Financial Aid

Financial Aid for New Students

Qualified applicants to the MA, MFA, and PhD programs will be awarded Teaching Assistantships. All incoming and current students will be considered for every kind of available funding based on the evidence of achievement shown by the undergraduate (and graduate) record, the writing sample, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. First-year assistantships for MFA students and for PhD Students entering the program with a BA-degree only include mentorship in teaching composition and responsibility as an online writing coach. Pending satisfactory academic and teaching performance,assistantships are renewable for three years for MFA students, four years, for PhD students holding an MA degree when they enter and six years for PhD students holding a BA degree. The base nine-month stipend for PhD students is $17,000 and, for MFA students, $12,140. (Please note that MFA students receive a total funding package of approximately $18,000).

Annual increases for stipends are negotiated by the Graduate Assistants United (UFF/NEA), the graduate students’ union. Tuition waivers are normally provided for Assistantships. Assistants without prior teaching experience must take the Theories and Practices of Writing (3 hours) during their first year and receive a grade of “B” or better. At the present time, a substantial number of Teaching Assistants receive, as well, competetively awarded summer Teaching Assistantships: one six-week course during the summer term at an additional stipend of at least $3,100.

The Department of English has a limited number of three-year Grinter Fellowships (usually $2,000–$4,000 per year) with which to supplement awards to outstanding doctoral candidates.

Incoming students working in American literature and/or creative writing are eligible for the Baskin-Rawlings Fellowship ($1,000–$4,000 for one, two, or three years, renewable subject to terms of appointment and review of satisfactory progress).

The most highly qualified new students in Victorian studies or studies in oral narrative folklore (including cultural studies) are eligible for the Kirkland Fellowships (for MA: $5,000 each year for two years plus, if desired, assistantship with tuition waiver during those two years; for PhD: $17,500 all four academic years, with teaching assistantship in years 1-3 and no teaching in year 4 (tuition waivers throughout).

Incoming students in the MA program are eligible for the T. Walter Herbert Fellowship (a one-time annual award of $1,000).

Incoming female students of the MFA program are eligible for the Rebecca Elizabeth Porter Creative Writing Fellowship (a one-time annual award of $1000).

The Department also nominates new and current students for available fellowships from UF and the College of Liberal Arts.

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
The Office of Graduate Minority Programs, in partnership with the Florida Education Fund, administers the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship for African-American and Hispanic students. We encourage eligible applicants to apply. (The stipend listed is a minimum amount).

Financial Aid for Current Students

Current graduate students are encouraged to explore fellowship opportunities available to them both within and outside the university. In addition to the funding sources noted below, predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowship information is available in the Career Resources section of the Library in Turlington 4012A.


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