Financial Aid

Financial Aid for PhD Students

Qualified applicants to the PhD program will be awarded Teaching Assistantships. All incoming and current students will be considered for every kind of available funding based on the evidence of achievement shown by the undergraduate (and graduate) record, the writing sample, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation.

First-year assistantships for PhD Students entering the program with a BA-degree only include mentorship in teaching composition and responsibility as an online writing coach. Pending satisfactory academic and teaching performance, assistantships are renewable for four years.  For PhD students holding an MA degree when they enter, and six years for PhD students holding a BA degree.

The base nine-month stipend for PhD students in 2018 was $17,000 (minus semester fees), and we expect this base stipend to increase in 2019.  Annual increases for stipends are negotiated by the Graduate Assistants United (UFF/NEA), the graduate students’ union.

Kirkland Fellowships: 

Highly qualified new students in Victorian studies or studies in oral narrative folklore (including cultural studies) are eligible for the Kirkland Fellowships. Owing to the generous bequest of Mary Neal Kirkland-Johns, the fellowships offer the possibility of up to four years of support for a student seeking a doctorate.

In keeping with the teaching and research interests of the late Professor Edwin C. Kirkland, these awards are for students whose graduate work focuses on literature of the Victorian era in Britain and/or its colonies, or studies in oral narrative folklore (which may also involve cultural studies).

The award for doctoral students is $20,000 per academic year, for up to four years, with satisfactory progress. Three years include a teaching assistantship (two courses per year) with tuition waiver for in-state tuition. The remaining year also carries an in-state tuition waiver and is without teaching or research assistantship duties. The final year includes an additional $500 award for professional travel.

Students interested in applying for a Kirkland Fellowship should supplement their regular application to enroll or transfer into the PhD programs of the Department of English with a letter addressed to the Graduate Coordinator explaining academic suitability and financial need.  Interested Applicants should also fill out a FAFSA by the time of their application.  The Department also nominates new and current students for available fellowships.

Due to restrictions, the full four-year Kirkland fellowship is not available to international students; however, Kirkland fellowship funds may be awarded to any qualified student who works in this area (including international students) as supplemental “top-up” funds, so international students who work in the above areas should still apply.

Kirkland applications may be submitted via the Graduate School’s online application by navigating to the Additional Questions page under the Special Programs Application section. To apply for the Kirkland, select the Other drop down menu and then Applied for Funding. Upload your letter to the Upload Supporting Documentation file. You may also email your letter directly to the Department of English at

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
The Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives, in partnership with the Florida Education Fund, administers the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship for African-American and Hispanic students. The program is designed to increase the number of African-American and Hispanic faculty in the state of Florida. Each fellow receives a base stipend of $26,080 with tuition, health insurance and fee waiver for a maximum of five years for a Ph.D. Applicants must be US citizens admitted to a University of Florida Ph.D. program and entering the first year of that program. Applications must be submitted directly to the Florida Education Fund before January 15 to compete for funding opportunities the following fall. Students are not required to have admission decisions at the time of application submission. Students are notified by the Florida Education Fund of selection decisions directly.

All application materials must be submitted directly to the Florida Education Fund by January 15. The deadline will be strictly enforced. McKnight Doctoral Fellowship applications can be completed at the Florida Education Fund website (hyperlink), or by calling 813-272-2772.

Other Departmental Fellowships

Grinter Fellowships:

The Department of English has a limited number of three-year Grinter Fellowships (usually $2,000–$4,000 per year) with which to supplement awards to outstanding doctoral candidates.  You do not apply for Grinters; Graduate Admissions allocates these to entering students based on availability when you are accepted into the program.

Baskin-Rawlings Fellowships:

Incoming students working in American literature and/or creative writing are eligible for the Baskin-Rawlings Fellowship ($1,000–$4,000 for one, two, or three years, renewable subject to terms of appointment and review of satisfactory progress). You do not apply for the Rawlings; Graduate Admissions allocates these based on availability when you are accepted into the program.

Bowers Fellowships:

Incoming PhD students working in the fields of Medieval or Renaissance literatures are eligible for the Robert Bowers Fellowship (a one-time annual award of $1,000). You do not apply for the Rawlings; Graduate Admissions allocates these based on availability when you are accepted into the program.

Additional support may be offered to qualified entering students through the Office of Graduate Minority Programs and the UF Graduate School (GSF).