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Department Fellowships and Teaching Awards

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Fellowships for Research, Conference Travel, and Continued Support

Opler-Doubrava Fifth-Year Fellowships*

These fellowships are available to PhD candidates in the English Department entering their fifth year who continue to hold a TAship.

The Marilyn Doubrava Endowment was established by Sterling M. and Kathryn L. Doubrava as a memorial to their daughter. The Opler Scholarship Fund is generously supported by Morris E. Opler and Lucille R. Opler.

The fellowship offers continuing support (that is, this is not a dissertation completion fellowship). All TAs in year four are eligible to apply.

Application Deadline:  Late March. For application material, click here.

Riverrun Research Fellowships*

These fellowships are available to MA or PhD students in English applying to travel to work at an archive, museum, or library outside of Buffalo for research related to any academic project. These awards are made possible through the generosity of the riverrun Foundation.

The two winners will be invited to give a public lecture to people from the University and the community a year from this fall.  Previous winners may not apply again.

Application deadline: Early October. For application material, click here.

The Canadian-American Studies Grant Competition

Awarded by the Canadian-American Studies Committee at UB, and intended for projects that foster and promote greater understanding and awareness at UB of relations between Canada and the United States. These grants are made possible with the assistance of the Government of Canada and the College of Arts and Sciences at UB. Priority will be given to proposals that do not exceed $800. Applications are due mid November. For more information, see

English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) Conference Travel Grants

Each year, the English Graduate Student Association is able to offer travel grants in the amount of approximately $50 per student per semester. The President of EGSA will send out an email to all graduate students about this fund. For any further information that you need on the application process, contact the President of the EGSA.

The Mark Diamond Research Fund (MDRF)

gives grants to graduate students for research expenses related to their MA thesis or PhD dissertation. PhD students may apply for up to $2,000 and Master’s students for up to $1000. The MDRF grant is only for University at Buffalo graduate students who have not waived the student activity fee. Applicants should be in the latter stages of research for the project for which they are applying. For Application Instructions, Application and Deadlines:

Graduate Student Association (GSA) Conference Fund

The UB Graduate Student Association makes limited funds available to assist graduate students in presenting and attending research work at conferences; each student is eligible to receive a total maximum of $300 to $500 throughout their graduate career. PhD students can receive up to $500 toward conferences and Masters students up to $300. If you are a PhD student who received an MA at UB, you are only eligible for an additional $200. Students who are attending a conference, but not presenting, are eligible for $150, but can only request this amount once per year. For Application Instructions, Application and Deadlines:

Graduate Office travel grants for conferences and research

Each year, the graduate office in the Department of English is able to offer fifteen travel fellowships in the amount of $200 to help defray costs of MA or PhD students attending a conference or doing archival research. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. For application form see Joyce Troy in the graduate office.

Folger Institute Grants-In-Aid

UB graduate students are eligible for Folger grants-in-aid financial stipends that enable students to take Folger Institute seminars (full seminars qualify for graduate credit by petition to the DGS) and other programs, including intensive weekend workshops and seminars, and conferences. Applications, which are submitted electronically, consist of a brief CV, a Statement of Research Plans focused on the particular program, a budget, and two academic letters of recommendation, and are reviewed by the SUNY at Buffalo representative before being judged by the Institute Applications Committee.   For more information, including this year’s programs, see or contact English Department Professor Barbara Bono (, UB's  representative to the Institute.

Dickens Universe Departmental Travel Funds

UB graduate students in English are eligible to apply for department funds to help cover transportation and housing costs. Applications consist of a c.v. and a brief letter outlining how participation in the Universe will assist the student’s academic career. All are welcome to apply, although preference will be given to students with a demonstrated interest in Victorian studies. For more information, see or contact Prof. Rachel Ablow <>.

Dissertation Fellowships

Dissertation Completion Fellowships*

The Louis & Joan Slovinsky Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the Robert and Carol Morris Dissertation Completion Fellowship offer awards of $10,000 each for PhD candidates in English within a year of finishing their dissertation.

These awards have been made possible through generous donations by Louis and Joan Slovinsky and Carol and Bob Morris.

Deadline: Mid March.  For application material, click here.

Gender Institute Dissertation Fellowships

The Gender Institute at UB has established PhD dissertation fellowships for those working in the area of gender and sexuality studies.

Each year, fellowship information will be posted at You may also contact the Institute Director with questions.

UB Humanities Institute Advanced PhD Fellowship

Available to PhD candidates who have exhausted TA support from the home department and will reside in Western New York during the fellowship year.

While application information is available on the Humanities Institute website, you will need to submit your complete application (in a single file, as required by HI) to the Director of Graduate Studies ( by mid March. If you are officially nominated by the department, your application will be due to the Humanities Institute on the deadline listed on their website.

The English Department may nominate two applicants each year.

Ruth and Isadore Bob Young Dissertation Fellowship

Awarded to PhD students by the Institute of Jewish Heritage and Thought. For information about applying, including deadlines, contact the Institute at

External Dissertation Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Short and long term (as well as postdoctoral) research fellowships are available from a number of research institutions and granting agencies. In addition to browsing fellowship information in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the MLA “Professional Resources” (online), and the PMLA, explore the following options:

Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship

For PhD students who will complete their degree this year—or who have recently completed it—consider applying for this 1-3 year postdoctoral fellowship, awarded by the Department of Writing and Communication at Georgia Institute of Technology. We single out this fellowship because of the sheer number of UB PhD’s who have been awarded it over the years. For more information, contact Barbara Bono of Alex Reid.

Applications are due early January. For more information, see

Teaching Awards and Opportunities

One-Semester Literature Teaching Opportunity

Fellowships for teaching literature and creative writing courses awarded to PhD students with TAships who are going into year 5 of teaching. Unfunded international students without TAships are also eligible for these courses if they have completed their oral exams, passed the SPEAK test with a score of 55+, and fulfilled other requirements described in the Graduate Studies Handbook. Applications should be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Randy Schiff ( Deadline: early October.

Riverrun Teaching Award*

Awarded to the best syllabus for a literature course submitted to the Literature/Summer Course Committee, made possibly through the generosity of the Riverrun Foundation.

Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Awards

Information on this award is available through the Graduate School website. With questions, contact Doug Basford, Assistant Director of Composition (

Annual Composition Syllabus Prize

Information on this award is available through the Composition Website.