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Opportunities for Seniors

A significant portion of Senior English majors do some kind of thesis project, usually through the English Honors Program. Early on in the fall semester, we urge any student doing an independent research project to have a consultation with Wallace Genser at the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (call 215-746-6488 or write to for a research consultation appointment). This is the easiest way to learn about the various contests and fellowship opportunities made possible by your working on a research project.

Seniors working on projects requiring travel or other research costs should apply for an English Undergraduate Research Grant, which provides students up to $500 to support costs associated with a specific creative or critical project.

They should also 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.

The President’s Engagement Prizes provide recipients with up to $150,000 ($50,000 for living expenses for each student recipient, plus up to $100,000 for project implementation expenses) to develop and implement a promising local, national, or global engagement project during the year after graduation.

Seniors who wish to study in the UK or elsewhere internationally and who are planning a gap year after graduation should attend a Fellowships 101 Information Session and declare their intent to apply for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates, Thouron, Fulbright, and other fellowships by March 31 (a year and a half before they wish to take up a fellowship). Penn application deadlines begin the first day of Fall classes.