Scholarships & Awards


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.


Following the wishes of our generous donors, the scholarships listed below are restricted to students whose home campus is designated as the USF Tampa campus. Please note that these awards are scholarships, awarded on the basis of merit and intended to support study at USF in the next academic year. Students with Financial Aid restrictions may not be eligible to receive scholarship funds.


Monday, 31 January 2022

Distribution of Awards

The scholarships listed below are non-taxable, and will be processed and paid to each winner’s Oasis account through the Office of Financial Aid.

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 

Awards for Academic and Scholarly Achievement 

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. Students with Financial Aid restrictions may not be eligible to receive scholarship funds. 

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.