There are numerous funding opportunities for current students through the English Department and the Rackham Graduate School. All PhD students in the Language and Literature Program are guaranteed fellowship packages in their fifth year, as long as they apply through the various fellowship competitions. The Graduate Office will e-mail memos to the appropriate student groups, informing them of the steps needed to apply through the department for the first four Rackham fellowships listed below.
Through the English Department, Language and Literature students going into their 5th year can apply for Rackham Humanities Research Candidacy Fellowship and the Rackham One-Term Fellowship.
Rackham Humanities Research Candidacy Fellowship – a two term fellowship provided by the Rackham Graduate School, providing a stipend, tuition and health care benefits – March 1 English Department application deadline
Rackham Humanities Research Dissertation Fellowship – a year-long fellowship provided by the Rackham Graduate School, providing a stipend, tuition and health care benefits - March 1 English Department application deadline
Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellowship - a year-long fellowship provided by the Rackham Graduate School, providing a stipend, tuition and health care benefits – November 1 English Department application deadline
Rackham One-Term Fellowship – one term of fellowship funding provided by the Rackham Graduate School, providing a stipend, tuition and health care benefits - March 1 English Department application deadline
Language and Literature students are also eligible to apply for the Pre-doc and RHR Dissertation Fellowships for their 6th year.
PhD students going into their 5th and 6th years are also eligible to apply to the Institute for the Humanities for a year-long fellowship residency, generally offered in their final year in the program. Students from all three PhD programs who are interested in this funding opportunity should apply directly through the Institute. The deadline is in early January, and application information can be found at:
The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) also offers one and two term fellowship opportunities for PhD students. Further information regarding their fellowships can be found at:
The Rackham Graduate School has funding opportunities for conference travel, research travel, and emergency funds. For information and application forms for Rackham funding, please see the following website:
The English Department offers funding for presenting at conferences, as well as postage funds and MLA travel funds for PhD students who are currently on the job market. Application forms are available on the forms section of our website.
MFA students in Creative Writing are eligible to apply for the Thesis Grant. This competition is held twice a year, with October 17 and March 1 deadlines. Grants of up to $1500 are given to do thesis research outside of Ann Arbor. Students may receive only one award during their tenure in the program. Second year MFA students are not eligible for the March 1 competition. Application forms are available on the forms section of our website.
MFA students should see the MFA section of our website, for further funding competition and internship opportunities. MFA students are eligible to apply through competitions for funding such as the Farrar, Busch, Tyson. All second year MFA students are eligible to receive the Zell and Meijer Post Graduate Fellowships.
Joint PhD students in English/Women’s Studies and English and Education should check with their own programs for additional funding opportunities.