Creative Ventures offers modest funding and practical assistance to help students develop and launch new projects. Creative Ventures Capital Prizes are awarded competitively to support creative projects that, by their inter- or extra-disciplinary focus, complex nature, or eccentricity, may otherwise find difficulty attracting start-up support. Accepted project proposals will receive up to $2500 in initial funding to support the project, as well as mentoring and ongoing development and production assistance from staff and others at the Kelly Writers House (if needed). Creative Ventures is, by its nature, a broad-minded project and wants to encourage a wide and wild variety of ideas. Creative Ventures project proposals need not be writing related. Interdisciplinary ideas are encouraged.

To apply: email Jessica Lowenthal ( with (1) a 500-750 word description of your project, including its expected duration and your intellectual or creative goals, (2) a preliminary budget, (3) a project timeline, and (4) a few sentences about yourself (what are you studying? where are you from? how does this project fulfill your personal goals? etc.). The subject line of your application should be: Creative Ventures Prize application.

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: