Each year, the English Department awards a number of scholarships to graduate students. Eligible students may apply for scholarships and awards annually. Students can apply for 2021/22 scholarships and awards between January 2nd and February 15th, 2021.

The combination of all financial aid awarded including scholarships, grants, loans and work-study cannot exceed your total cost of attendance. If you receive a scholarship, it may impact your other financial aid awards. CU Boulder will use private scholarships to replace loans and/or work-study before adjusting any university grants or scholarships. Students will receive a revised award letter if there are any changes to their financial aid. 

A note about the taxation of scholarships: Scholarships received that exceed your total cost of tuition and required fees, books, and educationally related supplies and equipment are subject to federal income tax. Scholarships, fellowships or grants that are designated for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses may be taxable as income. Keep your receipts and copies of university bills. Questions regarding taxation of scholarships should be addressed to the local IRS office where you can obtain IRS Publication 970.

Scholarships & Financial Aid: https://www.colorado.edu/scholarships/scholarship-essentials/scholarships-financial-aid

Scholarships & Your Bill: https://www.colorado.edu/scholarships/scholarship-essentials/scholarships-your-bill

 

How to Apply:

To apply for a scholarship, log in to Buff Portal and complete the scholarship application via AcademicWorks.

For more information on CU’s scholarship cycle, visit CU Boulder Scholarships.

For a step-by-step tutorial for accessing scholarships in AcademicWorks, download this PDF: Accessing the Scholarship Application in Buff Portal (for current students).

This fellowship was established in memory of the late Edward P. Nolan, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Colorado from 1966 to 1994. An award of $1,500 will be awarded, on a competitive basis, to a graduate student in English to support innovative and outstanding scholarship and teaching. For example, awards may be made to support travel to research institutions or to conferences to read papers. The award will be distributed and applied to the student’s fall 2021 tuition bill.

The scholarship winner will be notified once the decision has been made. The scholarship recipient will be expected to write a note of thanks to the donor, as well as a short paragraph about interests, classes and writing, one semester after receiving the award.

Qualifications

  • PhD or MA student in English.
  • Special consideration will be given to those doing research in the medieval or modern period, and to Ph.D. candidates, in particular those whose progress might be delayed because of financial and familial responsibilities. However, the excellence of a given research project is the main criterion for consideration.
  • Applicants must have a graduation date no earlier than December 2021. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Research: Write a two-page description of the project for which you are requesting funds, following these guidelines:
    • Write your proposal in language someone not familiar with your specialty can understand
    • Write a maximum of two single-spaced pages
    • Use a type font of 11 points or larger
    • Indicate how the research project relates to your thesis or dissertation work, or otherwise contributes to your professional development
    • If your proposal requests funds to attend a conference, explain how the conference will materially benefit your thesis or dissertation research or otherwise contributes to your professional development
  • Reference or Bibliography Page: Include a reference or bibliography page if you cite the work of other scholars in your project description. This page is not included in the two-page maximum limit.
  • Budget Page: On a separate page, itemize and explain the expenses for which you are requesting funds. Also itemize and explain other sources of funding for your research project. Please note that expenses incurred before the fellowship is announced are not eligible for reimbursement.
  • Obtain a current academic transcript (unofficial) from https://buffportal.colorado.edu/card/Unofficial%20Transcript. Transcripts must include the current, active semester. Transcripts must be attached to your proposal.
  • Confidential Letter of Support: Request a confidential letter of support from your advisor or a faculty member familiar with your work. Ask them to email the letter separately from your application to the Graduate Program Assistant at gsengl@colorado.edu. Their letter should address the specific merits of the project and the abilities and potential of the student applicant.
  • With the exception of the confidential letter of support, all materials must be submitted electronically via AcademicWorks by February 15, 2021.

