Awards and Scholarships

Florence Parker Hargis Fellowship

Awarded to an outstanding first-year Master’s or PhD student (currently $10,000; may be split into two awards). The recipient of the Florence Parker Hargis Graduate Fellowship in English is chosen by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of English. The Hargis Fellow is a first-year (entering) student with an outstanding academic record.

Ruth A. Brittin and Norman Brittin Fellowship

Awarded to an outstanding first-year Master’s or PhD student (currently $10,000; may be split into two awards). The recipient of the Brittin Fellowship in English is chosen by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of English. The Brittin Fellow is a first-year (entering) student with an outstanding academic record. 

Merriwether Fellowships

The Graduate School awards a limited number of these fellowships each year to outstanding doctoral students whose work is nearing completion. Each doctoral program may nominate one student for these fellowships annually. The Merriwether Fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000 and restricts the recipient's other graduate assistantship level to no more than 1/3. These fellowships are not renewable.

Dissertation Writing Semester Fellowship in English

As funds are available, the department supports an award for ABD students in English who are nearing completion of the dissertation. The recipient of the Writing Semester Fellowship in English is chosen by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of English from nominations by major professors, who consider the following criteria:

  • The nominee’s potential for substantially completing the dissertation and preparing to defend within the semester of support
  • The usefulness to the student of a release from teaching for the purpose of making significant progress on the dissertation

Mildred Enloe Yates Fellowship of Mortar Board

Awarded to an outstanding first-year (entering) Master’s student (currently $4,500). The student must be enrolled in at least one graduate course in English per semester in the academic year of the award.

Department of English MA Fellowship

This fellowship is awarded to a first-year MA student with strong potential for contributing to the intellectual life, diversity, and quality of the department.

Varian C. Burkhardt Award

Each summer or fall the Graduate Studies Committee acknowledges that MA student who has compiled the best first-year academic record.

AU 10 Outstanding Graduate Students

The Auburn University Graduate Council selects 10 outstanding master's students and 10 outstanding doctoral students.

GTA Teaching Award

This award goes to one master’s-level GTA and one doctoral-level GTA each year. Only those in their second year or later are eligible. At the beginning of the spring semester, the CGS solicits nominations for the awards from undergraduate students. The period covered by the award includes the previous calendar year. These names go to a committee consisting of three graduate faculty members, none of whom is the major professor of any of the nominees, and none of whom coordinates a program in which any of the nominees teach. On the basis of the student nominations, the committee selects no more than four finalists for each award, and a class taught by each finalist will be observed by an award committee member. The committee also reviews the following information, to be submitted by the nominee:

  • Statement of teaching philosophy submitted by the nominee.
  • Course materials (syllabi, handouts, etc.) on paper or the Web, including submission of student writing samples with grades and comments.
  • Reports on class visits by program coordinators and other faculty.
  • All teaching effectiveness surveys for the period.

Best Paper by a Graduate Student

This award goes to one graduate student from any of the Department’s graduate programs. Papers written for graduate English courses at Auburn during the previous spring, summer, and fall are eligible. At the beginning of the spring semester, the CGS solicits nominations from graduate faculty. Nominated papers will then be solicited from their authors.

Donald H. Cunningham Technical Communication Scholarship

Sponsored by Birmingham Chapter of STC, the Award for Excellence in Technical and Professional Communication was renamed for retiring Coordinator of Technical and Professional Communication Dr. Donald H. Cunningham in 2005. This scholarship may be awarded to a current Auburn University graduate or undergraduate student who is enrolled full time as an MTPC student or as an undergraduate minoring in technical and professional communication. The award is for one academic year. The recipient is selected by the Department of English Head based on the recommendation of the technical and professional communication faculty.

Betty Travis Naugle Annual Fellowship in Technical and Professional Communication

Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student in Technical and Professional Communication by the Department Head on recommendation of the TPC faculty. The award goes to a current Auburn University graduate student or students who have

  • Commitment to a career or teaching in TPC
  • Taken at least one 6000 or 7000-level course in TPC at Auburn University
  • Demonstrated academic excellence (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • Enrolled in at least one 6000 or 7000-level course in TPC in the year the fellowship is received.

Department of English Award for Academic Excellence in Technical and Professional Communication

Sponsored by anonymous donors, the Academic Excellence in Technical and Professional Communication Award may be awarded to a current Auburn University graduate or undergraduate student who is enrolled full time as an MTPC student or as an undergraduate minoring in technical and professional communication. The award is for one academic year. The recipient is selected by the Department of English Head based on the recommendation of the technical and professional communication faculty.

Department of English MTPC Fellowship

This fellowship is awarded to a first-year MTPC student with strong potential for contributing to the intellectual life, diversity, and quality of the department