Graduate Scholarships

The English Department offers three major scholarships for all graduate students, as well as a number of MFA fellowships.  

Nixon, Sauve, and Hogue scholarships are awarded by the English Department’s Scholarships Committee. MFA fellowships are awarded by the MFA Committee. Decisions on most scholarships and fellowships are made by April of each year.

Please note that the Student Financial Aid Office requires that graduate students, to receive any financial support, must enroll for at least nine credits.

Hogue Family Centennial Scholarship

  • Awarded to entering English graduate students “who demonstrate literary talent and creativity, with preference being given to students who show the potential to succeed as professional writers, journalists, etc., after graduation.” 
  • $1,500 - $3,000, depending on year.
  • No application. 

Grace V. Nixon Graduate Scholarship

  • Open to English graduate students who intend to teach English.
  • $1,000 - $2,500, depending on year.
  • First-year recipients need a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5 in their last two years of undergraduate study, or other evidence of superior preparation and ability. Second and third-year applicants must have completed at least 15 credits of course work toward a degree with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5. 
  • Students must apply each year.  
  • See graduate scholarship application form for details. 

Estelle Sauve Scholarship

  • Open to all English graduate students, though preference is given to those entering their second year of study.
  • $600 - $3,500, depending on need.
  • Based on need as well as merit.
  • Students must have a processed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the UI Financial Aid Office. For priority consideration, please have this done by January 16.  Visit FAFSA to  complete the form online.
  • Students must apply each year. 
  • See graduate scholarship application form for details.

Graduate and Professional Student Association Travel Awards

  • Available to any graduate student traveling for professional purposes.
  • Up to $900 for international travel.
  • Up to $700 for US travel.
  • Up to $350 for regional travel (WA, ID and OR).
  • See GPSA Awards for more details.

The Hemingway Fellowship 

  • Awarded to the MFA program’s top third-year fiction writer. Offers fellow substantial time to writing a book-length work of fiction.
    • TA teaching load reduced to single short story course - two course excusal.
    • Private office.
    • Funded travel to PEN-Hemingway awards in Boston.
    • One-week writing retreat at PCEI's Artist's Cabin.
    • $1,000 stipend to use for office equipment, travel, or other writing expenses.
    • Fellows must be in-residence.
    • The English Dept reserves the right to not award a fellowship should the caliber of writing not meet the Fellowship's high expectations.  
    • See MFA fellowships application form for details.

Centrum Fellowship   

Writing in the Wild Fellowship


To apply or renew, submit the Graduate Scholarship Application Form along with supplemental materials to:

          (Director's name) or (MFA Coordinator)
          Department of English - University of Idaho
          P.O. Box 441102
          Moscow, ID  83844-1102                         

The program directors are:

          Master of Arts

            David Sigler (; 208-885-7657)
          Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

            Steve Chandler (;  208-885-6918)
          Master of Arts in Teaching

            Gary Williams (; 208-885-6156)
          Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
            Doug Heckman (; 208-885-9035)