Support for External Funding Seekers

Fellowships, Grants, and Post-Docs

The Department of English offers multiple forms of support and assistance year-round for graduate students seeking funding, whether short-term grant, dissertation fellowship, or post-doctoral opportunity.

Dr. Michele Navakas (, the Department’s Fellowships & Grants Coordinator, assists students with finding appropriate funding opportunities and preparing proposals and other required elements of applications. It’s never too early to begin applying! Please contact the Coordinator with questions at any point in the application process.

Funding Opportunities Canvas Site

English Department faculty maintain and regularly update a password-protected Canvas site, Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students. The site features links to funding opportunities offered by Miami and by numerous other research institutions located across the country and abroad. There you can also find samples of successful funding proposals, materials distributed at our yearly Funding Workshops, and links to resources for finding additional funding opportunities. To request access to this password-protected site, please email the Fellowships & Grants Coordinator.

Annual Funding Workshops in Fall & Spring Semesters

Funding Workshop I - September & March

Offered once per semester, Funding Workshop I is open to all. Participants will:

  • Learn the advantages of applying for internal and external funding;
  • Become familiar with the standard components of an application for funding; 
  • Meet the Fellowships & Grants Coordinator, and find out how the Coordinator can support your efforts to draft, revise, and submit a funding proposal;
  • Gain access to the English Department’s password-protected Canvas site, Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students;
  • Learn how to search for appropriate funding opportunities; and 
  • Make a timeline for successfully completing a funding application by the deadline.

Funding Workshop II - October & April

Participation in Workshop II requires attendance of Workshop I. Offered once per semester, Workshop II is an advanced session on writing and revising funding proposals. Participants will:

  • Read and discuss samples of successful proposals for short-term (1-3 month) and long-term fellowships;
  • Learn to use catalogs and research guides to enhance funding proposals; and
  • Draft, revise, or workshop their own funding proposals.

Funding Success Stories

Campus Resources

Miami University supports funding seekers across campus through the Office for the Advancement of Research & Scholarship (OARS). Visit the OARS website for a list of funding opportunities offered by Miami, along with additional information on locating external funding opportunities and preparing proposals.