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

Awards and Fellowships

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:

The Penn Plays Fellowship

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

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

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

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 recipient of the Writers House Junior Fellows Award helps to create new programs at the House, and is given study space, resources, and a small stipend to write and create new art. For more information about the Junior Fellows Program, including past recipients, please see

The Kerry Sherin Wright Prize

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 each spring by a representative committee of Writers House-affiliated writers, chaired by the Faculty Director, to a member of the Writers House Planning Committee or "hub" for a proposal for an event or project 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. The amount of the prize is $1000, to defray the costs of putting on the proposed project or event, which will happen during the following fall semester. For more information:

Paid internships

Summer Arts & Culture Internships at Penn

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

Audio Archives Internship

Works with the Director, Faculty Director, and Program Coordinator (and sometimes the staff of PennSound) cataloguing and organizing the Writers House audio archives. This internship can include technical/computer work, such as converting digital audio tapes into MP3 files.

Development Internship

This internship involves working primarily with the Director and Assistant Director of Development on administrative tasks associated with fundraising, including database upkeep and maintenance, publicity archive maintenance, development research, filing, and helping to write up development materials. An excellent opportunity to learn more about nonprofit arts fundraising!