Funding for PhD Students
The Department offers financial support for graduate students through fellowships and assistantships awarded competitively. Funding is awarded after a candidate has been admitted. Returning students reapply each year in January, depending on the length of their initial appointment. Other forms of financial assistance, such as loans, are available through the University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid and other sources.
Graderships are generally allotted as quarter-time appointments (ten hours of work per week), grading papers and exams for one of a number of large undergraduate courses. A quarter-time or more appointment qualifies a grader for resident tuition.
Research assistantships are periodically available assisting a faculty member with research or working for one of the English Department's journals. A quarter-time or more appointment qualifies an RA for resident tuition.
An appointment to teach three courses for the academic year is referred to as a half-time teaching assistantship; two courses is a third-time assistantship. Teaching Assistants generally serve as instructors in their own courses in the Rhetoric Department or in the General Education in Literature Program. The Iowa Board of Regents mandates that all non-native speakers of English pass an oral fluency test before they are eligible to teach. A quarter-time or more appointment qualifies a TA for resident tuition.
Fellowships and awards for enrolled students
The English department encourages students to apply for internal and external fellowships to support their conference and research travel, as well as their work on their dissertations. These opportunities include the Post-Comprehensive, Ballard and Seashore, Cleary, and summer fellowships offered by the Graduate College and the Marcus Bach and Dissertation Writing Fellowships awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The English department also awards the Seely and Dietz dissertation-year fellowships as well as five departmental research support awards and the Best Essay Award. More details, rules for eligibility, and instructions for applying can be found in the Graduate College - Internal Fellowships and PhD Graduate Student Handbook.
Prospective students apply for funding as part of their application process, and returning students reapply each year in January. All students and applicants will be considered for all types of funding for which they are eligible. Occasionally, English students and prospective students apply for funding offered by other departments; such funding opportunities are generally posted on the Graduate Assistantship Bulletin Board, at http://www.grad.uiowa.edu/graduate-assistant-job-postings.
More information about financing a graduate education can be found on the Graduate College’s website, at http://www.grad.uiowa.edu/funding-your-education.
The English Department will fund student travel to conferences or research sites in the amount of $500 per trip, limited to one trip per fiscal year and limited to three trips total. Students are also eligible to apply for additional funds to cover expenses of traveling to the MLA conference for job interviews. For more information, see the PhD Graduate Student Handbook.