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GAships and hourly positions
Grad Student at conference in Florence, Italy

​Samantha Nystrom used departmental and OGPE travel funds to present her work on 19th C gardens at the 2017 NAVSA/AVSA conference in Florence, Italy. As part of the conference she attended professionalizing workshops and studied the gardens of Villa La Pietra (pictured)

The following competitive GA-ships are regularly held by UD English Students. These are usually one year positions, which offer the student a release from teaching in order that they gain other kinds of professional experience. If you'd like more information on a position, we encourage you to get in touch with the student who is currently in that role.

Center for Material Culture Studies Assistant - currently held by Michael Doss

Assistant Director of Composition - currently held by Brett Seekford

U.D.Press Scholarly Publishing Assistant - currently held by Noah Smith 

Associate Editor of College English - currently held by Matt Rinkevich

Winterthur Assistant - currently held by Rebecca Olsen

ThingStor Assistant - currently held by Jack Truschel

Assistant to the Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning (CTAL) - currently held by Jessica Thelen

Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies - currently held by Kaari Newman 

T.A. for Women’s Studies - currently held by Sean Lovitt 

Mark Samuels Lasner Collection Assistant - not currently held by an English student

Special Collections Assistant (generally offered every 2 years) 


Hourly Positions

UD English also supports hourly paid internships and research assistantships at $20 / hour for position that require less than 5 hours of work per week. 

Internal: Professional Development Awards
Students conducting research at the Schomburg Center

Mali Collins-White and ​Brandi Locke (front) used Professional Development Funding from AAPHI in 2018 to travel to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NYC, where they worked under the direction of Prof. Helton. Pictured: the challenges (and fun) of digging through old card catalog files.

The UD grad program supports student participation in the following professional development seminars (this is in addition to conference travel). We generally have between 4-5 funding packages available for the academic year to fully fund a single student's attendance at each event.

Dickens Universe –UC Santa Cruz, July 26—August 1, 2020, registration opens in January. Call now open. Contact Prof. Crawford for details.

Futures of American Studies Institute – Dartmouth, around June 18, 2019 – deadline in May

HILT (digital humanities) – at University of Nebraska this year, May 18-22 2020

Rare Books School – offers courses at various locations and times

The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell -June 16-July 25 

LARB Publishing Workshop - for students who'd benefit from a 3 week intensive workshop on publishing - July 25-July 24, 2020 - deadline March 30.

Internal: Department Travel Awards
grad student and undergraduate student in convention center

​Caitlin Larracey attended the 2019 meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English with Saboor Uppal, one of her undergraduate researchers

​The department holds between 2 competitions for travel funding during the academic year, one in Fall and one in Spring. We support graduate student travel to conferences and to research sites such as archives. 

Priority is given to national conferences at which the student will be presenting original work. In applying for travel funding, students should speak to the prestige of the conference and the role it will play in their professional development.

Students interested in applying for a travel grant should review the instructions given in the Graduate Handbook and look for the DGS's email announcement in Fall or Spring. 


University Level
Matt Rinkevich

Matt Rinkevich won a Competitive Graduate Student Travel Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences, which  supported 3 weeks' archival research at Oxford University's Bodleian Library in July 2018

Graduate College Awards

Prof. Development Award

Funds for travel to conferences / seminars

Collection Based Research Grant

Funds for travel to archives / historical sites

CAS Awards

CAS Graduate Student Research Travel Grants

$5000 in  summer research travel funding that can be used between June 2019-May 2020.  Deadline March 1, 2019. See email for details.

 CMCS Awards:

Collections Based or Seminar Workshop Grant

Up to $750 per awardee is available through the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant. MA and PhD students planning to enroll in a seminar or workshop with significant material culture element are eligible to apply. Deadline: March 15. 

Graduate Research Presentation Fund

Up to $1,000 each for up to 8 students to support graduate students presenting original research at a public venue. Application Deadline: October 15 and March 15.  

Graduate Research Publication Subvention Fund 

Up to $500 each for up to 4 students to support graduate student publications Application Deadline: October 15 and March 15 

Friends of Rockwood Fund

Up to $1,500 to support a graduate student researching Victorian-era material culture. Application Deadline: March 15. 

