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Financial Support for the PhD in English Language and Literature

We are committed to the idea that learning is a social process and that one can learn a great deal from one's peers. To encourage such learning, we offer a guaranteed six-year funding package to all students admitted to the program in English Language and Literature. Funding covers applicable tuition costs, health care benefits, and living expenses in the form of direct stipend (years one and five) and teaching assistantships or pre-doctoral research assistantships (years two, three, four and six). For the first and fifth years of graduate studies, all students in English Language and Literature are on full fellowship. In later years, students receive tuition, health care, and living expenses as part-time graduate student instructors (GSIs). The department, in conjunction with the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, is also committed to supporting students' professional activities and pays many of the expenses for research travel and for participation in academic conferences.

Current package:

Year 1: Fellowship, which includes a stipend, tuition, healthcare

Years 2-4: Graduate Student Instructorship, which includes a stipend, tuition, healthcare

Year 5: Fellowship, which includes a stipend, tuition, healthcare

Year 6: Fellowship or Graduate Student Instructorship

Other Awards: Each year, the Department and Rackham Graduate School award additional fellowships and prizes to graduate students in English. Among these are the Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship, and a number of smaller grants. Summer support is available. Our students often win Rackham grants for dissertation research.

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