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Travel & Research Grant at KWH: March 3
February 19, 2008, Volume 54, No. 22

Purpose
As a way of memorializing her mother, Terry B. Heled, and of honoring the students of her alma mater in gratitude for the encouragement her own research and writing received while she was at Penn, Mali Heled Kinberg (C ’95) has created an 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 Grant
The winner of the Terry B. Heled Travel & Research 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.

The proposed project must entail research using archives, facilities, people (e.g. those to be interviewed), materials, or terrain that can only be found at the travel destination(s). Applicants who can describe such resources in detail will be at an advantage. The proposed research experience should lead specifically to a writing project of some kind. (Students researching topics in non-humanities subjects are welcome to apply, but note that the result of the research should be a significant piece of writing.

Who is Eligible? Any currently matriculated University of Pennsylvania junior, sophomore or freshman is eligible.

After the Summer: During the fall semester after the summertime travel, the Heled Grant recipient will arrange with the Writers House to present the results of his or her research. The format of the session at the Writers House is wide open; the purpose of the event is to create a sense of excitement about students traveling for research as well as to give the winner of the grant a forum for showing off his or her achievement and telling the story of the trip.

How to Apply

The deadline for all applications is Monday, March 3, 2008. Candidates should include:

• a cover letter giving a very brief summary of the project and a description of relevant experience (coursework as well as non-academic);

• a detailed two-page description of the project —the research trip and the proposed writing;

• an estimate of all costs associated with the trip;

• a current resume that includes, as an appendix, a complete list of relevant courses taken, heavily annotated to give descriptions of projects and papers prepared for each course;

• a writing sample, no longer than 15 pages.

Applications may be delivered on paper to Mingo Reynolds at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, 3808 Walnut Street; or emailed to her at mingo@writing.upenn.edu.

—Al Filreis, Kelly Professor,
Faculty Director, Kelly Writers House;
Director, Center for Programs in
Contemporary Writing

 

Almanac - February 19, 2008, Volume 54, No. 22