Fellowships & Grants

Table of Contents


  1. Fellowships and Academic-Year or Semester Support
    1. Department of English Fellowships
    2. Department of English Enrichment Grants
    3. Graduate School Fellowships
    4. External Fellowships 
  2. Conference Travel Grants and Awards
    1. Department of English Travel Grants and Awards
    2. OSU Travel Grants and Awards
  3. Research Travel Grants and Awards
    1. Department of English Research Grants and Awards
    2. OSU Research Grants and Awards Research Grants and Awards
    3. External Research Grants and Awards Research Grants and Awards

Fellowships and Academic-Year or Semester Support


Department of English Fellowships

Fellowships for Spring 2017

Thesis & Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Deadline for Applications: October 24, 2016

The Department of English will award two “Thesis & Dissertation Completion Fellowships” to be taken during Spring 2017.  These fellowships offer one semester of tuition, fees, and stipend support – without teaching obligations – for outstanding MFA or PhD students who have made significant progress in their theses or dissertations, and whose theses or dissertations show exceptional creative or scholarly promise.  The fellowships for Spring 2017 will go to one MFA and one PhD student for whom 2016-2017 is their final year of funding.

The level of stipend support will be identical to that of GTAs.

Applicants must be eligible for GTA funding for the semester they will be on Fellowship support.  Thus, the following students cannot apply for the Thesis & Dissertation Completion Fellowships:

  • Students who already have a multi-year Graduate Fellowship that includes dissertation-year support (that is, a Distinguished University Fellowship or a Huntington Dean’s Distinguished University Fellowship).
  • Students who are no longer eligible for departmental funding as a GTA at the time of the proposed Fellowship semester.

To apply, students must submit electronic copies of the following materials to Kathleen Griffin at griffin.328@osu.edu no later than October 24, 2016:

  • A complete CV
  • A brief statement (about 2 single-spaced pages) that (1) describes the student's thesis or dissertation project; (2) specifies how much of the thesis or dissertation research and writing the student has already completed; and (3) describes what aspects of the project the Thesis & Dissertation Completion Fellowship will allow the student to complete.
  • A letter of support from the student’s advisor that conveys the advisor’s appraisal of the project’s progress and significance and attests to the student’s completion of a significant portion of the thesis or dissertation.  For the Spring 2017 competition, a “significant portion” might be one third of the MFA thesis or two chapters of the dissertation.
  • A current transcript and/or academic advising report.
  • A writing sample, which will be a whole or part of a dissertation chapter or a portion of an MFA thesis project – a single story, essay, or chapter of a prose MFA thesis (for a total of no more than approx. 25-30 pages), or several poems of a poetry thesis.

Fellowships for Fall 2017

Thesis & Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Deadline for Applications: February 24, 2017

The Department of English will award two “Thesis & Dissertation Completion Fellowships” to be taken during Fall 2017.  These fellowships offer one semester of tuition, fees, and stipend support – without teaching obligations – for outstanding MFA or PhD students who have made significant progress in their theses or dissertations, and whose theses or dissertations show exceptional creative and scholarly promise.  The fellowships for Fall 2017 will go to one MFA and one PhD student for whom 2017-18 is their final year of funding.

The level of stipend support will be identical to that of GTAs.

Applicants must be eligible for GTA funding for the semester they will be on Fellowship support.  Thus, the following students cannot apply for the Thesis & Dissertation Completion Fellowships:

  • Students who already have a multi-year Graduate Fellowship that includes dissertation-year support (that is, a Distinguished University Fellowship or a Huntington Dean’s Distinguished University Fellowship).
  • Students who are no longer eligible for departmental funding as a GTA at the time of the proposed Fellowship semester.

