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Opportunities for Juniors

English Honors Program

Students with a Major GPA of 3.6 or higher and a strong idea for a research project should apply to the English Honors Program in their Junior year. Topic ideas could grow out of a paper written for a course, or could reflect a literary or cultural interest not generally addressed in the classroom.

Students in the Creative Writing concentration may apply to the Creative Writing Honors Program. This is a separate application with its own calendar. More information is available on their website.


Additional Research Opportunities

Juniors interested in research should talk to their professors and advisors. In addition, they should reach out to the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships office by calling 215-746-6488 or writing to for a research consultation appointment.

The University Scholars program 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. Juniors must speak with the University Scholars program Director no later than September 30 of the Fall of their junior year and apply by November 1.

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

If you’ve already started semi-independent research under the guidance of a Penn faculty member, students in the College are eligible to apply for funding through the College Alumni Society Research Grant. English majors are particularly encouraged to apply for a CASRG funded by the Pincus-Magaziner family, which supports projects undertaken by English majors.

Junior women in the College contemplating an unpaid internship may seek funding from the Association of Alumnae Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Award, which recognizes and supports female undergraduates for academic achievement and demonstrated service to country, community, and family during the summer after their sophomore or junior year in the College.

Penn Humanities Forum fellowships offer undergraduates funding coupled with the opportunity to engage with faculty and graduate students exploring projects on a related theme.

Seltzer Family Digital Media Awards provide $1,000 for the purchase of hardware or technology for use on a research project.

Finally, the College maintains a Finding Research Opportunities page that is well worth your time.