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PhD Admissions

Deadline: January 15, 2021

You must apply to the University online through the main University Portal.  The portal will guide you through the process and has information on the application fee. All applicants should choose fall as their application term. We do not admit for spring or summer.

The application fee is non-refundable. It is valid for one calendar year: an application may be updated within one year from the original anticipated term of admission without payment of a new application fee. UF currently does not offer application fee waivers.

The materials you will need for your application are:

  • Test scores:  Due to current admission examination testing difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, our English department, in sync with the UF Graduate School, is waiving the GRE requirement for applicants seeking Fall 2021 admission. This temporary emergency waiver ap​plies only to admission for this application cycle. International applicants may be required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS tests.
  • Updated resume or CV: upload as a pdf file
  • Statement of purpose: Upload as a pdf file – 2 pages, or up to 800 words. The online application says 400-500 word. Please disregard those instructions and send up to 800 words.
  • Writing Sample: The writing sample should demonstrate your best work in criticism or theory and be about 15 pages. The admission portal will allow you to upload it within the application under Resume/Other on the Additional Questions page. Please upload it as the ‘Other Upload’ file. You can also send it as a .pdf file to: The subject line should read: Last Name, First Name, Year Applying, “PhD Applicant.”
  • Transcripts: UF requires official transcripts from all institutions you have attended.
    • If you have not yet completed a program, you may upload unofficial transcripts to the online application.
    • You may also upload official transcripts to the online application.
    • If you would like to send official electronic transcripts, UF accepts electronic transcripts only from e-SCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, and F.A.S.T.E.R. Please have electronic transcripts sent to (Please also submit an unofficial transcript through the online application).
    • You may also send an official paper copy of your transcript to UF at Office of Admissions, 201 Criser Hall – PO Box 114000, Gainesville, FL 32611-4000 – Please do not send your transcripts directly to the English Department.
    • International students must send transcripts in the native language and an English translation, along with a copy of the degree certificate in English and the native language.
  • Letters of Recommendation: We require three recommendations, but will accept more. These should be completed by someone in a position to assess your ability to succeed in the program. We prefer that you use the online tool to submit your recommendations, but will also accept recommendations directly from recommenders if they have trouble submitting their letters through the online application. In this case, please ask them to send the letter in pdf format to with the following subject line: your Last Name, First Name, Year Applying, “PhD Applicant.”

Notes for international applicants

International students should consult the University Admissions requirements for TOEFL IELTS and SPEAK.  The minimum  scores for students holding a teaching assistantship in the English department: TOEFL – 550 on the written Speaking Portion or  28 on the internet-based test. The department may accept students with scores of 23-27 on a conditional basis pending the satisfactory completion of a course in Academic Spoken English. IELTS – score of 6. MELAB – score of 77.

International applicants are exempt from the English proficiency requirement if enrolled for one academic year in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited university or college in a country where English is the official language prior to your anticipated term of enrollment at UF, or if you are from one of the following countries.

Florida law requires all non-U.S. students who are going to be graduate teaching assistants– even if exempted from the IELTS, MELAB and TOEFL requirement — to prove adequate command of the English language. One way to demonstrate oral proficiency in order to teach is to take the SPEAK test.

Transcripts: International students may use unofficial transcripts for the admissions process. However, once admitted they must provide official transcripts and certificates of degree. UF requires transcripts in the native language and an English translation, as well as copies of the degree certificate in the native language and an English translation.

Further useful information may be obtained through the University of Florida International Center.

Additional fellowship materials

  • All applicants are automatically considered for graduate school and department fellowships with two important exceptions:
    • The Kirkland Fellowship in English literature of the Victorian Era and studies in oral narrative, requires a letter and a FAFSA.
    • The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship for African-American and Hispanic students requires additional materials and another separate, additional application.

Before you submit your completed application to our PhD program, we recommend that you read advice on crafting a strong application.


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