Opportunities for Current Graduate Students
Applications Deadline: See Awards Grid
Available Awards Grid (downloadable pdf)
Cover Sheet (downloadable pdf)
Graduate Award and Scholarship Descriptions
The Paul L. and Carolyn Errington Award is presented annually to a graduate student in English who demonstrates excellence in environmental literary criticism. This award honors Paul L. and Carolyn Errington for the many contributions they made to the advancement of the environmental humanities. The amount of this award is $300.
To apply, provide an expository essay originally written for an ISU graduate English course. The essay should be a work of—or on a subject directly related to—environmental literary criticism. The selection of a recipient will be made by a committee of faculty members from the Department of English and will be based upon the clarity and effectiveness of the submitted essay. Submissions must be typed, double-spaced, and no longer than 30 pages, with a recommended length of 12–20 pages.
The Aubrey Galyon Scholarship is given annually to an ISU student completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the year of application and commencing work at an accredited institution toward a Ph.D. in literature, linguistics, or rhetoric. This award ($1000) will go to a student whose academic record demonstrates the excellence necessary for doctoral study; strong preference will be given to students showing potential for original theoretical work in their chosen fields. When other factors seem equal, the financial need of applicants will be considered.
To apply, provide an essay (300–500 words) explaining why you intend to pursue doctoral studies in literature, linguistics, or rhetoric. If applicable, also include a brief statement (150–200 words) of financial need. The recipient of the award will be chosen by a committee of faculty members representing the linguistics program and the departments of English and WLC (World Languages & Cultures).
One or more Pearl Hogrefe Grants in Creative Writing of $1,000 will be awarded during the spring semester to graduate students who show extraordinary promise in creative writing. These awards are open to all graduate students at Iowa State and will be given on the basis of a qualitative evaluation of competitive entries. Current Hogrefe Fellows are not eligible to apply.
In addition, one or more Pearl Hogrefe Grant Recognition Awards of $500 will also be given.
Original fiction, poetry, drama, and imaginative nonfiction may be submitted by their authors for the award competition. Several recent pieces showing range, development, and promise usually make a stronger submission by an applicant than does a single outstanding piece. Judges for the competition will be the members of the Pearl Hogrefe Fund Advisory Committee and the Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program.
All entries should be typewritten, should not exceed twenty-five pages, and should be submitted in a large manila envelope. Do not put your name on your submitted work.
The Quentin G. Johnson Award is given annually in honor of Professor Johnson’s commitment to the teaching of linguistics. The award is made to a student (undergraduate or graduate) who has a strong academic record and who shows promise in the study of linguistics.
To apply, provide all three of the following: (1) an expository essay written for an ISU linguistics course, (2) a separate essay explaining your interest in linguistics and the role your linguistics work is likely to play in your career, and (3) a brief (150–200 word) statement of financial need. The selection of a recipient will be made by a committee of linguistics faculty members from the Department of English and will be based on the clarity and effectiveness of the submitted essay as well as the evidence of aptitude in and commitment to the study of linguistics. In addition, some preference may be given to applicants with a demonstrated financial need.
The W. Paul Jones Scholarship is given to a doctoral student in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication Program in recognition of scholarly excellence. The award honors Professor Jones’ dedication to the teaching of writing and to the use of clear and precise language in imparting technical and scientific information.
Applicants must submit a scholarly paper written after admission to the ISU Ph.D. Program in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. This work may be a seminar paper written for an ISU graduate course, a conference paper, or a paper prepared for publication, as long as its subject is rhetoric or professional communication. The applicant must have been a full-time ISU graduate student for at least one semester during the current academic year and must not have completed the preliminary doctoral examination at the time of application.
The award recipient will be selected by a committee of graduate faculty members from the Department of English, and the decision will be based solely upon the scholarly merit of the submitted work.
The Albert L. Walker Excellence in English Award is given annually to undergraduate and graduate students with demonstrated ability in the study of literature. In honor of Professor Walker, former chair of the Department of English, three awards of $300 each will be awarded, one to an undergraduate English major, one to an undergraduate majoring in a subject other than English, and one to a graduate student (any major) who has taken at least one graduate course in literature at ISU.
To apply, provide an essay of no more than 500 words, explain the way that a text of your choosing illustrates what you have found to be interesting or satisfying about your study of literature. If you are an undergraduate, provide a copy of your most recent degree audit. The selection of a recipient will be made by the members of the Walker Award Committee and will be based upon the clarity and effectiveness of the submitted essay and upon academic achievement and performance in the study of literature.
The Richard Wright Award is given annually to a graduate student with demonstrated ability in expository writing. In honor of Professor Wright’s commitment to the teaching of writing, especially technical and scientific writing, this award will go to a student whose academic career shows promise in business/technical communication or rhetoric/composition.
To apply, provide an expository essay written for an ISU graduate English course. Also include a brief (150–200 word) statement of financial need. The selection of a recipient will be made by a committee of faculty members from the Department of English and will be based upon the clarity and effectiveness of the submitted essay. In addition, some preference may be given to applicants with a demonstrated financial need.
The Outstanding Service by a Graduate Student award recognizes the contributions of students who show a pattern of service throughout their degree programs at Iowa State University. The award is intended to recognize those students who volunteer consistently and engage in a range of service opportunities at the program, department, college, university, and/or professional level. Recipients are awarded $100 and an honor cord to be worn at the graduation ceremony. Students are nominated for these awards by their area faculty during the semester in which they graduate (summer graduates should be nominated in the prior spring semester).
Full award details: Call for Nominations
Fall 2019 nominations due Monday, December 2, 2019.
Nominations should be submitted via the online Nomination Form – Outstanding Service by a Graduate Student
Graduate Student Leadership Award
The Graduate Student Leadership award recognizes graduate students who have taken on leadership roles in the program, department, college, university, and/or profession, and who have actively encouraged, advised, and mentored other students as they entered leadership roles. Recipients are awarded $100 and an honor cord to be worn at the graduation ceremony. Students are nominated for these awards by their area faculty during the semester in which they graduate (summer graduates should be nominated in the prior spring semester).
Full award details: Call for Nominations
Fall 2019 nominations due Monday, December 2, 2019.
Nominations should be submitted via the online Nomination Form – Graduate Student Leadership Award
Graduate Student Research Grant Program
The English Department Graduate Student Research Grant supports graduate student research by providing funding for research projects or creative activity which require substantial resources to carry out. The grant is a competitive funding opportunity requiring a well-developed grant proposal written for a cross-disciplinary audience. Funding may be used for costs associated with the research process. The funding may be used for dissertation/thesis projects as well as other projects with the potential to lead to peer-reviewed publication or creative activity. To be eligible, students must participate in a grant writing workshop (offered through Grad Connections, the Graduate College and the Center for Communication Excellence, or similar) to develop a research grant proposal. Grants up to $2,000 per project may be requested.
See the full Call for Proposals for details: Call for Proposals
Proposals for the 2019-2020 academic year are due Monday, December 2, 2019.
Proposals should be submitted via the online submission form.
Graduate College Professional and Travel Awards
Professional Advancement Grants (PAG)
Professional Advancement Grants (PAG) are provided to graduate and professional students by the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) to help defray expenses related to professional meeting and conference travel. The amount of a PAG award for the 2019-2020 fiscal year shall be $200. Please see the full award description, deadline, and application process on the Graduate College Website.
Awards are offered each semester and summer session to recognize students for outstanding research or creativity as seen in their theses and dissertations. These students are also expected to be academically superior and able to not only do research, but develop a well-written product.
Awards are offered each semester to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement by graduate students in teaching.
Additional Graduate College Awards: https://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/academics/awards/