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Professional Development Grant Application

The English Department offers grants of up to $5,000 to support graduate students who plan to take internships or to participate in other professional training opportunities during the summer and, in certain cases, during Fall and Winter terms. Sponsored opportunities should enhance or complement your doctoral training in preparation for a variety of career pathways inside and outside the academy.​

Students can identify opportunities with guidance from the department’s Office of Graduate Studies and the Internship Program Director, Lisa Makman. You can arrange to work with a business or organization on our list of regional partners or identify your own position or project.

To apply for funding, you should submit a detailed proposal and a budget along with the attached cover sheet. A faculty committee will evaluate the proposal; you can expect to receive a determination about funding within three weeks of submission. Priority will be given to students who have not yet received funding though this program. Students receiving awards are expected to submit a complete report on their experiences after they fulfill the commitments outlined in their proposal. Half of the grant will be disbursed at the start of your professional development activities, and half will be disbursed upon the approval of your report.

Applications for summer funding submitted before April 15 will receive priority consideration.


The Proposal

The proposal (2-3 pages long) should outline the opportunity and discuss its connection with your  research program​ and its value for your professional development, ​broadly understood. Students in years 3-5 of the PhD program who apply for Fall or Winter funding must also include a brief letter of support from your advisor.

The Budget

Budget projections should be based on an hourly rate of $20 per hour and a maximum commitment of 20 hours per week during the summer or 10 hours per week during the Fall and Winter terms.

The Report

The report consists of an evaluative account of your funded experiences that includes a discussion of how these endeavors supported your professional development goals (4-6 pages). You must submit the report within three weeks of completing your professional development activities. Examples of reports are available on the graduate internship webpage.

English Internship Program Contact Information:

Lisa Makman, Internship Director, 3260 Angell Hall, LMakman@umich.edu