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Financial Support

The Department of English, in combination with the Rackham Graduate School and the University, have significant financial resources available to support English graduate students throughout their program.

All students admitted to one of the English programs are provided with a funding package.  Typically, these funding packages consist of a combination of fellowships and graduate student instructorships.  Please review your program of interest to learn more about the funding package.

The Rackham Graduate School also has a significant amount of funding available for students at each level of the program. Information about all Rackham administered fellowships and grants, including the Rackham Merit Fellowship, can be found at the Rackham Fellowships Office. The Rackham Fellowships Finder is a great resource for locating funding opportunities outside of the University.

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. Click here for additional funding resources.

PhD in English and Education

Graduate Student Instructorships: Students in this doctoral program are normally offered five years of support as Graduate Student Instructors in writing and literature courses. For 2016-2017, these appointments currently carry a stipend of $19,737.00 for two terms, as well as tuition and full health care benefits.

Other English and Education Fellowship Support: In addition to Instructorships, graduate students are also eligible to be considered for School of Education scholars Award at the Sweetland Center for Writing.

Rackham Merit Fellowships as well as Rackham Regents' Fellowships

PhD in English and Women's Studies

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 joint-program in English and Women's Studies. Funding covers applicable tuition costs, health care benefits, and living expenses in the form of direct stipend and teaching assistantships or pre-doctoral research assistantships. For the first year of graduate studies, all students in the joint-program in English and Women's Studies are on full fellowship. In later years, students receive tuition, health care, and living expenses as part-time graduate student instructors (GSIs). The English and Women's Studies departments, in conjunction with the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, are also committed to supporting students' professional activities and pays many of the expenses for research travel and for participation in academic conferences.

Other Awards: Each year, the Departments of English and Women's Studies and the Rackham Graduate School award additional fellowships and prizes to graduate students. 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.