Graduate awards from the English Department

  • English Department Graduate Student Travel Grants
  • Competitive travel grants for graduate students to attend conferences, meetings, workshops, or external collaborations. Grants are designed to help defray travel, hotel, and per diem costs in order to increase opportunity for students to attend conferences, workshops, collaborations, and/or exhibits with the purpose of advancing careers. Applicants must be full time English Department graduate students in good academic standing (minimum NMSU graduate GPA of 3.0). Award(s) may range from $200 to $500 per semester. The Graduate Studies Committee conducts a separate process each semester to solicit and review applications. Fall and Spring.

 

  • Charles M. and Pamela S. Sphar Endowed Scholarship
  • Given to an outstanding female English Department graduate student with a GPA of 3.0 or better, in need of financial assistance. Selected by the Graduate Studies Committee. Fall.

 

  • Elizabeth Jane Wichert Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  • Given to outstanding graduate students in English. Selected by the Graduate Studies Committee. Fall.

 

  • English Department Research and Creative Activities Awards
  • Awarded annually to one or more graduate students in support of expenses related to academic research or creative activities. Selected by the Graduate Studies Committee. Fall.

 

  • Frank Waters Fiction Lectureships
  • Awarded to three outstanding students enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing-Fiction. Writing sample required (see application packet for details). Selected by an outside judge. Fall.
  • Wilson/Somoza Poetry Fellowship and Poetry Society of America’s Ruth Scott Fellowship
  • Awarded to three outstanding students enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry. Writing sample required (see application packet for details). Selected by an outside judge. Fall. 

 

  • Sutherland-McManus Memorial English Scholarships
  • Two awards given annually to graduate students who have written for an English class, within the past calendar year, either 1) the best literary critical essay, or 2) the best work of non-fiction prose (including essays, reports, and electronic documents). Selected by the Graduate Studies Committee.  Fall.

 

  • Emerson Award
  • Recognizes outstanding writing by a graduate student in English. One Sutherland-McManus award-winner will be cited as the Emerson Award recipient. Selected by the Graduate Studies Committee. Fall.

 

  • Vera Newman Rule Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  • Substantial monetary awards given each year to two outstanding graduate students, one masters and one doctoral, with the highest GPA (number of credit hours completed in the current program at NMSU is used as a tie-breaker). Determined by the Department Head. No applications accepted. Fall.

 

  • Stuart C. Brown Award for Excellence in Writing and Teaching
  • Awarded annually to one or more outstanding graduate students in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication MA or PhD programs. Applicants must also be GAs currently teaching a course in rhetoric, composition, or professional communication. Cover letter and writing sample required (see application packet for details). Selected by the Rhetoric and Professional Communication faculty. Fall.

 

  • Harriet Linkin Award for the Best Master’s Essay by an MA Student in Literature
  • Awarded annually to the outstanding Master’s Essay written by a student in the MA program in Literature. Selected by the Literature faculty. Spring (for Master’s Essays written Fall or Spring).

 

  • Kevin McIlvoy Creative Writing Endowed Fellowship
  • Given annually to one or more outstanding full time student(s) in the MA or MFA programs in Creative Writing, for fiction in even-numbered years and poetry in odd-numbered years. Writing sample required (see application packet for details). Selected by Creative Writing faculty. Spring.

 

  • Mary L. and Ellis Wright Endowed Writing Scholarship
  • Details pending; Spring.

 

  • Mercedes Delos Jacobs Prize in Fiction
  • Given annually to a student in the MFA program in Creative Writing for an outstanding thesis in Fiction. Submit an electronic copy of thesis, as specified by the Director of Creative Writing. Selected by former faculty member, Kevin McIlvoy. Spring.

 

  • Mercedes Delos Jacobs Prize in Poetry
  • Given annually to a student in the MFA program in Creative Writing for an outstanding thesis in Poetry. Submit an electronic copy of thesis, as specified by the Director of Creative Writing. Selected by former faculty member, Kevin McIlvoy. Spring.

 

  • Peter Harris-Kunz Endowed Award in Poetry
  • Given annually to a graduate student in the MFA program in Creative Writing for an outstanding thesis in poetry. Selected by Creative Writing faculty. Spring. 

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