Departmental Scholarships for Graduate Students

The English Department offers a variety of awards to graduate students in all areas of English Studies.

The application deadline for all English department awards and scholarships is April 1.

Publications Unit Publishing Award

Applicants must be English Department graduate students and have a focus in Publishing Studies.

Publications Unit Publishing Award

George R. Canning Scholarship

Applicants must be English Department graduate students focusing in Literary and Cultural Studies.

George R. Canning Scholarship Application

Maurice Scharton Scholarship

Applicants must be English Department Graduate Students.

Maurice Scharton Scholarship Application

Taimi Maria Ranta Children’s and Young Adult Literature Scholarship

Applicants must be enrolled in or intend to focus on Children's Literary and Cultural studies.

Taimi Maria Ranta Scholarship Application

Anna Keaton English Scholarship

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program in the English Department.

Anna Keaton English Scholarship Application

Excellence in TESOL Award

Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for this award. Selection is based on outstanding performance in course work, teaching, and/or research in the field of TESOL. Applicants must submit a CV/resume, a statement activities in ESL (three pages highlighting their work in and dedication to ESL teaching, scholarship, etc.), and one letter of support from faculty.

Tom Kuster Creative Writing Award

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program in the English Department.

Tom Kuster Creative Writing Award Application


William Morgan Poetry Award

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program in the English Department.

William Morgan Poetry Award Application


Dr. Rhonda M. Nicol Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be a doctoral candidate in good standing in English Studies who has completed coursework, exams, and the dissertation proposal.

Dr. Rhonda M. Nicol Memorial Scholarship Application


The Diversity and Equity Teaching Award

Applicants must submit a lesson plan, current CV, and be enrolled in a graduate program in the English Department.

Diversity and Equity Teaching Award Application and Lesson Plan Template


The Glenn Grever Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Master's Candidate

Applicants must be enrolled in the masters program in the English Department and submit a teaching portfolio.


The Taimi Maria Ranta Award for Outstanding Teaching by a PhD Candidate

Applicants must be enrolled in the doctoral program in the English Department and submit a teaching portfolio.


Finding Scholarships Across Campus

Many scholarships are available from across campus based on a wide variety of criteria for eligibility. Exploring the many opportunities that exist can open up new possibilities for funding a student's career at ISU.

To help make the process of finding scholarships easier, the Financial Aid Office has developed a tool called Scholarship Finder that allows students to search for awards.

Check Out Scholarship Finder.