Each year, the English Department awards a number of scholarships to graduate students. Eligible students may apply for a scholarship award annually.  Students can apply for 2019-20 scholarships and awards between January 15th and February 15th, 2019.

To apply for a scholarship, log in to MyCUInfo and complete the scholarship application via AcademicWorks. To find specific awards, search for the award name within 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 MyCUInfo (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 $1,000 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. Awards will be distributed and applied to the student’s Fall 2018 tuition bill.

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 2018. 

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). 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 your advisor to email the letter separately from the proposal to the Graduate Program Assistanat at gsengl@colorado.edu. The advisor's letter should address the specific merits of the proposal 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, 2018.

Past Recipients

  • 2018/19 recipient: Rebecca Schneider, PhD Candidate
  • 2017/18 recipient: Allison Shelton

The Denver Woman’s Press Club is offering the Ruth Murray Underhill Scholarship. Established in 1985, this fellowship generously provides support to a female graduate student in the University of Colorado Boulder Creative Writing Program. One award of $2,500 will be given to a qualified MFA student. Funds are applied directly to tuition during the 2018/2019 academic year.

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 2018/2019 year.

Qualifications

  • Female graduate student in the MFA - Creative Writing program.
  • Good standing in the program with satisfactory degree progress.
  • Applicants must have a graduation date no earlier than May 2019.

Submission Guidelines

  • 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, 2018.

Past Recipients

  • 2018/19 recipient: Phuong Vuong, MFA student
  • 2017/18 recipient: Natalie Sharp

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 awards of $1,000 each will be awarded, to be applied to the Fall 2018 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

  • 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 2018.

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, 2018.

Past Recipients

  • 2018/19 recipients: Stephen Mruzik, MFA student, and Michael Ranellone, MFA student
  • 2017/18 recipients: Heather Cohen and Rushi Vyas

This scholarship benefits students in the College of Arts and Sciences. The scholarship was generously established by Adrianne Wonnacott in memory of Robert Manford Tobin, Jr. Rob, a CU Boulder Business graduate, was always creating, be it written stories or natural photography; even painting, drawing and music. Rob was a dedicated teacher in all aspects of his life, leading by example with integrity and perseverance and through joy and wonder at the world around him. The amount of $1,000 will be awarded to the best creative writing story, and will be applied to the student’s Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 tuition ($500 each semester).

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

  • Applicants must be Creative Writing graduate students.
  • Applicants must be full-time students and must remain in good academic standing for the duration of the award (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019).
  • Applicants must not be graduating earlier than Spring 2018.
  • Preference will be given to residents of Colorado.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit a short story (5-10 pages, typed, double-spaced) titled and formatted, as it 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_Tobin
  • All materials must be submitted electronically via AcademicWorks by February 15, 2018.

Past Recipients

  • 2018/19 recipient: Garrett Biggs, MFA student
  • 2017/18 recipient: Christine Becker

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 $500fellowship will be awarded. The award will be distributed and applied to the student’s Fall 2018 tuition bill. This year, the award fellowship will be awarded to an MFA student.

Qualifications

  • Applicants must be English MFA students in good standing within the gradaute program.

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, 2018.

Past Recipients

  • 2018/19 recipient: Elana Friedland, MFA student  
  • 2017/18 recipient: Josette Lorig 

This award provides support to English PhD students in their doctoral studies. The award is offered in memory of Professior James K. Folsom. One $2,000 fellowship award will be given to a qualified graduate student. Each award will be distributed and applied to the student’s Fall 2018 tuition bill.

Qualifications

  • English PhD student in pre-comprehensive exam “C” status during the 2018-19 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, 2018.

Past Recipients

  • 2018/19 recipient: Tarren Andrews, PhD student 
  • 2017/18 recipient: Stephanie Couey

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 $2,000 fellowship award will be given to a qualified graduate student. Each award will be distributed and applied to the student’s Fall 2018 tuition bill.

Qualifications

  • English PhD student in pre-comprehensive exam “C” status during the 2018-19 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, 2018.

Past Recipients

  • 2018/19 recipient: Renata Ryan-Burchfield, PhD student 
  • 2017/18 recipient: Josette Lorig

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.
One fellowship award, at an amount of $2,000, will be given to a student within the PhD program who has not yet taken the comprehensive exam. Three fellowship awards, each at an amount of$2,000, will be given to graduate students within the MFA program. Each award will be distributed and applied to the student’s Fall 2018 tuition bill.

Qualifications

  • English PhD student in pre-comprehensive exam “C” statusduring the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Graduate students in the MFA –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, 2018.

Past Recipients

  • 2018/19 recipients: Stephanie Couey, PhD Candidate; Elana Friedland, MFA student; Phuong Vuong, MFA student; Christine Becker, MFA student
  • 2017/18 recipient: Cayla Eagon

The Cookson Experimental Criticism Essay Prize was established to encourage emerging academics to experiment with form and perspective as a way to challenge the traditional conventions of critique. A prize of $2,000 will be awarded, on a competitive basis, to a graduate student in English. The funds will be applied to the student’s Fall 2018 tuition bill. 

