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Graduate Student Travel Grants
Travel reimbursement is available to doctoral or
master's degree candidates who have had an accepted
paper presentation of their research at a conference
or professional meeting. Smaller grants are
available for graduate students who are not
presenting their work but attending professional
meetings or for specific research related trips.
Requests for travel funding must be made at least
two weeks in advance and require the approval of the
department chair. Awards are limited and made on a
first-come, first-served basis and given only once
per student per academic year (July-June).
Funds for these grants are administered through the
dean's office (Ballou Hall, 617.627.3106). For more
information, or to apply for funding online, please
Graduate Student Travel Fund website. A limited
amount of travel funding is also available from the
English department. You may pick up a Travel
Reimbursement Request form from the English office or
download the form here.
As teachers in the First Year Writing Program
(FWYP), graduate students have full responsibility
for course design and implementation. Most graduate
student instructors teach one section of English 1
in the fall and one section of English 2 in the
spring semester. Students can request a leave from
teaching for a semester if circumstances hinder
their ability to teach. A leave from teaching is
granted for no more than one year and must have the
written support of the Director of Graduate Studies
and the First-Year Writing Program Director.
Request for Leave of Teaching form.
Ph.D. Comprehensive Oral Examination
Students take a two-hour comprehensive oral
examination by the end of Year 3. No standardized
list of texts is issued for this exam. Instead,
students construct their own reading lists in
consultation with faculty.
By the fall of your 3rd year, the student will
choose a professor to be the chair of their Orals
and begin constructing their reading lists. Please
fill out and submit the
Ph.D. Orals Approval and Instruction form when
ready to begin preparing for the oral examination.
Ph.D. Prospectus Approval Form
Following the completion of the Ph.D. Oral
examination, you will meet with your Orals chair to
discuss your exam performance as well as your ideas
for your dissertation prospectus. The prospectus is
a 20-30 page document that includes your
dissertation argument, abstracts for each chapter,
and a working bibliography. This step is designed to
give you a map for your dissertation writing. Once
the prospectus is approved by your advisor, you will
be required to submit a
Prospectus Approval form along with a copy of
the prospectus to the English office.
M.A. and Ph.D. Degree Sheets
The forms to certify your M.A. or Ph.D. Degree Award is
available through the
Graduate Student Services.
Once you have completed the requirements for the
you should complete the
Certificate of Fitness.
Before you have scheduled your Ph.D.
dissertation defense, you should complete the same
form specifying the award of Ph.D. Degree.
The Tisch Library provides access to a wide range of
print and electronic reference tools, including the
MLA International Bibliography, the Arts and
Humanities Citation Index, Project Muse and JSTOR,
and Early English Books Online.
Graduate students at Tufts are also eligible for
borrowing privileges with the Boston Library
Consortium, an association of 17 academic and
research libraries located in Massachusetts,
Connecticut, and New Hampshire.
Learn more about the
Boston Library Consortium.
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