All incoming graduate students are fully funded. In 2015-16, the value of full tuition remission is $47,300, and the University fellowship stipend is $21,625. Beginning in the fifth semester, all students who have made satisfactory progress are eligible for appointment as classroom instructors. These appointments carry a full stipend ($21,625 in 2015-16) and full remission of tuition and are renewable for up to five years so long as performance in the classroom and in the degree program remains satisfactory. No prior experience is required, and training is provided. The teaching load is one class per semester, with the number of students capped at fourteen in all first-year writing courses.
Dissertation Fellowships are awarded by the Graduate School to students in good standing in the final year of their dissertation work. The fellowships are equivalent to instructors' stipends and free students from all teaching responsibilities as they complete their dissertation. Dissertation Fellowships will also be accompanied by a $1000 travel fund, which will ideally be used by the student to visit an archive or museum to complete dissertation research, present a conference paper, or attend national meetings in their disciplines at which job interviews are held. Prior to the year-long fellowship, students can apply to participate in the summer Mellon Summer Dissertation Seminar that comes with a stipend of $2,000.
General summer funding is not a guaranteed part of our support package, but it has been available in the past following the completion of the first year and for the following four summers. In 2015 most students completing years one through five were awarded $2,500.
In addition to these financial resources, the Graduate School and our department fund the presentation of research at academic conferences and recognize excellence in both scholarship and teaching. Graduate students can be reimbursed for transportation and housing costs associated with up to two conferences over the course of the degree, with the maximum amount reimbursed for each conference being $1000.
The Cornelison English Graduate Prize is annually awarded to the authors of the two essays judged to represent the finest written work produced in that year's coursework. First place comes with $2,500; the runner up receives $1,500. At about the same time every year, the Graduate School presents the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, with a prize of $1,500, to graduate instructors nominated by all departments and programs in Arts and Sciences. Our department's nominee has never failed to win this accolade.
Those who are eligible may also apply for an Olin Fellowship for Women in Graduate Study or a Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship for students bringing a strong sense of diversity to the university. Both require separate applications (through the office of the Dean of the Graduate School). The Olin awards carry stipends ($29,640 in 2015-16) in addition to full remission of tuition and are renewable for the duration of the degree program up to a maximum of four years. No teaching or other duties are required, though students may opt to do so. Chancellor's Graduate fellowships are for five years, carry full tuition remission and, in 2015-16, an annual stipend of $29,640+ $1,800 allowance for books, travel, etc.