Past Recipients

  • 2021/22 recipient: Travis Kane, MA student
  • 2020/21 recipient: Travis Kane, MA student
  • 2019/20 recipient: Tarren Andrews, PhD candidate
  • 2018/19 recipient: Rebecca Schneider, PhD candidate
  • 2017/18 recipient: Allison Shelton, PhD candidate

The Dick Shahan Graduate Fellowship is awarded to an English Department graduate student to assist in completing his or her graduate program/degree. Funds may be used to cover expenses associated with pursuing a creative project and/or conducting research (for example, travel to an archival location). Fellowships are offered to students in one of four specific graduate student groups, alternating each year: 1) PhD students who have completed everything but the dissertation; 2) PhD students in the first 1-3 years of the program; 3) MFA students; and 4) MA students. One $1,000 fellowship will be awarded. The award will be distributed and applied to the student’s fall 2021 tuition bill. This year, the fellowships will be awarded to an MA student.

The scholarship winners will be notified once the decision has been made. The scholarship recipients will be expected to write a note of thanks to the donor, as well as a short paragraph about interests, classes and writing, one semester after receiving the award.

Qualifications

  • Applicants must be English MA students.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit a summary paragraph about your creative work/project
  • Submit a paragraph about what you hope to accomplish
  • All materials must be submitted electronically via AcademicWorks by February 15, 2021.

​Past Recipients

  • 2021/22 recipient: Alex Story, MA student
  • 2020/21 recipients: Conny Cassity, PhD candidate; Cayla Eagon, PhD candidate
  • 2019/20 recipient: Breanne Pye, MFA student
  • 2018/19 recipient: Elana Friedland, MFA student
  • 2017/18 recipient: Josette Lorig, PhD student

The Creative Writing Program Announces the Jovanovich Imaginative Writing Awards Competition. The Jovanovich prize is an annual award for excellence in poetry, fiction, playwriting, or nonfiction prose. Two (2) awards of $2,000 each will be awarded, to be applied to the recipients’ fall 2021 tuition bill.

The scholarship winners will be notified once the decision has been made. The scholarship recipients will be expected to write a note of thanks to the donor, as well as a short paragraph about interests, classes and writing, one semester after receiving the award.

Qualifications

  • Applicants must be Creative Writing graduate students.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time and in good academic standing.
  • Applicants must not be graduating earlier than spring 2022.

Submission Guidelines

  • One (only) of the following: three poems, one short story, a piece of creative non-fiction, or a segment of a stage or screenplay.
  • All creative works must be titled and formatted as they would appear in publication.
  • No extraneous marks, grades, names or other identifying information should be included.
  • Insert a header with the name of the award in the upper right corner of each page.
  • Insert page numbers (e.g. page 1 of 5) in the lower right corner of each page.
  • Save your submission as a PDF titled: YourLastName_Jovanovich
  • All materials must be submitted electronically via AcademicWorks by February 15, 2021.

​Past Recipients

  • 2021/22 recipients: Alaina Bainbridte, MFA student; Candace Nunag Tardio, MFA student
  • 2020/21 recipients: Cara Albert, MFA student; Sabrina Canepa, MFA student; Kate Sedor, MFA student
  • 2019/20 recipients: Rachel Cruea, MFA student; Nilufar Karimi, MFA student
  • 2018/19 recipients: Stephen Mruzik, MFA student; Michael Ranellone, MFA student
  • 2017/18 recipients: Heather Cohen, MFA student and Rushi Vyas, MFA student

This award provides support to English PhD students in their doctoral studies. The award is offered in memory of Professor James K. Folsom. One (1) fellowship of $2,000 will be given to a qualified graduate student. The award will be distributed and applied to the student’s fall 2021 tuition bill.

Qualifications

  • English PhD student in pre-comprehensive exam “C” status during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time and in good academic standing.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit a one-page summary of how this award will be used to support your doctoral studies.
  • All materials must be submitted electronically via AcademicWorks by February 15, 2021.

Past Recipients

  • 2021/22 recipient: Jessica Tebo, PhD student
  • 2020/21 recipient: Michael Schrimper, PhD student
  • 2019/20 recipient: T. J. McLemore, PhD student
  • 2018/19 recipient: Tarren Andrews, PhD student 
  • 2017/18 recipient: Stephanie Couey, PhD student

This award provides support to English PhD students in their doctoral studies. This award is offered in memory of Frederick C. and Eleanor Ruth Hager. One (1) fellowship of $3,000 will be given to a qualified graduate student. The award will be distributed and applied to the student’s fall 2021 tuition bill.

