Funding and Fellowships

Doctoral students in the Department of English Language and Literature are awarded a five-year fellowship that includes a stipend, full tuition, and health insurance coverage. Students may also apply for research and travel funds.

Funding Aid in the First 5 Years

For doctoral students starting the program in 2015–16, the stipend and teaching remuneration was $30,000 over 12 months.

Funding Aid in the Dissertation Stage

After the five-year Division of the Humanities fellowship, doctoral students receive tuition aid, health insurance coverage, and have access to research and conference travel grants. Many students also receive a final year of fellowship (also called a sixth year of funding or Dissertation Completion Fellowship) as they finish writing the dissertation.

We maintain a list of recent recipients of dissertation fellowships.

Additional Funding Sources

Fellowships from public or private agencies can enhance a student’s overall financial support and applicants are encouraged to explore all funding opportunities available to them.
 
The Division of the Humanities has additional information on the types of financial support available to doctoral students. There are also a number of external fellowships that support dissertation research.

Travel Grants

Students can also apply for departmental and divisional travel grants designed to defray the costs of dissertation research and presenting conference papers. These include the Marcia Tillotson Travel Award, the English Donors Summer Research Award, the Division of the Humanities Conference Grant, and the Division of the Humanities Dissertation Research Travel Grant. Graduate students can also apply to the Nicholson Center for British Studies on campus for travel and research grants. For more information about divisional funding and fellowships, please contact the Associate Dean of Students in the Division of Humanities.