Funding for Graduate Study

All graduate students who are admitted to the English Department at Emory are funded for five years, either through departmental fellowships or one of the Graduate School Fellowships: Diversity Fellowships, Woodruff Fellowships, and Arts and Sciences Fellowships. All fellowships carry tuition remission and a health care subsidy.

Emory Fellowships

Students who are beyond their initial funding package are eligible for a number of Emory fellowships. The details of these fellowships -- the application deadlines, responsibilities, and levels of funding -- change from year to year. The Graduate School usually makes announcements about them via e-mail, and sometimes even sponsors information meetings.

  • The Dean's Teaching Fellowship is administered by the Graduate School and allows fellows to teach an upper-level course for the department.
  • The Writing Center names several graduate fellows each year, who are responsible for supervising undergraduate tutors and providing mentoring at the Writing Center.
  • The Mellon Teaching Fellowship places graduate students from other colleges in the Atlanta area (Agnes Scott, Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark Atlanta), as well as Dillard University in New Orleans.   Mellon Teaching Fellows teach both introductory and advanced courses for their host institutions.
  • The Center for Humanistic Inquiry offers four dissertation completion fellowships each year. Graduate students from across the humanities are eligible to apply.
  • Woodruff Library Fellows work in a variety of library locations and a wide range of projects, from special collections (MARBL) to the Beck Center for Electronic Collections and Services to projects in collection management.
  • The SIRE (Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory) Fellows work with an Emory College program that supports undergraduate research. Fellows help train undergraduates in research skills and provide mentoring.
  • The Office of University-Community Partnership (OCUP) funds graduate fellows each year who aid OCUP in facilitating relationships between Emory faculty and the Atlanta metro community.

External Fellowships and Grants

The department encourages all graduate students to apply for external fellowships and grants, even those who are still covered by their initial graduate fellowships.   Students who receive external grants are eligible for further support from the department; moreover, applications for departmental summer research funds are considered more favorably when the student has made an application for external support.

Fellowships and grants basically come in two categories: full support for a semester or year (usually a year), and short-term grants to support specific research activities, such as visiting an archive. In addition, there are postdoctoral teaching fellowships such as the Marion L. Brittain Fellows program at Georgia Tech, where several of our students have taught.

The Graduate School keeps a list of fellowships and grants here. In addition, listed below are several of the research institutions offering short-term fellowships that may be of interest to graduate students in English. When applying for such grants, you should always provide a copy of your application to the Director of Graduate Studies.

Partial list of library and archive fellowships