Finkel Fund in Support of Cultural Internships

Up to $3,000 to support undergraduate or graduate students accepted for a material culture related internship in Summer 2019. Application Deadline: March 15.

Graduate Research Travel Fund

Up to $1,500 each for up to 6 graduate students pursuing research or fieldwork in material culture studies. Application Deadline: October 15 and March 15.  

External Internships

Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program - The Library of Congress offers paid summer internships to graduate students to work under the direction of archivists in a variety of areas. Deadline Dec 20.

MSU's Environment Fellows Program - funded summer internship with environmental organization. Deadline Jan 31.

Smithsonian Internships - graduate students can apply to specific internships or to the Smithsonian Internship Pool.  Application deadlines are: Fall Semester (September – December): July 15;  Spring Semester (January – May): Nov 15;  Summer Semester (May – August): March 15. 

Note: Students can apply for professional development funds to support unpaid internships.

External Dissertation Fellowships
Denise Burgher

Denise Burgher received a yearlong fellowship from the Philadelphia Library Company  Mellon Program in African American History for 2018-19

American Fellowships  - $20,000 for women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks. Deadline Nov 1.

Mellon Dissertation Fellowship for Research on Original Sources - up to $25,000 for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences using original sources

American Philosophical Society Fellowships - This regional institution has a number of fellowships of interest to scholars of environmental history, early American literature, and the history of science and exploration. Applications for year-long fellowships in early American history, the history of science, and with the Native American Scholars Initiative are due February 1. Applications for short-term residential fellowships, NASI Digital Knowledge Sharing fellowships, and digital humanities fellowships are due March 1.

The Massachusetts Historical Society offers more than forty research fellowships. The first deadline, for MHS-NEH fellowships, is January 15. The Society's collections also include several hundred thousand books, more than 10,000 broadsides, 30,000 18th- and 19th-century pamphlets, 2,500 maps, 120,000 photographs, and 660 works of art.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships provide one year of support to 30 individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (subjects include “literature”). The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgement of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, and show promise. *Positive factors in choosing successful candidates include “Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds“ and  “Sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level.” The fellowship pays a stipend of $21,000. Applicants must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States.

Josephine DeKarman Fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States. A minimum of ten (10) fellowships, $22,000 for doctoral students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year. Only doctoral students and undergraduate students about to enter their final year of study/dissertation are eligible. The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities.  To be competitive, graduate applicants should have outstanding letters of recommendation, significant publications, and have completed several chapters of the dissertation at the time of  application. Deadline late January.

Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship - Dissertation completion award open to members of underrepresented groups (e.g., ethnic minorities;  first-generation college attendees) who are interested in teaching as well as research careers. $36,000 / salary.

The Emory Visiting Fellowships for Pre-Doctoral Scholars welcomes applications from scholars in the humanities who are pursuing research projects  that examine the origins, evolution, impact and legacy of race, difference, and the modern quest for civil and human rights. We also support research projects that examine race and ethnicity and its points of intersection with other identities and movements addressing differences along gender, class, religious, or sexual lines. Visiting Fellows will be in residence at Emory for the academic year. Deadline late January.

CJH Graduate Research Fellows -The Center for Jewish History in New York City offers 10-month fellowships to PhD candidates supporting original research using the collections at the Center. Preference is given to those candidates who draw on the library and archival resources of more than one partner. It is required that each fellow spend a minimum of 3 days per week in residence in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources. Full fellowships carry a stipend of up to $17,500 for one academic year. It is expected that applicants will have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation.

History of Science Fellowships - The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, an independent research library in Philadelphia, accepts applications for short- and long-term fellowships in the history of science, technology, medicine, and industry. The center provides dissertation fellowships of $26,000 for work that is in some way tied to the history of materials and materiality, chemistry, and related sciences. Applications come from a wide range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. Deadline in early January.

Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine Fellowships - The Consortium offers Research Fellowships, nine-month Dissertation Fellowships, NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Fellowships-in-Residence for scholars in the history of science, technology or medicine who would like to use collections at two or more institutions in the Consortium. Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellows use offices in the Consortium’s facility in Center City Philadelphia and have ready access to events and activities throughout Philadelphia’s vibrant academic and cultural communities. Dissertation fellowship deadline: Dec 15.

