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

The English Department carefully tracks and promotes graduate student achievements, which we announce in a yearly message each May, Graduate Student Successes. Some of our more recent fellowship success stories include:

Laura GaddisLaura Gaddis, Indiana Writers' Conference participant (June 2018)

Angela GlotfelterAngela Glotfelter, Gayle Morris Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative Fellowship (2018-19)

Cynthia SmithCynthia Smith, Albert M. Greenfield Dissertation Fellowship at The Library Company of Philadelphia (2018-19); A 2019 Ph.D. in Literature, Cynthia Smith is also the recipient of a number of short-term post-doctoral fellowships, including at the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Women’s History Institute of the Historic Hudson Valley, and the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware and the Boston Athenaeum Fellowship. Read more about Cynthia’s experiences as a Greenfield Dissertation Fellow in this Miami News Q & A.

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.