Qualifications

  • English PhD student in pre-comprehensive exam “C” status during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time and in good academic standing.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit a one-page summary of how this award will be used to support your doctoral studies.
  • All materials must be submitted electronically via AcademicWorks by February 15, 2021.

Past Recipients

  • 2021/22 recipient: Sarah Ramsey, PhD student
  • 2020/21 recipient: Jenna Gersie, PhD student
  • 2019/20 recipient: Alyssa Miller, PhD student
  • 2018/19 recipient: Renata Ryan-Burchfield, PhD student 
  • 2017/18 recipient: Josette Lorig, PhD student

This award provides fellowships to graduate students in the MFA and PhD programs in the English Department at the University of Colorado Boulder, in memory of Rebecca Knoettge.
Up to two (2) fellowship awards, each in the amount of $1,500, will be given to students within the PhD program who have not yet taken the comprehensive exam. Up to two (2) fellowship awards, each in the amount of $1,500, will be given to graduate students within the MFA program. Each award will be distributed and applied to the student’s fall 2021 tuition bill.

Qualifications

  • English PhD student in pre-comprehensive exam “C” status during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Graduate students in the Creative Writing program in their first 1-3 years of the program.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time and in good academic standing.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit a one-page summary of how this award will be used to support your doctoral or graduate studies.
  • All materials must be submitted electronically via AcademicWorks by February 15, 2021.

Past Recipients

  • 2021/22 recipients: Lauren Arnold, MFA student; Sarah Ramsey, PhD student; Jessica Tebo, PhD student; Rachel Wood, MFA student
  • 2020/21 recipients: Anurag Andra, MFA student; Gabriel Coffman, MFA student; T. J. McLemore, PhD student; Michael Schrimper, PhD student
  • 2019/20 recipients: Alexander Daniel, MFA student; Jennifer London, MFA student; James Carson, PhD student; Jenna Gersie, PhD student; Melodie Roschman, PhD student
  • 2018/19 recipients: Stephanie Couey, PhD student; Elana Friedland, MFA student; Phuong Vuong, MFA student; Christine Becker, MFA student
  • 2017/18 recipient: Cayla Eagon, PhD student

The Donna Robinson Meckley Graduate Fellowship provides funds to PhD students whose dissertation focuses on British studies and/or culture to conduct research for their dissertation. The grant can be used for things such as travel to archives, lodging during travel, institution research fees, scanning, photocopying and printing charges, etc.

Three (3) fellowships in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded to a qualified graduate student. The award will be distributed and applied to the student’s fall 2021 tuition bill. Applications will be reviewed and award winners selected by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Qualifications

  • PhD students in post-comprehensive exam “D” status, registered continually for 5+ dissertation hours as required by the Graduate School Rules.
  • Preference will be given to students whose dissertation focuses on British studies and/or culture.

Submission Guidelines

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A current resume
  • A detailed explanation of the importance of this grant for your dissertation/thesis research (maximum of one page, typed and single-spaced)Include the current status of your dissertation/thesis and progress you expect to make during the term of this award
  • A typed, detailed budget of expected expenses (if traveling) and description of destination(s), including dates of travel. Award recipients will be expected to document travel expenses with receipts.
  • All materials must be submitted electronically via AcademicWorks by February 15, 2021.

Past Recipients

  • 2021/22 recipients: Conny Cassity, PhD candidate; Stephanie Couey, PhD candidate; Amanda Hurtado, PhD candidate
  • 2020/21 recipient: Tarren Andrews, PhD candidate

The SURF Grant provides funds to PhD, MA, and MFA students over the summer to support their studies. The grant can be used for things such as ongoing writing and editing over the summer, travel to destination(s) necessary for research, institution research fees, photocopying charges, professional development, etc. Students do not have to be writing a thesis or dissertation to receive this award.

