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Research Opportunities



“Research” calls up visions of white coats and laboratories, but in English it’s not so much the lab as the library, the archive, and the vibrant and changing culture that surrounds us. Penn possesses one of the great libraries of the world, with unmatched manuscript and printed book collections of medieval and renaissance literature, 18th- and 19th-century English and American fiction, Underground comics, Cookbooks, American Modernism, and more. Every year the English department offers dozens of courses that give students the opportunity to work with special collections at Penn and other Philadelphia archives. Other courses offer students the chance to do fieldwork for documentary and other kinds of writing projects. And the new Price Lab for Digital Humanities gives Penn a world-class center for cutting-edge digital research into language, literature, and culture.




To learn more about getting involved in research as an undergraduate: 

Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships supports students as they pursue fellowships, scholar programs, and undergraduate research. To learn more, visit their website or schedule an appointment by calling (215) 746-6488 or emailing

Students interested in research should also talk to their professors and advisors to learn more about research opportunities and resources.


A few grants & other opportunities to consider: 

First Years and Sophomores: Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM) grants, which offer first- and second-year undergraduates the opportunity to work as a research assistant for a Penn faculty member during the summer.  PURM students receive a $3,500 stipend and valuable mentorship for working full-time for 10 weeks.

Summer Humanities Internships (SHIP) provide funding for summer research internships in the humanities and social sciences for 10 weeks in area cultural, historical or archival settings.

Global Research and Internship Programs (GRIP)  provide an opportunity to intern or conduct research abroad for 8 to 12 weeks over the summer.

The University Scholars program, which provides ongoing support for students who intend to be significantly involved in research while at Penn and are planning a career in research and scholarship.

English Undergraduate Research Grants offer students up to $500 to support costs associated with a specific research project.

The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation Student Grants support students in their creative endeavors and provide increased access to the arts.