Facing an academic (and, indeed, political and intellectual) landscape that is ever more insecure and undefined, scholars can, and perhaps must, reimagine the value, form, and approach of critical writing. As Gerald Prince suggests in American Book Review, “formal experimentation can enhance the understanding and appreciation of texts by mimicking them or pointing to some of their aspects through the very form it takes. Perhaps it can encourage us to reflect on what the tasks of criticism and the most appropriate ways of fulfilling them are.” Prince suggests that a true innovation or experiment in criticism puts the form of the critique in direct conversation with the work that it addresses. He suggests several avenues to try: hypercriticism, or an exploitation of hypertextual possibilities; deconstructed/unconstructed criticism, which might allow the reader to disrupt teleological form by “shuffling” the various components of the critique as she reads; and multi-lingual criticism of a multi-lingual or translated text.

We also suggest several additional possibilities: experimenting with genre by using traditional literary forms in the critique instead of limiting them to being objects of criticism; what might be called dialogical criticism, whereby texts (literary and historical) are put in dialogue which each other—both conceptually and physically on the page—with minimal mediation by the critic; and subjective criticism, in which the critic juxtaposes personal narrative with traditional explication in order to acknowledge the difficulty of true objectivity in criticism. Published examples of possible models include (but are certainly not limited to) Susan Howe’s The birth-mark, Hilton Als’ White Girls, Roland Barthes S/Z, Anne Carson’s “poessays,” Wayne Koestenbaum’s The Queen’s Throat, Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project, and T.J. Clark’s The Sight of Death.

In addition to the essay, entrants should include a one-paragraph statement of purpose that outlines the scope of the experiment and the goals of the essay. It should be noted that essays should also strive to avoid the conventions of creative nonfiction and personal essay. This prize is meant to reward experiments in criticism, and thus it must be, first, a critique.

Qualifications

  • Open to all students currently enrolled in the MA, MFA, and PhD programs in English. 
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time and must be in good academic standing for the duration of the award (Fall 2018).
  • The winner will be invited to participate in a panel discussion at the inaugural Experimental Criticism mini-conference, which is currently scheduled for April 20, 2018. Invited speakers include Ashon Crawley, Jennifer Scappettone, Brian Blanchfield, and Sasha Steensen.

Submission Guidelines

  • All creative works must be titled and formatted as they would appear in publication.
  • There is no “required” page length, as this might bely the emphasis on experiment, but the submission should be long enough to adequately critique its subject, and not so long as to suggest the need for revision.
  • 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_ExperimentalCriticism.
  • All materials must be submitted electronically via AcademicWorks by February 15, 2018.

Past Recipients

  • 2018/19 recipient: Jimmy Miranda, PhD Candidate

The DUMB Grant provides funds to PhD and MA program students to enable them to continue researching and writing their dissertation or thesis. The grant can be used for things such as conference registration fees, travel to a conference, institution research fees, photocopying charges, etc.

Two (2) grants, each in the amount of $2,500, will be awarded to two different graduate students. Each award will be distributed and applied to the student’s Spring 2018 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 3 or 5+ dissertation hours as required by the Graduate School Rules during Spring 2018 semester.
  • MA program students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing, registered continually for 3 thesis hours during Spring 2018 semester.

Submission Guidelines

Applicants must submit:

  • 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 over 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, 2018.

Past Recipients

  • 2018/19 recipients: Deven Parker, PhD Candidate; Josette Lorig, PhD Candidate

The SURF Grant provides funds to PhD and MFA program students over the summer to enable them to continue researching and writing their dissertation or thesis. The grant can be used for things such as ongoing writing and editing over the summer, travel to destination(s) necessary for dissertation research, institution research fees, photocopying charges, etc.

Three (3) grants, each in the amount of $6,000, will be given to three different qualified students. Each award will be distributed and applied to the students’ Spring 2018 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 3 or 5+ dissertation hours as required by the Graduate School Rules during Spring 2018 semester.
  • MFA program students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing, registered continually for 3 thesis hours during Spring 2018 semester.

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 over the summer
  • 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, 2018.

Past Recipients

  • 2018/19 recipients: Chris Becker, MFA Candidate; Cayla Eagon, PhD Candidate; Jimmy Miranda, PhD Candidate

The WAR Grant provides funds to PhD and MA program students to conduct research for their dissertation or thesis. The grant can be used for things such as travel to archives, lodging during travel, institution research fees, scanning, photocopying and printing charges, etc.

Two (2) grants, each in the amount of $2,000 each, will be awarded to two different graduate students. Each award will be distributed and applied to the student’s Spring 2018 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 3 or 5+ dissertation hours as required by the Graduate School Rules during Spring 2018 semester.
  • MA program students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing, registered continually for 3 thesis hours during Spring 2018 semester.

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, 2018.

Past Recipients

  • 2018/19 recipients: Josette Lorig, PhD Candidate; Nodin DeSaillan Olsen​, PhD Candidate