Scholarships & Awards

Graduate

Due to the generosity of various donors, each year the University of South Florida Department of English makes available a number of scholarships and awards to recognize outstanding teaching and scholarly work among our graduate students. Recipients are recognized at the annual department Scholarships & Awards Ceremony near the end of the spring term.

Eligibility

Following the wishes of our generous donors, the awards listed below are restricted to graduate students in English on the Tampa campus. In order to receive the monetary award accompanying a scholarship, a student must have a FAFSA on file and must show unmet financial need for the next academic term (see “distribution of awards,” below). Any student selected for a scholarship who does not satisfy the requirements to receive financial aid may accept the honor of the award (listing it on their CV) while declining the scholarship money.

Deadlines

The deadline for applications for the 2021/22 academic year will be posted shortly.

Distribution of Awards

Scholarships (which are not taxable) will be disbursed as part of the winners’ financial aid packages by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Therefore, in order to receive these monetary awards, recipients must have a completed FAFSA on file and be eligible to receive financial aid (have unmet financial need). Students graduating at the end of the current academic year may not receive scholarship funds. For continuing students scholarships will be applied to your account in summer 2021, fall 2021, or spring 2022.

Possible scholarships & awards include the following:

Teaching Scholarships & Awards

Award Eligibility

Joseph Bentley Teaching Scholarship

Teacher of any English course(s) at USF or through USF program within academic year selected

Estelle J. Zbar Scholarship for Teaching & Academic Excellence in English

Master's students only: teacher of freshman composition within academic year selected

Excellence in Teaching Award

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Criteria for Teaching Awards (not in order of priority):

  • Effectiveness of classroom presentation
  • Rapport & interaction with students in the classroom
  • Depth of knowledge of subject matter
  • Quality of response to student assignments and exams
  • Quality of assignments and rigor of grading standards
  • A minimum of 33% return on student evaluations 

Scholarship & Overall Performance Scholarships & Awards

Award Eligibility

Irving H. Rubin and Mollie M. Rubin Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Student

Master's or doctoral students areas of consideration (not all required and not in priority order):

  • Overall GPA
  • Scholarly production (papers, conference presentations, etc.)
  • Service to department (not necessarily teaching)
  • Service to the profession

Alice Hearne Scholarship for Outstanding Doctoral Candidate

Doctoral candidates with approved prospectus (not in priority order)

  • Performance on the PhD qualifying exam
  • Doctoral GPA
  • Scholarly production
  • Quality of dissertation prospectus

Carolyn L. Cooley Graduate Scholarship in American Literature

 

Doctoral students; literature track only

  1. Prospectus if available
  2. One writing sample (in addition to prospectus)
  3. Scholarly record (GPA, publications, conference papers)

Jack B. Moore Memorial Scholarship

 
  • Master's or doctoral students
  • For work in American literature, with emphasis on American culture (published or unpublished)

Irving Deer Memorial Scholarship

 
  • Master's or doctoral students
  • Literature track only
  • For theoretically-oriented work in literary and cultural studies (published or unpublished)

John and Dorothy Iorio Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Student

 
  • Master's or doctoral students
  • Literature track only
  • Outstanding academic record

Harry and Julian Newman Archival Research Scholarship*

  • Doctoral candidates with prospectus
  • Research requiring travel to archives
  • Strong preference to students working in British literature
  • Quality of research proposal

* Note that The Harry and Julian Newman Archival Research Award requires a separate application.


Nomination and Submission Process

Scholarships (which are not taxable) will be disbursed as part of the winners’ financial aid packages by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Therefore, in order to receive these monetary awards, recipients must have a completed FAFSA on file and be eligible for financial aid. Students graduating at the end of the current academic year may not receive scholarship funds. For continuing students scholarships will be applied to your account in summer 2020, fall 2020, or spring 2021.

All students who are nominated and wish to be considered for a scholarship or award must e-mail a PDF portfolio to the graduate program specialist by 4pm on the deadline. Portfolios received after the deadline will not be considered.

The requirements for the portfolio are as follows:

  • Submit all portfolio documents in ONE pdf file with the documents in the order designated below.
  • E-mail your PDF portfolio to the graduate program specialist.
  • Mark documents clearly in the following order:
All nominees:

1) Submission cover sheet

2) Curriculum vitae—must use format of sample vitae; list accomplishments in chronological order with most recent first

For teaching award nominees:

3) Teaching statement (2-page maximum) to include (a) description of teaching philosophy and methods, and (b) self-evaluation of teaching strengths and weaknesses

4) List of all courses taught at USF (1-2 pages) with terms, years, and enrollment numbers of students

5) Two-three sample syllabi (aside from the standard first-year composition course syllabus; you may include self-authored syllabi)

6) Student evaluations** from the immediate last 2 semesters (fall and spring; or if that is not available, the most recent 2 semesters); include numeric evaluations and student comments for all courses taught in those past 2 semesters

7) Print-out of your Canvas final grade submissions for the courses you taught in the past 2 semesters

8) Report/s of teaching mentors/class visitations (2-3; helpful if these reports correspond to the teaching evaluations)

** Submit a copy request to the department specifying which courses and which semesters you need, and the copies will be placed in your mailbox.

For research scholarship nominees:

9) Writing sample: 1 single-authored sample of approximately 25 pages. A sample may include a published article, submitted article under review, work in progress, conference paper, course research paper (with a works cited), or thesis/dissertation chapter; published book reviews and published notes may be considered

10) Dissertation prospectus approved by nominee's dissertation committee (required for Hearne Award; possible for Cooley Award)

* Note that The Harry and Julian Newman Archival Research Award requires a separate application.