To apply, students must submit electronic copies of the following materials to Kathleen Griffin at griffin.328@osu.edu no later than February 24th, 2017:

  • A complete CV
  • A brief statement (about 2 single-spaced pages) that (1) describes the student's thesis or dissertation project; (2) specifies how much of the thesis or dissertation research and writing the student has already completed; and (3) describes what aspects of the project the Thesis & Dissertation Completion Fellowship will allow the student to complete.
  • A letter of support from the student’s advisor that conveys the advisor’s appraisal of the project’s progress and significance and appraises the likelihood of the student making significant progress on his or her thesis.
  • A current transcript and/or academic advising report.
  • A writing sample, which will be a whole or part of a dissertation chapter or a portion of an MFA thesis project – a single story, essay, or chapter of a prose MFA thesis (for a total of no more than approx. 25-30 pages), or several poems of a poetry thesis.
     

Genevieve M. Critel Fellowship in Digital Media
Deadline for Applications:  February 24th, 2017

The Genevieve M. Critel Fellowship offers one semester of tuition, fees, and stipend support for an outstanding graduate student in the English department who is writing his or her dissertation on any topic focusing on digital media studies. (Students in any area of English studies are invited to apply.) Recipients of the Fellowship will not teach during the semester they are supported.  A Critel Fellow may not hold any other type of employment or appointment during the time of the fellowship.

Robert M. Estrich Fellowship in Literary and Cultural Studies
Deadline for Applications:  February 24th, 2017

The Robert M. Estrich Fellowship offers one semester of tuition, fees, and stipend support for an outstanding graduate student in the English department who is writing his or her dissertation on any topic in literary and/or cultural studies. (Students focusing in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy should apply for the Corbett Fellowship below.)  An Estrich Fellow may not hold any other type of employment or appointment during the time of the fellowship.

Edward P. J. Corbett Fellowship in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy
Deadline for Applications:  February 24th, 2017

The Edward P. J. Corbett Fellowship offers one semester of tuition, fees, and stipend support for an outstanding graduate student in the English department who is writing his or her dissertation on any topic in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy. (Students focusing in other areas of literary and cultural studies should apply for the Estrich Fellowship above.)  A Corbett Fellow may not hold any other type of employment or appointment during the time of the fellowship.

Eligibility and requirements for the Critel, Estrich, and Corbett Fellowships:

  • Applicants must have completed one chapter of their dissertation at the time of applying for the Fellowship.
  • Applicants must be eligible for GTA funding for the semester they will be on Fellowship support.  Thus, the following students cannot apply for the Critel, Estrich, and Corbett Fellowships:
    • Students who already have a multi-year Graduate Fellowship that includes dissertation-year support (that is, a Distinguished University Fellowship or a Huntington Dean’s Distinguished University Fellowship).
    • Students who are no longer eligible for departmental funding as a GTA at the time of the proposed Fellowship semester.

To apply, students must submit the following materials to Kathleen Griffin no later than February 24th, 2017:

  • A complete CV
  • A brief statement (about 2 single-spaced pages) that (1) describes the students’ dissertation project; (2) specifies how much of the dissertation research and writing the student has already completed; and (3) describes what aspects of the project the Critel, Estrich, or Corbett Fellowship will allow the student to complete.
  • A letter of support from the student’s advisor that attests to the student’s completion of one chapter of the dissertation and that conveys the advisor’s appraisal of the project’s progress and significance.
  • Current transcript and/or academic advising report.
     

Department of English Enrichment Grants

First-Year Graduate Enrichment Grants                                                Total: $5000
The Department of English awards grants of up to $1000 to incoming students who contribute to diversity (underrepresented groups, first-generation students, students with disabilities). These funds may be awarded regardless of the student's fellowship status. The use of the funds is unrestricted. Possible uses include travel and research, reimbursement for moving expenses, and supplies. Applicants should submit a statement explaining how the grant will contribute to the student's transition to graduate study at Ohio State; the rationale can include a budget of the student's plans for spending the grant. Please submit this statement (no longer than one single-spaced page) to Aman Garcha, Director of Graduate Studies (garcha.2@osu.edu). Grants may be offered at any point of the recruitment and enrollment process, but applications submitted by April 15 are given priority. Applications are evaluated based on the student's rationale for financial need. 

