Do you need help paying for your graduate work in English? Are you interested in working closely with faculty while gaining hands-on experience in your field? Our department is committed to providing practical opportunities for both professional and personal growth through our scholarships and graduate assistantships.

Scholarships

Scholarships specific to English graduate students are available through the department. Students are encouraged to apply for any scholarship they are eligible for.

This scholarship was established by the family, friends, and students of Frances Mayhew Rippy, PhD, in honor of her 42 years of teaching English at Ball State University (1959-2001).

The purpose of the fund is to assist outstanding English graduate students majoring in literature at Ball State University.

Application deadline:

Please submit via email to english@bsu.edu by March 20 @ 4 p.m.

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The Dr. Janet Ross Scholarship for Teachers of English as a Second Language is a merit award. The amount may be divided among several students, if so recommended by the selection committee.

English undergraduate majors in English/language arts with a teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) concentration and English graduate majors in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) or Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) joint program are eligible to apply.

The recipient shall display those characteristics of scholarship, character, and leadership which, in the judgment of the selection committee, are considered essential for success in the field of teaching English as a second language.

Application deadline:

Please submit via email to english@bsu.edu by March 20 @ 4 p.m.

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The Voss English Research Award was established by Drs. Gert and Annemarie Voss to support applied or theoretical research in literature in the English Department. Any MA or PhD candidate with a concentration in literature or a MA general concentration in the English Department is eligible.

Application deadline:

Please submit via email to english@bsu.edu by March 20 @ 4 p.m.

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The Hanson Rhetoric and Composition Award provides support for applied or theoretical research in the area of rhetoric and composition within the Department of English.

Application deadline: 

Please submit via email to english@bsu.edu by March 20 @ 4 p.m.

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The Patricia and Anthony Martone Fund supports research and travel for students pursuing a Master of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. First preference goes to students who produce new writings about place and community, in particular about the Muncie, Indiana area, the state of Indiana or Midwest region. Second preference goes to students who produce writings about sports.

Application deadline:

Please submit via email to english@bsu.edu by March 20 @ 4 p.m.

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Graduate Assistantships

The English Department offers teaching and research assistantships to master’s and doctoral candidates on a competitive basis.

If you are a new applicant and wish to be considered for an assistantship, be sure to check the appropriate box on the Graduate School application.

Applications are due by January 15. Decisions about assistantships are generally made in March and announced in April.

Compensation

Graduate assistants currently earn the following per academic year:

Tuition

Tuition is covered, but not fees, which equal about $1,600 a year

Stipend

  • master’s students: $11,903
  • doctoral students: $15,284

Summer session assistantships, if available, are funded at 15 percent of the academic year stipend.

The final stipend amount is subject to change.

Housing Allowance

Assistants receive $500 for housing if they live on campus.

Paying for Your Education