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Profile: Washington University in St. Louis

Posted on November 29, 2010

We are starting a new series to highlight the graduate programs of a few of our sponsoring Consortium members. Each week, we will focus on one program in particular. This week, we will be discussing Washington University in St. Louis.

Washington University’s English and American Literature program is well funded, with students receiving full tuition remission and yearly fellowships worth $18,500 in the 2010-11 academic year. The first three semesters do not require teaching. Students work closely with their mentors and enjoy co-teaching opportunities with experienced faculty. All students enter the program as PhD students, as Washington University does not offer a terminal MA. The deadline for application is January 8, 2011. Teaching begins in fourth semester, with one course per semester. From the program website:

In recent years, our graduate students have found tenure track positions at institutions such as Drury University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Rutgers, San Francisco State University, Susquehanna University, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, the University of Dayton, the University of North Carolina, and Wittenberg University. We believe we are successful in placement because of the high level of support we offer in the first three semesters (which do not require any teaching), because of training we offer to our graduate instructors throughout their course of study, and because, with a favorable teaching load for ourselves as well as for our graduate students, we are able as mentors to work closely, individually, and actively with these beginning teachers and scholars. This support has provided our graduates with expert training and the chance to go on to publish books with university presses including those, most recently, of Cambridge, Notre Dame, Oxford, Penn State and Yale.

Washington University also has a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship Program (CGFP), which provides financial support to diverse students interested in careers as college or university professors. The package provides a full tuition scholarship plus an annual stipend and allowance in the amount of $27,500 for the 2010-2011 academic year. The closing date for application to the Fellowship is January 25, 2011.

In addition, Washington University offers a rigorous two-year MFA program. Last year, the program accepted 12 students out of 350 applicants. All new students receive a complete tuition waiver and a stipend, which in 2010-2011 was $18,500.

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