Funding

  • We fund most of our PhD and MFA students with a comprehensive tuition waiver and an assistantship. These teaching stipends, of $17,850, which generally require teaching only one course per semester, compare to the best schools in the country for both programs.
  • Grants are available to help support conference travel.   
  • Incoming students without an MA generally work as teaching assistants in a large lecture course during their first year, leading one break-out discussion section per semester. Students entering with an MA are usually assigned their own section of English composition. Students concurrently take a course in how to teach first-year composition to provide pedagogical training and support.  Later in their graduate careers, all our students teach literature or creative writing.
  • Competitive dissertation-year fellowships and extra-year funding beyond the terms of the assistantship are also available but not guaranteed.