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Department of English
University of Mississippi

Graduate Student Fellowships, Funding, and Financial Aid

All students admitted to the PhD, MA, and MFA programs will receive a teaching assistantship which includes full tuition remission, subsidized health insurance, and a base stipend to defray living expenses. In addition to this funding package, the following additional funding opportunities are also available.

Departmental Awards:

The Colby Kullman Fellowship offers an additional $3,750/yr for a term of 5 years to particularly strong Ph.D. applicants.

The Harold J. Kendis, Ph.D. Fellowship offers an additional $4,250/yr for a term of 5 years. One Kendis Fellowship is reserved for a Ph.D. applicant who wishes to specialize in Medieval Studies.

McCool Fellowship in Faulkner Studies. Thanks to Leighton and Campbell McCool, the Department of English offers a McCool Dissertation Fellowship for a Ph.D. student writing a dissertation on Faulkner. The prestigious year-long fellowship offers a stipend plus tuition remission.

Departmental Nonteaching Dissertation Fellowships are designed to exempt graduate students from normal teaching duties in order to speed the completion and defense of their dissertations. A one-year fellowship of $11,500 is offered by the English department to a student in his/her final year of funding.

Summer Teaching provides an source of supplemental income. There are limited opportunities for summer teaching, so not all requests can be honored every year. To request summer teaching, fill out and submit the form available here.

Graduate School Awards:

More information on Graduate School fellowships and financial aid in general can be found here:

Honors Fellowships supported by the Graduate School provide additional funding to select students ranging from $2,000/yr to $4,000/yr, typically for a term of 4 years.

The University of Mississippi Recruiting Fellowship and Scholarship Program administered by the Graduate School provides additional funding to selected students who demonstrate superior academic achievement and/or who will add diversity to the classroom and to their academic field of study. Packages provide $3,000/yr for 4 years to PhD and MFA students, or $2,000/yr for 2 years to MA students. See the program description on the

Graduate School Financial Aid Information page for further details:

The UM Institutional SREB Doctoral Fellowship Program provides an additional $6,000/yr for up to 3 years to selected PhD students from an underrepresented group in academia who plan to pursue a faculty position upon graduation. Awardees will also attend an annual conference each fall that is designed to provide mentoring and networking opportunities to minority PhDs, and will receive a $1500 travel grant to cover costs. See the program description on the Graduate School Financial Aid Information page for further details:

Summer Graduate Research Assistantships: provide $3,000 for selected PhD and MFA students to pursue research during the summer.

Graduate School Dissertation Fellowships awarded by the Graduate School provide one-semester nonteaching dissertation fellowships of $6,000.

Travel Grants provided by the graduate school provide up to $300 to enable graduate students to present original research at professional conferences. The English Department also keeps a limited budget to support graduate student travel to conferences and research collections. In recent years graduate students have attended national conferences and pursued individual research as far afield as Wales and Vietnam. For more information see For information on securing a matching grant from the English Department, contact April Wootten.