Funding, Scholarships, and Awards
Departmental Scholarships and Fellowships
In addition to GA- and TA-ship funding, the U of M English Department offers numerous other opportunities for recognition and reward.
William and Martha Donigan Graduate Scholarship
This award is for a graduate student who is currently funded through a scholarship or an assistantship, either through the Department of English or an outside source. Application/CV submitted through Tiger Scholarship Manager. Please submit a writing sample, statement, and two letters of recommendation to the English Graduate Office, 461 Patterson Hall.
2016 award winner: Errol Rivers
Ruth and Henry Loeb Scharff Scholarship
This award is for a graduate student in the MFA or PhD programs with a 3.25 GPA. Application/CV submitted through Tiger Scholarship Manager. Please submit a writing sample, statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation to the English Graduate Office, 461 Patterson Hall.
2016 award winners: Elizabeth Baddour, Breanne Hager, Derek Moseley, Asifa Qasim, Abby Smith, and Kendra Vanderlip
Outstanding Graduate Award
This award is open to all graduate students. Students are asked to submit a writing sample of no more than 15 pages, a cover letter stating current degree and academic goals, unofficial transcripts, and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member. All materials should be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office, Patterson 461.
2016 award winner: Cheryl Smart
Graduate Research Award
This award is for a graduate student in either the MFA or PhD program with at least
a 3.25 GPA on all graduate work undertaken at the University of Memphis and no "D"
or "F" in graduate courses in the Department of English. Eligible students must have
satisfied all requirements for the degree, except the dissertation or thesis. Students
must have had their dissertation or thesis proposal approved by their chair and committee.
Students are asked to submit a writing sample of no more than 15 pages, a cover letter
stating current degree and academic goals, unofficial transcripts, and one letter
of recommendation by their dissertation or thesis director indicating that the student
is progressing so as to complete and successfully defend the dissertation or thesis
no later than the following fall or spring semester (whichever semester in which the
student plans to accept the award). All materials should be submitted to the Graduate
Studies Office, Patterson 461.
Upon receipt of the award, recipients must give the Director of Graduate Studies an outline of expected results and a written progress report mid-semester in the semester they are receiving the award. Students will not be allowed to hold both a graduate research award and a teaching assistantship. Award recipients who fail to complete their degree by the end of the award semester will not be eligible for further departmental awards or assistantships.
2016 award winners: Jamie Brummer and Andy Ross
These awards are given to an outstanding graduate student from each concentration. Students are asked to submit blind copies of writing samples for the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry awards to the concentration administrator (Prof. Holladay, Prof. Livingston, and Prof. Boada, respectively). Writing samples for creative nonfiction and fiction should be approximately 15 pages and samples for poetry should include up to 4 poems. Be sure to include a cover letter with your name and title of your work. Students may enter in any genre. However, students who have previously won in a category are not eligible to submit to that category again but may submit to other categories.
2016 Creative Writing Concentration Awards:
Fiction: Jonathan Vowell
Fiction Honorable Mention: Andy Ross
Creative Non-Fiction: Kendra Vanderlip
Creative Non-Fiction Honorable Mention: Severin Allgood and Amanda Muir
Poetry: Jeremy Scherer
Poetry Honorable Mention: Lincoln Coffman
Service Award: Derek Moseley and Kendra Vanderlip
First Generation Fellowship
The funds for the First Generation Fellowship Program are made available to The University of Memphis by the State of Tennessee. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide financial assistance to MFA and PhD students who are underrepresented in their respective disciplines and who will become the first person in their immediate families to earn a doctoral degree. Visit the Graduate School website to learn more about the First Generation Fellowship and to apply.
Part-Time Masters Fellowship
This fellowship is awarded to incoming master's students who will be taking 3-8 credit hours each semester during their first year. Students must be fully admitted to a program by February 20 and not have been previously enrolled in that academic discipline. Visit the Graduate School website to learn more about the fellowship and how to apply.
The U of M Magazine 2500-word $250 Short Story Contest
Each fall and spring, MFA students are invited to submit their 2500-word stories to The U of M Magazine, a twice-yearly publication for alumni, employees, and friends of the University with a circulation of 130,000. Winning stories are published in the magazine and illustrated by a U of M art student. The author is profiled and receives a $250 honorarium.
Check out past winners--and our University--here:
- Anthony Larry's "I Heard Her At the Dollar Store" (p. 36)
- Devan Del Conte's "Dust" (p. 36)
- Andy Ross's "Raising Ray" (p. 38)
- Eric McQuade's "Whoa Broke" (p. 38)
(This issue also features a profile of Creative Writing Profs, Cary Holladay and John Bensko p. 6.)
- Kat Moore's "Kissing River Phoenix" (p.39)