MA / Ph.D. Funding Opportunities

The Department of English offers financial support in the form of prizes, fellowships and teaching assistantships. The primary source is in teaching assistantships. Fellowships and teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding graduate students either at the time they are admitted to the program or as they pursue their degrees. Along with the stipend, there is a tuition waiver and medical, dental, and vision insurance.

Teaching Assistantships

In general, teaching assistants teach one course, assist in a large lecture, lead quiz sections, or assist in program administration in the Department of English.

Non-native speakers of English must satisfy English speaking requirements by submitting test scores as part of their application. Spoken English proficiency can be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  • a score of 26 on the TOEFL iBT
  • a score of 7 on the IELTS
  • a score of 65 on the VERSANT

English graduate students also have success in applying for teaching assistantships in other departments, such as American Ethnic Studies, Comparative History of Ideas, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS), Honors, and Communication. Inquiries for how to apply for these positions should be directed to the individual departments.

Other positions available through the University of Washington are posted on UWHires system. These postings can change weekly or bi-weekly.

Recruitment Fellowships

Graduate School Top Scholar Fellowship

The Graduate School Top Scholar Fellowship is a nine-month fellowship including a monthly stipend, a tuition waiver, and medical, dental, and vision insurance. One fellowship is available to award to a graduate student entering the MA/Ph.D. program. This one-year fellowship is followed with additional years of eligibility for renewal in the form of a teaching assistantship in the Department of English.

Frederick Morgan Padelford Fellowship

The Frederick Morgan Padelford Fellowship is a nine-month fellowship including a monthly stipend, a tuition waiver, and medical, dental, and vision insurance. One fellowship is available to award to a graduate student entering the MA/Ph.D. program. This one-year fellowship is followed with additional years of eligibility for renewal in the form of a teaching assistantship in the Department of English.

Dissertation Fellowships

English Department Dissertation Fellowships

Each academic year, approximately four to six quarters of dissertation fellowship funds are available through Department of English endowed funds, including the Susanna J. McMurphy Dissertation Fellowship, the Robert R. and Mary Roberts Waltz Fellowship, the Phyllis and Donald Dorset Graduate Fellowship, and the Andrew Hilen Fellowship. These fellowships are for one quarter, paid in a monthly stipend, and include a tuition waiver and medical, dental, and vision insurance.

English graduate students who have completed Ph.D. Exams and the dissertation prospectus are eligible to apply. Selection is based on academic merit.

Those interested in being considered for nomination should send the following materials in one PDF file to the English Graduate Program Administrator:

  1. a cover letter (one short paragraph, asking to be considered for English Department Dissertation Fellowships, including your dissertation title and progress on the dissertation to date)
  2. a four-page dissertation description (no more than 1,000 words)
  3. a curriculum vitae

In addition, one letter of recommendation from your dissertation director should be sent directly from the recommender.

DEADLINE: May 25

Alvord Endowed Fellowship in the Humanities

Each year all Humanities Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to nominate a candidate for the Alvord Fellowship in the Humanities. The fellowship is a $16,000 award for a full academic year (nine months), to be paid monthly. The fellowship comes with a tuition waiver and medical, dental, and vision insurance.

English graduate students who have completed Ph.D. Exams are eligible to apply, and priority will be given to those whose scholarly and research interests cross disciplinary lines. Selection is based on academic merit. The application of the nominee chosen by the Department of English will be forwarded to the College of Arts and Sciences to compete with nominees from other humanities departments for the fellowship.

Those interested in being considered for nomination should send the following materials in one PDF file to the English Graduate Program Administrator:

  1. a cover letter (one short paragraph, asking to be considered for the Alvord Fellowship, including your dissertation title and progress on the dissertation to date, explicit names the other disciplines which reflect your dissertation’s interdisciplinarity, and the names of your dissertation committee members)
  2. a brief statement of research project(s) (no more than 1,000 words) and plans for the following academic year
  3. a curriculum vitae
  4. an unofficial current transcript (this can be generated from MyUW)

In addition, one letter of recommendation from your dissertation director should be sent directly from the recommender.

