Who Gets Funded?
Everyone. Our program funds about 40 students each year, reserving stipends for approximately 6-8 new students each year. Although we allow late applications to the program without funding, our initial offers are for fully-funded spots.
How Long Does the Funding Last?
As long as satisfactory progress towards the degree is being made, students admitted to the PhD program will receive funding for 6 years if admitted to the program with a BA. Students admitted with an MA will have reduced course requirements and will receive funding for 5 years. Students who take longer to complete the PhD can have their tuition paid if they teach 2 courses per semester on a contract basis.
What are the Funding Opportunities?
Most students receive their funding for teaching 3 courses per year. Some teach fewer courses and do tutoring in the University Writing Center. Others serve as research assistants to individual professors in the English Department. Our program also places graduate students in assistantships in other units in the university, such as the English Department's Writing Program, the Library's Special Collections Department and the Winterthur Program. We aim to provide each advanced PhD student with a fellowship to relieve them of teaching duties and facilitate work on the dissertation.
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