Literature Department Financial Support

Upon acceptance into the UCSC graduate program in literature for the doctoral track, each student is typically made a multi-year offer for funding and support which includes some combination of teaching assistantship work/graduate research assistant work, and/or some kind of fellowship funding such as the Regents awards or the various "super," "global" and "diversity" fellowships that befit international students and/ or students with distinctive achievements, resources, and accomplishments. In addition to teaching appointments, the department and the Division of Graduate Studies have other funding opportunities for continuing graduate students. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Doctoral Student Sabbatical Fellowship: Any graduate student in good academic standing, having served as a Teaching Assistant or Associate-In for at least six of the previous nine quarters may apply for this fellowship which provides the equivalent of a TAship and pays all fees for that quarter.
  • T.A. Training Position: Advanced to Candidacy students may apply to hold the position of T.A. Trainer for the Literature Department. A call for applications goes out fall quarter for appointment the following fall. This position provides the equivalent of a TAship in salary.
  • Research and Travel Awards: All graduate students are eligible. When selected to give a presentation at a conference, or obtaining an opportunity to do research, students may apply for a Research and Travel award.
  • Dissertation Fellowships: Funds permitting, the department sends a call out to all advanced to candidacy students to apply for 1 quarter dissertation fellowships.
  • President's Dissertation Fellowship: The Division of Graduate Studies sends out a call for nominations for a full-year fellowship to advanced graduate students annually.
  • The Humanities Institute: The Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) offers 1-quarter dissertation fellowships on a competitive basis. A call goes out annually for the following year. The IHR also offers modest research and travel grants to graduate students. Visit the THI website for more information.
  • Feminist Studies Partial Dissertation Fellowships: The Feminist Studies department offers one-quarter partial dissertation fellowships to graduate students who have applied for a designated emphasis in Feminist Studies. The host department must agree to contribute half of the fellowship amount.
  • The Anne and Jim Bay Fellowship: Substantial stipend that is usually disbursed as a form of summer support, is awarded annually to a UCSC doctoral student working on Victorian or nineteenth-century British Literature.  

External fellowship and/or teaching opportunities are forwarded to students via email on a regular basis. Students may apply to teach their own courses in Summer Session and, funds permitting, in the department once they have advanced to candidacy.