DEADLINE: February 22

Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship

Each year all Humanities Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to nominate a candidate for Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities. The fellowship is a one-quarter fellowship, paid in a monthly stipend, and includes a tuition waiver and medical, dental, and vision insurance.

English graduate students who have completed Ph.D. Exams are eligible to apply, and priority will be given to those who have a substantial amount of work completed on the dissertation. Selection is based on academic merit. The application of the nominee chosen by the Department of English will be forwarded to the Graduate School to compete with nominees from other humanities departments for the fellowship.

Those interested in being considered for nomination should send the following materials in one PDF file to the English Graduate Program Administrator:

  1. a cover letter (one short paragraph, asking to be considered for the Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, including your dissertation title and progress on the dissertation to date)
  2. a four-page dissertation description (no more than 1,000 words)
  3. a curriculum vitae

In addition, one letter of recommendation from your dissertation director should be sent directly from the recommender.

DEADLINE: March 1

Other Fellowships

  • Barbara Bronson Himmelman English Graduate Award: The Barbara Bronson Himmelman English Graduate Award is a one quarter graduate fellowship in years when the endowment will cover it. This fellowship is intended for a meritorious nontraditional returning woman student whose academic career has been interrupted for a lengthy period of time, or for whom additional study provides opportunity for career change or for professional development. Any eligible student may contact the Director of English Graduate Studies to express interest in being considered for this fellowship.
  • Mildred Hainer
  • Humanities Scholarships (Fritz and Macfarlane)
  • Allan and Mary Kollar Endowed Fellowship
  • Simpson Center
  • Huckabay Teaching Fellowship
  • Chester Fritz Grants for International Study & Exchanges
  • Flanagan
  • Antoinette Wills Endowed Fund for Graduate Students

Prizes

Hallien Johnson Memorial Fellowship in Women and Literary Study

The Hallien Johnson Memorial Fellowship in Women and Literary Study is a $500 prize awarded to a student admitted to the Ph.D. program who has written an outstanding Master’s Essay (or subsequent revision of that essay) on a woman writer (or writers), portrayals of women in literature, or in feminist criticism and theory (that is, in the intersection of gender with race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, or national identity formation).

Papers are read anonymously by a faculty committee appointed by the Graduate Studies Committee. The committee will follow the policy of many academic journals in reading the essays without knowing who the author is. Essays may be submitted by the student or by her or his faculty director.

To be considered for the award, three copies of the following materials should be submitted to the English Graduate Office in A105 Padelford:

1) a cover sheet listing the name of the writer of the essay; the title of the essay; and the names of the essay director and second reader.

2) The full manuscript, including bibliography, excluding the student’s name.

Deadline: December 1

Robert B. Heilman Dissertation Prize

The Robert B. Heilman Dissertation Prize is a $500 prize for the best dissertation completed during the previous academic year. Any English dissertation which receives two (or three) Honors scores on their dissertation will be considered.

The Hermione and Louis Brown Graduate Prize for Best Article Accepted by a Journal

The Hermione and Louis Brown Endowed Fund enables the Department of English to make an annual award of $500 for the best essay accepted by a journal or as a chapter in a book within the past year. Any currently registered graduate student is eligible for the award. The essays are judged by a committee of three graduate faculty.

To apply, graduate students should submit three copies of their essay and a one page biography to the English Graduate Office.

Deadline: December 1

Loans and Work-Study Eligibility

Student Financial Aid
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Phone: 206-543-6101

Graduate Funding Information Service

The GFIS is a resource offered by the UW Libraries to help graduate students locate funding opportunities for graduate school related expenses, including tuition, research, conference and research travel. Students can visit GFIS for drop-in hours, schedule individual appointments, or request information by e-mail.