Scholarships and financial aid

The annual Wayne State University Scholarship Application period runs from October 1 – March 1. Applicants will be considered for the scholarships listed below, as well as the scholarships available throughout the university, by using just one application.

Undergraduate scholarships

Albert Feigenson Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Award open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students majoring in music or English, with high scholastic standing and demonstrated financial need.

Professor Arnold Goldsmith Annual Scholarship

Award open to full or part-time undergraduate and graduate students in English with demonstrated financial need. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Christopher T. Leland Endowed Scholarship in Creative Writing

Award open to English majors who demonstrate high achievement in creative writing.

Dennis Turner Memorial Scholarship in Film Studies

Award open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Film Studies through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Doretta Burke Sheill Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Award open to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in English literature who demonstrate high scholastic achievement, character, leadership, and financial need.

Dustin Rose Memorial Scholarship

This award recognizes scholastic achievement and encourages continued progress for students in the English B.A. program. Students may be enrolled full time or part time at the undergraduate level.

Gilbert R. and Patricia K. Davis Endowed Scholarship for English Majors

Award open to part-time students majoring in English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a GPA of 3.0 or above and a minimum of fifteen credits in residence at Wayne State University. Recipients must be Michigan residents.

Joseph J. and Mary E. Yelda Endowed Scholarship for English

Award open to full-time students who graduated from a metropolitan Detroit area high school, are majoring in English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Loughead-Eldredge Endowed Scholarships in Creative Writing

Award open to advanced undergraduates and M.A. students in good academic standing who are pursuing a B.A. or M.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing.

Pearl A. Warn Endowed Scholarship in English

Award open to returning full or part-time students majoring in English with high scholastic achievement and demonstrated financial need. 

Stephen H. Tudor Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing

Award open to full-time degree-seeking students majoring in English who have completed at least fifteen credits in residence and demonstrate high achievement in creative writing.


Graduate teaching assistantships and fellowships

The English department offers several awards that provide financial aid for graduate students. All graduate students and applicants are invited to apply by contacting the director of graduate studies of their desire to be considered for any and all awards by filling out the English Graduate Admissions and Funding Application Form. All awards are allocated in January/February and begin the following academic year (i.e. August/September).

DeRoy Fellowship

This one-year fellowship offers a generous stipend, pays tuition and fees, and provides benefits. The DeRoy Fellowship is intended for new students. Recipients are guaranteed a teaching assistantship at the conclusion of the fellowship as long as they are in good standing and making normal progress toward the degree. All applicants are eligible for consideration; those with an interest in Film and Media Studies are particularly encouraged to apply.

Rumble Fellowships

These one-year fellowships offer a stipend, pay tuition and fees, and provide benefits. Both entering and continuing students are eligible to apply. Recipients are guaranteed a teaching assistantship at the conclusion of the fellowship as long as they are in good standing and making normal progress toward the degree.

Teaching assistantships

These continuing awards offer a stipend, pay tuition and fees, and provide benefits. Both entering and continuing students are invited to apply. Awards can range from one to six years. Length of award is determined by the number of years needed to complete the degree as determined by Wayne State University 's regulations. Recipients ordinarily teach 3 courses per year. Renewal is contingent upon being in good standing and making normal progress toward the degree.

Other graduate scholarships and writing awards

The department offers a number of special scholarships and awards for registered graduate students. Due dates for submission of materials is during the winter semester and recipients are honored at a ceremony each spring. For more information, please contact the director of graduate studies.

If you are applying simultaneously for admission to the English graduate program and a teaching assistantship or fellowship distributed by the English department, it is not necessary to duplicate materials. Indicate your interest in applying for financial aid in your English Graduate Admissions and Funding Application Form

In addition to those awards distributed by the English department, applicants are encouraged to apply for any other scholarships and aid for which they qualify. In particular, all applicants for departmental aid should also apply for the Graduate Professional Scholarship available through the Graduate School.