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English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156

Fax: 208-885-5944

Email: englishdept@uidaho.edu

Web: English

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Teaching Assistantships and Other Funding

The University of Idaho offers more than $25 million in scholarship awards annually, and the majority of these scholarships do not require separate applications. Students are automatically considered once they apply for admission. These scholarships are awarded based on merit, financial need, outstanding achievement in specialized field, or any combination of these criteria.

In addition, the Department of English offers teaching assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and awards administered through our department’s generous endowments to help you fund your graduate education.


Teaching Assistantships

Approximately 60 percent of our graduate students are offered teaching assistantships. TA’s receive in-state fee waivers, teach a 2-1 course load, and receive substantial instructional support from our director of Writing and staff.

You will not need to submit anything to be considered for a teaching assistantship other than your graduate application materials. Students who are awarded a teaching assistantship will be considered for the next assistantship year provided they have demonstrated satisfactory progress toward completing their degree and a strong performance in their teaching.

All Teaching Assistants (TA's) are considered in-state students and are exempt from out-of-state tuition. TA's are responsible for payment of in-state fees, but the department is able to award some in-state fee waivers. Teaching Assistants are given a stipend of $13,200 per year.

TA's are assigned to teach three sections of introductory composition courses per year (two sections one semester and one the other) under the supervision of the director of Writing. TA's usually take 18 credits of course work during the academic year and may also be expected to perform such duties as proctoring examinations and reading diagnostic or exit essays.

Students who are appointed as TA's must attend a one-week pre-semester workshop. In addition to the workshop, TA's must complete English 505: Composition Pedagogy and Practice during their first year, and English 506, Rhetoric and Composition: History, Theory and Research is recommended.

Scholarships

The English Department offers three major scholarships for graduate students. Decisions on most scholarships are made by April of each year. To be eligible for scholarship support, graduate students must enroll for at least nine credits.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

M.F.A. Creative Writing Fellowships

We also offer three outstanding fellowships to support qualified MFA graduate students pursuing degrees our program. To apply for a fellowship, complete the MFA fellowship application. Applications are accepted each year. The deadline is March 21.

Awarded to an outstanding third-year fiction writer from our M.F.A. program. The fellowship provides substantial time to support writing a book-length work of fiction. Applications are accepted each year. The deadline is March 21.

TA Fellow

  • Teaching load: one ENGL 292 course
  • Two course excusal
  • Private office
  • Optional one-week retreat at PCEI's Artist's Cabin

Non-TA Fellow

  • $10,000 award
  • Private office
  • Optional one-week retreat at PCEI's Artist's Cabin

The Award: The selected fellow attends the summer Port Townsend Writers' Conference free of charge and has no duties, obligations or responsibilities other than to attend one of the conference faculty's workshops and whatever other events he/she chooses. The cost of the conference, which includes tuition, lodging and meals, is covered by the scholarship. Travel to and from Port Townsend is not covered (but a student may request travel funds from the university, GSPA, department or program).  

Application Process: The scholarship is open to all MFA candidates, all genres. If you would like to be considered for a summer 2016 Centrum Fellowship, please email a short paragraph requesting consideration to Professor Daniel Orozco : danielo@uidaho.edu  

Applications are accepted each year. The deadline is March 21.  

For more information, please visit: http://centrum.org/the-port-townsend-writers-conference

This fellowship gives two MFA students per year the opportunity to work in Idaho’s world famous wilderness areas. The fellowship fully supports a week at either the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), which borders Payette Lake and Ponderosa State Park, or the Taylor Wilderness Research Station, which lies in the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Both campuses offer year-round housing.

The writing retreats will allow students to concentrate solely on their fiction, nonfiction or poetry. Because both locations often house researchers, writers will also have the opportunity to collaborate with foresters, geologists, biologists and other scientists. Students visiting MOSS or Taylor Ranch will find expansive reaches of space to engage with rivers, lakes and forests. Applications are accepted each year. The deadline is March 21.

English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156

Fax: 208-885-5944

Email: englishdept@uidaho.edu

Web: English

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