PhD students are guaranteed at least five years of funding, typically including two years of duty-free fellowship support. In the first year, students receive departmental fellowships providing full tuition and fees plus a duty-free stipend of at least $21,500. There are also some highly competitive Graduate School fellowships; students may be nominated for them by the Department, and cannot apply directly. In years two through four, PhD students typically receive English Department Teaching Fellowships. For 2016-17, a Teaching Fellowship will pay all tuition needs, graduate school union fees, plus a stipend of at least $21,500 for the year. In the first year of teaching, students assist a faculty member. In years three and four of the program Teaching Fellows usually teach one course per semester, under faculty supervision. In their fifth year, students receive duty-free dissertation fellowships. ALL funding includes basic health insurance.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide funding for MA students at this time.
Students in the Graduate Program in English are also eligible to compete for several prizes and fellowships offered each year:
Warren and Myrtle Ault Fellowship
The Ault Graduate Fellowship may be awarded to an outstanding graduate student of English history or literature each year; the departments of English and History make awards in alternate years. The competition is open to dissertation-level graduate students working on any area of English literature.
The Boston University Center for the Humanities awards fellowships to dissertation-level graduate students in the humanities each spring. Departments may nominate two students who have passed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation.
George and Helen Christopher Fellowship
The Department of English offers annually the George and Helen Christopher Fellowship to provide support to graduate students in English.
Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship
The Graduate School and the BU Center for the Humanities offer Graduate Research Abroad Fellowships (GRAF) to support foreign-based research by advanced doctoral students whose research requires an extended period of residence in another country. GRAFs are awarded for both short-term and long-term research projects. Departments may nominate up to three students each semester.
The Dartmouth Futures Institute Fellowship
The Dartmouth Futures Institute Fellowship will be awarded annually to one advanced Ph.D. student to cover the cost of attending the Futures Institute at Dartmouth College, an intensive one-week program of seminars and workshops in the field of American Studies, at which graduate students present their work and distinguished faculty in the field offer seminars and critiques.
Albert Gilman Shakespeare Prize
The Department of English offers annually the Albert Gilman Shakespeare Prize for the best essay written on Shakespeare or any other aspect of English Renaissance drama. The competition is open to all graduate students in the Department of English. The competition is announced in the spring.
David Bonnell Green Prize
The Department of English offers annually the David Bonnell Green Prize for the best essay on an aspect of English or American literature of the Romantic period; the competition is open to all graduate students in the Department of English. The competition is announced in the spring.