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Fellowships, Teaching and Financial Aid

Work-Study and Loan Programs

The deadline for applying for federally subsidized Work-Study is March 31. The deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is also March 31; therefore, students should not wait to hear from the English Department about fellowship offers before investigating work-study and loan programs and contacting the University's Financial Aid Office.

Financial Support for PhD Candidates

As of fall 2016, PhD students entering the program will receive a financial package consisting of tuition, fees, one-person health-insurance coverage, and at least $26,000 living support. This award, made up of fellowships and teaching-assistantships, will be maintained up to a total of five years contingent on satisfactory academic performance. Standard teaching responsibilities for a doctoral student in English involve teaching two courses per year across years 2-4 of the program (with no teaching in years 1 and 5); fellowship funds beyond teaching wages complete the support we are presently offering for years 1-5, with some annual funding for conference travel and additional dissertation-year funding awarded if and as our resources permit. (A few merit fellowships are available on a competitive basis: all applicants to the PhD program are automatically considered for these.)  Students in their sixth year and beyond, who continue to make good progress toward the degree, are eligible for a select number of sixth-year dissertation fellowships and for teaching when such assignments are available.

To qualify for the department’s program of support, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress.  In cases of serious academic deficiency (e.g., a pattern of poor grades in courses or repeated failure to complete work on time), a student may be asked to leave the program. 

Financial Support for MA Candidates

The department does not have fellowship funding for MA students.  Like PhDs, MAs may apply for up to $500 per year to attend a conference where they are giving a paper.  MA students may also apply in the fall of their first semester for any departmental jobs that happen to become available as research or office assistants, enabling them to earn $1,000-$2,000 per academic year. By and large, however, students enrolling in the MA program should plan to defray their own expenses.