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 student health, dental, and vision insurance. Teaching assistants teach one course each quarter under the supervision of the Director of Expository Writing. They are reviewed yearly for renewal, based on satisfactory teaching and academic progress. Applications for the following academic year are due by the January application deadline; offers are made in April. Teaching Assistantship applicants who are not native speakers of English must submit as part of their application a score of 290 or better on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or the UW-administered SPEAK Test.
Departmental scholarships, fellowships, and prizes for graduate students include:
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.
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
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 Masterís 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 studentís name.Deadline: December 1
Also available are Graduate School fellowships for minority students, for students with financial need, and for dissertation-year work. All applicants and students who apply for a teaching assistantship will automatically be considered for all fellowships for which they are eligible.
The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies
Work Study and other need-based financial aid is available through:
Student Financial Aid
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