Financial Support and Teaching
Every entering student receives a full fellowship during the
first year in the program.
Graduate students who enter the program with a B.A. and proceed
normally are guaranteed 5 ½ years of full funding (tuition and
stipend), while students entering with an M.A. receive one year's
course credit and 4 ½ years of funding.
In their second year, students entering with a B.A. receive funding
and mentoring through our TA program, which enables them to assist a
fulltime faculty member in a literature course and to be introduced
to the First-Year Writing Program (FYWP). Students entering with an
M.A. degree typically bypass the TA program and begin teaching in
the FYWP in their second year.
For the next three years, students teach in the FYWP. As
instructors, graduate students have full responsibility for course
design and implementation, enabling them to gain experience that is
extremely valuable on the job market. They teach one expository
writing course a semester.
Following their years of teaching, students receive a
semester-length dissertation fellowship. Students who move quickly
through the program may choose to replace both the final year of
teaching and the semester-length fellowship with a full year's
The university also awards several Provost's Fellowships to incoming
students, as well as a few Dean's Humanities Fellowships designed to
increase diversity in our field. Advanced students may also apply to
team-teach with a fulltime faculty member through the
or to receive a fellowship at our