Enrichment Travel Grants for prospective graduate students             Total: $3000
The Department of English awards grants (up to $400 each) to defray prospective students' travel costs to attend the Graduate Program Open House each spring. This need-based award is intended as a recruiting tool to bring to campus highly competitive students who otherwise may not be able to attend the Open House - an event that generally increases the likelihood of accepted students enrollming at OSU. To request an enrichment travel grant, contact Aman Garcha, Director of Graduate Studies (garcha.2@osu.edu). 

Graduate School Fellowships

Presidential Fellowship
For more detailed information, see the Graduate School.

The Presidential Fellowship is the most prestigious award given by the Graduate School to recognize the outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Recipients of this award embody the highest standards of scholarship in the full range of Ohio State’s graduate programs.

The Presidential Fellowship provides financial support so that each Presidential fellow may devote one year of full-time study to the completion of his or her dissertation or degree project unimpeded by other duties. Competitions are held autumn and spring quarters.

Nomination:

Students cannot apply directly for these fellowships. Nominations are made and submitted by graduate studies committee chairs. To be eligible, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.6 for all Ohio State graduate course work, have completed all degree course work by the time the fellowship is activated, and have passed the candidacy examination (doctoral students) by the nomination deadline.

CIC/Smithsonian Institute Fellowship
For more detailed information see the Graduate School or the Smithsonian Institute.

The CIC/Smithsonian Institute Fellowship is a 1-year, $30,000 fellowship for residency at the Smithsonian Institute. Applicants must propose to conduct research in a discipline pursued at the Smithsonian and must submit a specific and detailed research proposal indicating why the Smithsonian is an appropriate place to carry out the study. Proposals should address one of the Smithsonian's Four Grand Challenges: 

  • Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe
  • Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet
  • Valuing World Cultures
  • Understanding the American Experience

J. Parker and Kathryn Webb Dinius Fellowship
For more detailed information, see the Graduate School.

Generous donors established the J. Parker and Kathryn Webb Dinius Fellowship Fund to support students who plan to pursue or who are pursuing a graduate or professional degree at The Ohio State University. Preference is given to students who earned an undergraduate varsity letter (with priority given to football players) at Ohio State. The Dinius Fellowship provides funds to defray and/or cover the cost of tuition, fees, other educational costs, and/or living expenses.

Graduate School Fellowships for Incoming Students
For more detailed information, see Funding Information or the Graduate School guide to first-year fellowships.

External Fellowships

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
For more detailed information, see the ACLS website.

Stipend: $25,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000
Tenure: one year

ACLS invites applications for the sixth annual competition for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing.

The Fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at the Fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. These Fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.

The total award of up to $33,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. In addition to the monetary support that the fellowship offers, Dissertation Completion Fellows are able to apply to participate in a seminar on preparing for the academic job market.  The seminar takes place over three days in the fall of the fellowship year.

AAUW International Fellowship
For more detailed information, see the AAUW website.

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Fellowships support graduate or postgraduate studies at accredited institutions. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls.

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowships
For more detailed information, see the American Indian Graduate Center website.

The American Indian Graduate Center, Inc. announces the availability of fellowships and loans for service to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students.

Conference Travel Grants and Awards


Department of English

The Department of English provides $500 in conference travel support for all graduate students in funding.
 

OSU (including the Graduate School and Council of Graduate Students)

Arts & Sciences Graduate Research Small Grants Program
For more detailed information, see the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Graduate Research Small Grants Program is designed to enhance opportunities for graduate students in Arts & Humanities to conduct research by offering supplemental financial support of up to $500 on a competitive basis. Applications may be submitted at any time, but they should be received by the Arts & Humanities office at least six weeks before the date when the funds are to be used.

Arts & Sciences G. Michael Riley International Academic Fund
For more detailed information, see the College of Arts and Sciences.

