All PhD students may be eligible to receive fellowships, tuition waivers, medical insurance, and payment of most fees during their time in the program, conditional on their good standing, determined by completion of annual progress-to-degree milestones and available funding. See fellowship details (including teaching and non-teaching GEs as well as competitive first-year PhD fellowships) below.
First-year MA students do not receive Graduate Employee (GE) appointments or tuition waivers from the English Department. (For tuition rates see the Office of the Registrar; MA students should expect to be enrolled for 9-16 credits.) However, first-year MA students may seek GE appointments elsewhere in the university–some listings are provided through the Graduate School. During their first year, MA students will be trained to teach in our composition program. Upon successful completion of this training, they will be eligible for a Graduate Employee (GE) appointment with tuition waiver, medical insurance, and payment of most fees during their second year in the program, conditional on their good standing, determined by completion of annual progress-to-degree milestones, and available funding.
Graduate Employee (GE)
All English Department PhD and second-year MA students are eligible for Graduate Employee (GEs) positions on the basis of teaching experience, proficiency, progress toward degree, years of eligible funding (as determined by transfer courses) and available funding. A GE appointment comes with a waiver of graduate tuition (except for certain fees) plus medical insurance and other benefits. (Current salary and fee figures can be found at Graduate School Salary and Benefits and tuition rates at the Office of the Registrar.) Classroom teaching appointments are not available for first-year graduate students who have only a BA and no college-level teaching experience.
If you wish to be considered for a GE appointment, you must complete the appropriate sections in the Department Applications. This will include previous teaching experience, including courses taught, dates, schools, etc. Supervisors’ evaluations are required, as well as graduate level teacher training course information.
The English Department offers a year-long training program for new graduate students who wish to make themselves eligible to apply for GE appointments for their second year of study. The program consists of English 611, Composition Graduate Teaching Fellow Seminar I, in Winter term; English 613, GE Composition Apprenticeship, in the Winter and/or Spring terms (depending on demand and the availability of supervising teachers); and a series of class observations during the non-apprenticeship term. First-year GEs are also required to take English 612, Composition GE Seminar II, during the Fall term of their first year of teaching. (Because of variable funding, we cannot guarantee that every student who completes this program successfully will be given a GE appointment, although most students have received GE appointments in the past.)
In addition to meeting the above requirements, international students whose native language is not English are required to have a score of 50 or better on the TSE (Test of Spoken English) or UO’s SPEAK test in order to be eligible for appointment as GEs.
For the yearly academic progress requirements for GE appointment and reappointment see the Department of English GE Yearly Academic Progress Requirements.
Non-Classroom-Teaching Graduate Employees
Each year, the English Department has a small number of one-year non-classroom teaching Graduate Employee (GEs) appointments available for first year PhD students. This award is made at a .40 FTE (176 hours per term) and includes a tuition waiver. These GEs serve as tutors in the Center for Teaching Writing where they work with undergraduates in composition courses to improve writing skills. Other various assignments, such as assisting faculty in lower-division literature courses, are assigned on an individual basis.
Competitive Fellowships for first-year PhD Students
The English Department offers the following named fellowships for first-year PhD students. Fellowships supplement the GE appointment and last for one year.
- Stanley Maveety Fellowship (amount varies) to an entering PhD student working on Renaissance studies.
- Hermine Zwanck Graham Fellowship (amount varies) to an outstanding first-year PhD student.
- Steingart Fellowship (amount varies) to an outstanding first-year PhD student.
- Wegelin Fellowship (amount varies) to an outstanding first-year PhD student.
No application for these fellowships is necessary. Candidates for these fellowships are chosen by the department from the annual pool of applicants based on the merits of their applications, their fields of interest, and their previous academic backgrounds. Depending on available funding, not every fellowship is awarded every year.
University-wide Fellowships and Funding Opportunities
Questions about general scholarships, loans, and financial aid information should be addressed to the Office of Financial Aid (541-346-3221).
Information about financial aid for graduate students is also available on the Graduate School website.
For information on funding opportunities for international students, contact the International Student and Scholar Services office.
The University of Oregon offers numerous additional fellowships, awards, and forms of funding, available to English Department graduate students. A complete list of Graduate School awards can be found here.
- University of Oregon Doctoral Research Fellowships for a student in the final year of doctoral work, nominated by the department; $18,000 stipend plus tuition waiver. Contact the Graduate School, 541-346-5129.
- Graduate Student Research Awards for reimbursement for expenditures in support of thesis or dissertation related research and/or travel to make conference presentations related to thesis/dissertation topics; $100-500 per student. Students in the Graduate Program may contact Mary Wood, the English Department’s Director of Graduate Studies.
- Target of Opportunity Laurel Awards (TOLA): tuition waiver for students of color with strong academic records (for U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents only). Contact the Graduate School, 541-346-2489.
- Margaret McBride Lehrman Award for graduate students in financial need; $9,000 stipend plus tuition waiver. Contact the Graduate School, 541-346-2489.
- Margaret Wiese Graduate Research Award to support graduate student research related to preserving the culture, language, and/or artifacts of northwestern Native Americans; up to $1000 reimbursement for travel or other research-related costs. Contact the Graduate School, 541-346-2489.
- Gary E. Smith Summer Professional Development Award to support academic, professional development, or training enrichment opportunities (outside a student’s degree program) for an MA or PhD student during summer 2013; up to $3000 award; students must be returning as full-time students in the fall.
- Donald and Darel Stein Graduate Student Teaching Award to recognize outstanding teaching (over at least 5 terms) and excellent academic performance; $1,000. Contact the Graduate School, 541-346-2489.
- Dan Kimble First Year Teaching Award to recognize outstanding work in the first year of classroom experience; $500. Contact the Teaching Effectiveness Program, 541-346-2177.
- Center for the Study of Women in Society Graduate Awards (CSWS) for graduate students whose area of specialization involves research or creative work on gender, feminist theory, or aspects of women’s experiences; travel grants, $100-$400; research grants, $100-$2,000; Jane Grant Dissertation Fellowship, $10,000; International Laurel Research Award, $2,500; Laurel Research Award, $2,500. Contact CSWS, 541-346-5015, or see their website.
- Humanities Center Fellowships for advanced dissertation research with humanistic emphasis. Contact: Humanities Center, 541-346-1001.
- College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) Scholarships: Everett D. Monte Scholarship, $1,000, one graduate student in dissertation year; Mary Chambers Brockelbank Endowed Assistance Fund, $500-$1,000, students of limited means; Risa Palm Graduate Fellowship, $1,000, one or more graduate students. Contact CAS, 541-346-3950.
For information on these and other internal and external funding opportunities such as Ford Foundation Fellowships, Fulbright Fellowships, NSF Fellowships, Woodrow Wilson Grants in Women’s Studies, etc., students may visit the UO Funding Library in the Graduate School, 125 Chapman Hall. The Funding Library has information in print and electronic form and sponsors workshops each term on funding searches.
International Student Applicants
International students are eligible for the departmental teaching and research fellowships described above and may apply for general university scholarships through the Financial Aid Office once they have enrolled in the University. Such applicants are encouraged to look into government and private sources for financial assistance in their home countries; financial aid may also be available through the Office of International Affairs: International Students and Scholars Services.