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 2019/20 scholarships and awards between January 15th and February 15th, 2019.

How to Apply:

To apply for a scholarship, log in to MyCUInfo 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 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 2019 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 2019. 

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://portal.prod.cu.edu/MyCUInfoFedAuthLogin.html. 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 Assistant 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, 2019.

Past Recipients

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

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 2019 and Spring 2020 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 2019 and Spring 2020).
  • Applicants must not be graduating earlier than Spring 2020.
  • 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, 2019.

​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 $500 fellowship will be awarded. The award will be distributed and applied to the student’s Fall 2019 tuition bill. This year, the award fellowship will be awarded to an MA student.

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 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, 2019.

​Past Recipients

  • 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. Three awards of $1,000 each will be awarded, to be applied to the recipients’ Fall 2019 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 2020.

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, 2019.

​Past Recipients

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

This award provides support to English PhD students in their doctoral studies. The award is offered in memory of Professor 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 2019 tuition bill.

Qualifications:

  • English PhD student in pre-comprehensive exam “C” status during the 2019-20 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, 2019.

Past Recipients

  • 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 $2,000 fellowship award will be given to a qualified graduate student. Each award will be distributed and applied to the student’s Fall 2019 tuition bill.

Qualifications:

  • English PhD student in pre-comprehensive exam “C” status during the 2019-20 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, 2019

Past Recipients

  • 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 fellowship awards, each at an amount of $2,000, will be given to a student within the PhD program who has not yet taken the comprehensive exam. Up to two 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 2019 tuition bill.

Qualifications:

  • English PhD student in pre-comprehensive exam “C” status during the 2019-20 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, 2019.

Past Recipients

  • 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 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 2019 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.

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

  • 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 2019 and Spring 2020).

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, 2019.

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 students. Each award will be distributed and applied to the student’s Spring 2019 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.
  • MA program students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing, must be registered continually for 3 thesis hours in the Fall 2019 term.

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 detailed budget of expected expenses. If travel is expected, please include a description of destination(s), including expected 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, 2019.

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 2019 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.
  • MFA program students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing, registered continually for 3 thesis hours during the Fall 2019 term.

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 detailed budget of expected expenses. If travel is expected, please include a description of destination(s), including expected 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, 2019.

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 2019 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.
  • MA program students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing, registered continually for 3 thesis hours in the Fall 2019 term.

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 detailed budget of expected expenses. If travel is expected, please include a description of destination(s), including expected 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, 2019.

Past Recipients

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

The Preston Summer Research Fellowship 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/thesis research, institution research fees, photocopying charges, etc.

Up to ten (10) grants, each in the amount of $6,000, will be given to up to ten different qualified students. Each award will be distributed in the Spring 2019 term. 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.
  • MFA program students enrolled full-time and in good academic standing, registered continually for a minimum of one thesis hour during the Fall 2019 term.

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 detailed budget of expected expenses. If travel is expected, please include a description of destination(s), including expected 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, 2019.

The Department of English is pleased to announce the Preston English Dissertation Completion fellowship for the 2019/20 academic year. This fellowship provides support to students who have not yet graduated, but who have demonstrated substantial progress in completing their dissertation.

Two (2) fellowship opportunities will be awarded. Recipients of this fellowship will receive $40,000 during the 2019/20 academic year ($20,000 in fall 2019, $20,000 in spring 2020). Recipients are expected to complete and defend their dissertation by the end of spring 2020. Recipients of this fellowship do not receive tuition remission and are responsible for paying their tuition bill by the published deadlines for each academic term. If electing to purchase the CU Student Gold Health Insurance Plan, the cost of the premium will be included in the student’s tuition bill each semester.

Students receiving this fellowship are required to meet at least once a month with their Director. In turn, the Director is also required to regularly inform the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies about the student’s progress towards completion. 

Qualifications:

  • PhD students in post-comprehensive exam “D” status, who are entering their 6th year of study as of Fall 2019, and who do not have another funding agreement, employment, or graduate faculty appointment with the Department of English or elsewhere on campus in the 2019/2020 academic year.
  • Students must be in good academic standing and be registered full-time for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Recipients will be selected on a merit-basis, with priority given to those who have made measurable and considerable progress towards completion of their dissertations. Candidates should have a minimum of two chapters completed and approved by their Director by the time of application.

Submission Guidelines:

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Complete the application form (download here)
  • In addition to the application form, submit the following items:
    • Abstract of your dissertation
    • Written statement describing all progress made to-date and a comprehensive plan for completion and defense of the dissertation within a one-year time frame. The statement should be a minimum of one page and must include the following:
      • Description of all work completed to date
      • Outline of work remaining to be completed
      • Schedule of meetings agreed to with your Director during 2019/20. (Students must meet with their Director once per month at a minimum.)
      • Anticipated defense date that is reflective of the Graduate School’s deadlines for graduation within the 2019/20 academic year.
    • Written letter from your Director confirming that they have reviewed and support the preceding items. 
    • If you are already committed to teach for English or another department in the 2019/2020 academic year, please state in your application materials your intention of withdrawing from that commitment if awarded a fellowship. 
  • All materials must be submitted electronically via AcademicWorks by February 15, 2019.