The G. Michael Riley International Academic Fund provides a stipend of $1000 for graduate students in Humanities (or related Humanities-based disciplines, such as Art History or Musicology) who need to travel abroad for professional reasons.

Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service
For more detailed information, see the Council of Graduate Students.

The Council of Graduate Students' Edward J. Ray Travel Award encourages and enables graduate students across the university to participate in professional conferences, both in their respective fields and in the broader academic community, by reimbursing or partially reimbursing the expenses incurred by graduate students during travel to conferences and meetings to present original research.

Unlike other programs that award travel funds, Ray Award evaluators give substantial weight to the applicant's service to his/her department, the university, and the surrounding community when making award decisions. Evaluators also take into account the academic standing of the applicant, the applicant's professional goals, the nature of the conference being attended, and the applicant's ability to convey the focus of their research to a general audience.

Career Development Grant
For more detailed information, see the Council of Graduate Students.

The Career Development Grant program sponsored by Ohio State's Council of Graduate Students (CGS) encourages graduate students to prepare for placement into their chosen field. Students may submit their application to CGS for an opportunity to receive an award to defray costs associated with the development of their careers.   

Grant competitions are held each quarter. By offering grants of up to $350 each, CGS is providing an incentive for graduate students to invest effort in their own career development. These grants provide subsidy for expenses incurred by the activities outlined by applicants in their Career Development Plan.

Research Travel Grants and Awards


Department of English

Students may use their $500 travel stipend for travel to appropriate archives.

Margaret Blickle Graduate Travel and Research Awards

See above for information about the Blickle Travel and Research Awards.

OSU (including the Graduate School and Council of Graduate Students)

Arts & Sciences Graduate Research Small Grants Program
For more detailed information, see the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Graduate Research Small Grants Program is designed to enhance opportunities for graduate students in Arts & Humanities to conduct research by offering supplemental financial support of up to $500 on a competitive basis. Applications may be submitted at any time, but they should be received by the Arts & Humanities office at least six weeks before the date when the funds are to be used.

Arts & Sciences Chu Memorial Scholarship
For more detailed information see the College of Arts and Sciences.

This merit-based scholarship supports graduate students within the Humanities (or related Humanities-based disciplines, such as Art History or Musicology), with preference for international students, participating in a study abroad program or independent research project. The scholarship amount is up to $1000; up to two scholarships will be awarded.

Arts & Sciences G. Michael Riley International Academic Fund
For more detailed information, see the College of Arts and Sciences.

The G. Michael Riley International Academic Fund provides a stipend of $1000 for graduate students in Humanities (or related Humanities-based disciplines, such as Art History or Musicology) who need to travel abroad for professional reasons.

Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship
For more detailed information, see the Graduate School.

The Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship (AGGRS) provides up to $2000 for dissertation research support to doctoral candidates without any other research support from their department or advisor. Other eligible candidates include those pursuing a comparable graduate degree requiring a thesis. Although eligibility is based on financial need, awards are based on merit.

All doctoral candidates who have passed the candidacy exam and whose dissertation project has been approved by their advisor are eligible to apply. MFA, MArch, MLarch, and MCRP candidates or MFA students candidates in a terminal degree program are also eligible to apply. Previous AGGRS or GSARA awardees are not eligible for a second award. The competition is held twice each year, during autumn and spring quarters.

CIC Traveling Scholars Program
For more detailed information, see the Graduate School.

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the consortium of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago, established the Traveling Scholar Program to increase the cooperative use of its member institutions' resources. The program enables doctoral students at any CIC university to take advantage of educational opportunities at any CIC university.

External

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
For more detailed information, see the Graduate School.

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program provides grants for graduate students to travel for specific research, study opportunities, or dissertation research in modern foreign languages and specific area studies that must be conducted in another country.

Fulbright U.S. Travel Awards (External award processed through OSU’s Graduate School)
For more detailed information, see the Graduate School.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards over 1,500 grants annually and operates in more than 140 countries.  Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships are available to over 50 countries.