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources are for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources. Applicants may be of any nationality but must be enrolled in a U.S. doctoral program and be studying in the U.S. Proposed research may be conducted at a single or multiple sites abroad, in the U.S., or both. Fellowships are for 9-12 months and provide an annual stipend of up to $25,000. (Applications Currently Suspended)

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. In each round, ten Fellows will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies. Deadline Oct 15.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)  offers 9-12 months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States (regardless of citizenship) and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics.  Deadline Nov. 5.

Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome  invites prize recipients to Rome for six months or eleven months to immerse themselves in the Academy community where they will enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, drawing on their colleagues' erudition and experience and on the inestimable resources that Italy, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Academy have to offer. Graduate students in the humanities may apply only for pre-doctoral fellowships. Deadline Nov 1.

Getty Predoctoral Fellowships  provide support for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute’s annual theme. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue research to complete their dissertations or to expand them for publication. Deadline Oct. 1.

ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships  support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. Students can be no more than six years into the degree program at the time of application. This includes time spent earning an MA within that program. Deadline late Oct. 

Getty Predoctoral Fellowships are intended for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute's annual research theme. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue research projects, complete their dissertations, or expand dissertation for publication. Deadline Oct. 1

Smithsonian Fellowships - $36,000 per year with $4000 research allowance for doctoral candidates using Smithsonian resources; also $7,500 for *predoctoral* grad students conducting research during the summer. Deadline Nov 1.

External Research Awards

Mary McEwen Schimke Scholarship - provides up to $1,700 in relief from household and child care expenses to women pursuing a graduate degree. Deadline early January.

Huntington Fellowships for research at the Huntington research institute in California - deadline Nov 15

Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Research Grants (Keats-Shelley Association) Pforzheimer Grants are awarded each year to defray travel expenses incurred in pursuing archival and/or special-collections research  related to British Romanticism and literary culture, 1789-1832. Deadline Nov. 1.

Children's Literature Association - Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Grants - Up to $1,500 in support of research in children's literature criticism. The award may be used to purchase supplies and materials (e.g., books, videos, equipment), as research support (photocopying, etc.) or to underwrite travel to special collections or libraries.

Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowships in the Humanities - Up to $2000 for travel and study at the  Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. Strengths include women's studies, American and British literature, and the history of the book.

Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship  supports scholars from any field pursuing research in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer studies at Yale University, utilizing the vast faculty resources, manuscript archives, and library collections available at Yale. Graduate students conducting dissertation research, independent scholars, and all faculty are invited to apply. The fellowship provides an award of $4,000, which is intended to pay for travel to and from New Haven and act as a living allowance. The fellowship must take place between September and April.

The Clements Library Research Fellowships help scholars gain access to the Library’s rich array of primary sources on early American history. On almost any aspect of the American experience from 1492 through 1900, the Clements holdings—books, manuscripts, pamphlets, maps, prints and views, newspapers, photographs, ephemera—are among the best in the world. Students who have difficulty traveling due to family (or other) reasons should take note of the Digital Fellowships, which offer a non-residential opportunity to support research by graduate students working remotely on any topic that can be supported by the digitization of library materials. 

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium offers short-term residential summer fellowships to scholars and artists whose "proposed research topic will generate new perspectives or contribute to knowledge of the black experience in Chicagoland." Deadline early January.

The Linda Hall Library offers residential fellowships lasting between one and four months to doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and other researchers whose work would benefit from the Library’s collections in the History of Science and Medicine. Fellowship funding is offered up to $3,000 per month for doctoral students and up to $4,200 per month for postdoctoral researchers. Deadline Jan 17.

The Frederick B. Artz Summer Program  provides $1000 to encourage and facilitate the publication of scholarly, humanistic studies based on archival and special collections sources at Oberlin College. Included in the archives are materials on movements with which Oberlin has been associated, such as antislavery, black education, coeducation, missions, and temperance. The Special Collections Department of the College Library houses antislavery books and pamphlets; pamphlets on women; Ohio Congregational Church records; history of printing (from incunables to modern fine press editions); and material related to nineteenth-century travel and exploration.

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