The English Department is proud to offer numerous forms of support for its undergraduate students and to recognize exceptional accomplishments in various forms of academic and creative work. Below, you can find information about scholarships, prizes, and grants specifically designated for declared English majors. Typically, these prizes and scholarships are awarded in the spring semester, though some – such as the Senior Thesis Research Grant – have fall deadlines.
* Scholarships: Sunday, March 27, 11:59 p.m.
* Writing Prizes: Sunday, March 27, 11:59 p.m.
* Senior Thesis Research Grant: November 1 or April 1
English students are also encouraged to look more broadly at both University-wide and national or international scholarships to support their education. More information about these further funding opportunities are available via Wisconsin Scholarship Hub and the Grants Information Library. Students can also consult the undergraduate advisor about how to best prepare these applications.
Congratulations to our 2021 scholarship and writing prize winners
Numerous scholarships, varying in number and amount, are awarded to students majoring in English who have distinguished themselves through their academic achievements and through service to the college or community. Beginning in 2011, with a generous gift from a member of the English Department Board of Visitors, we are also now able to offer a deserving student a need-based scholarship. As of 2017, we are also offering a scholarship to a deserving First Generation College Student.
- The deadline for scholarship applications is in March of each academic year
- Please go to: https://wisc.academicworks.com/. If you have not yet used WiSH (UW-Wisconsin Scholarship Hub) You must first complete the “General Application.” This includes 10 simple questions that result in activating a student dashboard. Then click on the “Opportunities/Recommended” tab on the upper left side of the screen. The application(s) that you are eligible for will then appear on your student dashboard for completion. Click on the appropriate application card to move into the specific application.
In order to be eligible for these department scholarships, students must have:
- Declared the English major
- Junior or senior standing (a level of 3 or 4 which equates to 54 credits or more)
- Completed at least 4 courses in the major
- A cumulative GPA of 3 or higher
- A GPA in the English major of 3.5 or higher
List of Scholarships
The following scholarships are available to undergraduate English majors:
List of Writing Prizes
The following writing prizes are available to undergraduates:
Senior Thesis Research Grant
The John McMynn Williams Research Grant is awarded to English majors whose senior thesis project entails demanding and extensive research. Awarded funds must be used to cover expenses necessary to complete the thesis. These awards are designed to enable students to travel to archives or research sites, arrange participant interviews, or initiate other research activities that require special funding. These funds cannot be used to present the project after its completion. For projects conducted in the United States, the range of awards is $500-$1000. For projects that include study and research abroad, the range of awards is $1000-$1500.
To be eligible, students must be English majors enrolled in at least three (3) credits of Senior Thesis Directed Study (681/682 or 691/692) with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. Students are selected based on the strength of their academic record, the rigor and clarity of their proposal and senior thesis project, and having a defined and justifiable budget. Review of applications and grant selection will be conducted by the English Department Honors Committee. Notification of award status will be mailed to applicants within two to three weeks of the application deadline. A copy of the completed thesis must be submitted to the English Undergraduate Office where it will become part of the senior thesis resource library.
(Please note: Students may not receive an English Senior Thesis Grant for their research if it has been or will be supported by another university undergraduate research grant, such as a Hilldale Undergraduate Fellowship or a Senior Summer Thesis Honors Stipend.)
In order to apply, please complete and submit this application form, along with a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s senior thesis advisor, by the Fall (November 1) or Spring (April 1) deadline.