A minimum of five (5) grants, each up to $4,000, will be given to three different qualified students. Each award will be distributed and applied to the student’s spring 2021 tuition bill. Applications will be reviewed and award winners selected by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Qualifications

  • PhD students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing
  • MA students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing
  • MFA students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing

Submission Guidelines

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A current resume
  • A detailed explanation of the importance of this grant for your dissertation/thesis research, your continued studies, or professional development (maximum of one page, typed and single-spaced)
  • A typed, detailed budget of expected expenses (if traveling) and description of destination(s), including dates of travel. Award recipients will be expected to document travel expenses with receipts.
  • All materials must be submitted electronically via AcademicWorks by February 15, 2021.

Past Recipients

  • 2021/22 recipients: Cara Albert, MFA student; Alaina Bainbridge, MFA student; Sabrina Canepa, MFA student; Katie Chappell, MA student; Bailey Cochran, MFA student; Stephanie Couey, PhD candidate; Cheryl Cummings, MFA student; Madeline Hennessey, MA student; Amanda Hurtado, PhD candidate; JP Mayer, MFA student; Jack Pugh, PhD student; Michael Schrimper, PhD student; Allen Scott, MA student; Kate Sedor, MFA student; Candace Nunag Tardio, MFA student; Rachel Wood, MFA student
  • 2020/21 recipients: Renata Ryan Burchfield, PhD candidate; Leah White, MFA student; Rachel Wood, MFA student
  • 2019/20 recipients: Stephen Mruzik, MFA student; Garrett Biggs, MFA student; Stephanie Couey, PhD candidate
  • 2018/19 recipients: Chris Becker, MFA student; Cayla Eagon, PhD candidate; Jimmy Miranda, PhD candidate

This award provides fellowships to graduate students in the MA, MFA and PhD programs in the English Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. Preference is given to students studying Renaissance literature.

A minimum of five (5) grants, each up to $4,000, will be given to different qualified students. Each award will be distributed and applied to the student’s spring 2021 tuition bill. Applications will be reviewed and award winners selected by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Qualifications

  • PhD students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing
  • MA students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing
  • MFA students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing

Submission Guidelines

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Submit a one-page summary of how this award will be used to support your studies.
  • All materials must be submitted electronically via AcademicWorks by February 15, 2021.

Past Recipients

  • 2021/22 recipients: Anurag Andra, MFA student; Lauren Arnold, MFA student; Sabrina Canepa, MFA student; Conny Cassity, PhD candidate; Shirin Chowdhury, MFA student; Bailey Cochran, MFA student; Stephanie Couey, PhD candidate; JP Mayer, MFA student; Renata Ryan Burchfield, PhD candidate; Laurel Samuelson, MA student; Kate Sedor, MFA student; Alexander Williams, MA student

The Denver Woman’s Press Club is once again offering the Ruth Murray Underhill Scholarship. Established in 1985, this fellowship provides support to a graduate student in the University of Colorado Boulder Creative Writing Program who identifies as female.

The scholarship winner will be notified once the decision has been made. The scholarship recipient will be expected to write a note of thanks to the donor, as well as a short paragraph about interests, classes and writing, one semester after receiving the award. Award winners are also invited to attend a reception during the summer, and may also participate in the organization’s events free of charge throughout the 2021/2022 year.

One (1) fellowship in the amount of $2,500 will be given to a qualified MFA student.  Funds are applied directly to tuition during the 2021/2022 year.

Qualifications

  • Graduate student in the MFA-Creative Writing program who identifies as female
  • Good standing in the program with satisfactory degree progress
  • Applicants must have a graduation date no earlier than May 2022

Submission Guidelines

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A manuscript of 25 pages or less
  • Manuscripts must have no extraneous comments, marks, or grades on it. The manuscript should not contain the applicant’s name
  • Cover sheet with applicant name, student ID number, and manuscript title
  • All materials must be submitted electronically via AcademicWorks by February 15, 2021.

Past Recipients:

  • 2021/2022 recipient: Kristina Ten, MFA student
  • 2018/2019 recipient: Phuong Vuong, MFA student
  • 2017/2018 recipient: Natalie Sharp, MFA student
  • 2016/2017 recipient: Jessica Lawson, MFA student