Fulbright grants provide round-trip travel, a stipend for one academic year, and health and accident coverage. Full or partial tuition may be provided. Each country has its own requirements and considerations affecting eligibility (e.g., level of language proficiency, field of study restrictions, dependent support, etc.).

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program must be U.S. citizens and hold a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) and must not have completed a doctoral degree at the time of application.

Huntington Library Fellowships
For more detailed information, see the Huntington Library.

Please note that only some of the Huntington Library fellowships are available to graduate students.

The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine.  There are many areas of special strength, including: Middle Ages, Renaissance, 19th- and 20th-century literature, British drama, Colonial America, American Civil War, Western America, and California. 

The Huntington will award to scholars over one hundred fellowships for the academic year 2017-2018.  These fellowships derive from a variety of funding sources and have different terms.  Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at the Huntington and to participate in and make a contribution to its intellectual life.

Association for Institutional Research Dissertation Grant
For more detailed information, see the Association for Institutional Research.

AERA invites education-related dissertation proposals using NCES, NSF, and other federal data bases. Dissertation Grants are available for advanced doctoral students and are intended to support the student while writing the doctoral dissertation.

The Governing Board for the AERA Grants Program has established the following four strands of emphasis for proposals. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that:

  • develop or benefit from new quantitative measures or methodological approaches for addressing education issues
  • incorporate subject matter expertise, especially when studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning
  • analyze TIMSS, PISA, or other international data resources
  • include the integration and analysis of more than one data set

Awards for Dissertation Grants are up to $20,000 for 1-year projects. Grants are not renewable. In accordance with AERA's agreement with the funding agency, institutions may not charge indirect costs on these awards. Approximately 15 Dissertation Grants will be awarded per year. 

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
For further information about the Mellon Foundation’s various awards, see their website.

Various fellowships and grants are offered through this foundation, including the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, Dissertation Proposal Fellowships, and Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources.

ASECS/Folger Institute Fellowship
For more detailed information the Folger Institute.

This $2,000 award, funded jointly by the Folger Institute and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, is given annually to an ABD graduate student or a postdoctoral scholar conducting research in the period 1660 to 1815. ASECS/Folger Institute Fellowship recipients must be members in good standing of ASECS. Applications are reviewed at the September deadline as announced in the Institute's annual brochure. Preference is given to those candidates who are applying for a Folger Institute seminar, but the fellowship may also support independent research at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowships in the Humanities
For more detailed information, see the Harry Ransom Center.

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas offers dissertation fellowships with a $1500 stipend to doctoral students with an interest in its rare books, manuscripts, and special collections. Strengths include women's studies, American and British literature, and the history of the book.

Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowships
For more detailed information, see the Newberry Library.

The Newberry Library offers a number of short-term fellowships of up to $2000 per month to scholars interested in its collections. Many of these fellowships are open to Ph.D. candidates. Strengths include American history and culture, American Indian and indigenous studies, history of the book, and Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern studies.

New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowships
For more detailed information, see the NYPL.

The New York Public Library provides short-term research fellowships to scholars with a specific need for its collections. These fellowships are open to Ph.D. candidates.

Princeton Library Research Grants
For more detailed information, see the Friends of the Princeton Library.

The Friends of the Princeton Library award short-term research grants in order to facilitate scholars who have a special need for their collections. They are particularly interested in applications that make use of their unique and rare materials. The library's special strength's include children's literature, graphic arts, Medieval, Renaissance, and modern manuscripts, and Western Americana.

Everett Helm Visiting Fellowships, Lilly Library
For more detailed information, see the Lilly Library.

The rare books, manuscripts, and special collections library at the University of Indiana, the Lilly Library holds a bi-annual competition scholars interested in accessing their resources. Special strengths include British and American literature, children's literature, and Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. Each visiting fellow is awarded up to $1500. Ph.D. candidates are encouraged to apply. 

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