Please find below the most recent research/study opportunities sent to the English Department
Funding is available to support you while participating in academic travel and international experiences:
MLA 2020 Career Boot Camp
The Career Development Boot Camp at the 2020 MLA Annual Convention in Seattleguides current graduate students as they explore their many career options. Please tell your students about the opportunity to apply for the boot camp!
Applicants are asked to apply online by 15 October 2019.
The twenty fellows selected for the boot camp will learn about tools and strategies for effective career planning and how to develop their professional identities. Fellows bring back experience and information that can help other students in their departments with their career development needs.
Boot camp activities include:
- an orientation and welcome dinner on Wednesday, 8 January 2020
- a site visit to Seattle City Hall
- a career development convention track of workshops, panels, and events
- private discussion and debriefing sessions led by Chris Golde and Stacy Hartman, humanities careers professionals
- hands-on guidance and mentorship offered by alumni of the MLA’s Connected Academics program
- opportunities to network with PhDs working outside the academy
All participants receive a $400 travel grant from the MLA. Participants are expected to request matching funds from their home departments and are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodations.
Teaching in a Spanish School (Language Assistant Programs)
Meddeas (Multilingual Education Development and Support) is a leading organization present in five countries specialized in giving support services to Spanish bilingual schools. Among other activities, they manage Language Assistant Programs.
These programs are focused on university students who are about to graduate. By enrolling in our programs they will get international work experience – teaching English in a Spanish private school – during one academic year while undergoing additional training, and receiving enough money to live in Spain as students. There are no fees for participants.
This would be a very enriching opportunity for students as they will not only get hands-on practice in the classroom – selecting their preferred age range – but also receive additional teacher training from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.
For more information check the following:
Ameson Year in China (AYC) program
2018 Top Internship Opportunities for Humanities & Social Science
Globalink Research Award Funding Opportunity in India
The Indian Institutes of Technology has an agreement with Mitacs for the Mitacs Globalink Research Award Program to send senior undergraduate and graduate level students to conduct a research project with Indian researchers. Many o the IITs have English research programs. This award provides $6,000 in funding from Mitacs for these projects while MHRD provides an additional $5,000 to the project once the student is in India. This can be through indirect (in-kind) contributions, research support for the host professor and sometimes cash. Mitacs is looking to increase awareness and uptake of this particular program.
Mitacs Globalink Research Award Eligibility requirements:
- Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents (International Students in Canada cannot apply).
- Senior undergraduate and graduate students at Canadian universities
- Eligible universities:
o IIT Bombay
o IIT Delhi
o IIT Guwahati
o IIT Hyderabad
o IIT Kanpur
o IIT Gandhinagar
o IIT Kharagpur
o IIT Madras
o IIT Roorkee
TEFL Iberia: Teach English in Barcelona
Joint Ph.D. Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan
Whether your interests are in rhetoric, composition, literacy studies, or English education, this interdisciplinary PhD program brings together the best of research, scholarship, and pedagogy from across the university to offer a rich and satisfying doctoral experience.
Among our strengths, we offer top-flight resources, a supportive and engaging community of scholars, and the flexibility for students to craft a program centered on their individual interests. Our joint association between the Department of English and the School of Education allows students to gain a particularly strong base in rhetoric and composition theory as well as practical experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Student interests have included rhetorical theory, literacy studies, feminist theory, new media composition, disability studies, queer theory, applied linguistics, English language studies, ethnic studies, creative writing studies, and writing assessment. All students have the opportunity to pursue research projects collaboratively with faculty, including social justice- and activist-oriented research, in addition to individual dissertation research.
All students are guaranteed five years of full funding, and there is additional support for conference travel, research projects, and summer research and writing. To date, we have 100% placement for graduates who have chosen to pursue tenure-track faculty positions in education and English departments in colleges and universities; program graduates also sometimes choose to pursue opportunities in educational nonprofits, school districts, and government-sponsored agencies
To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit our Prospective Students pages.
Research travel assistantship
Waterloo offers a graduate studies research travel assistantship to help you cover expenses associated with presenting your research at a professional conference away from Waterloo. For more information and to apply, interested applicants can complete our research travel assistantship application.
Research Travel Claims Information
International experience awards
Waterloo offers several international experience awards annually to full‐time graduate students who participate in a minimally‐paid or volunteer work placement, an academic exchange, or a study term related to academic requirements or research. Further details on such awards can be found in our graduate funding & awards database.
Canada Graduate Scholarship - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS)
This program supports eligible high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. Visit the Graduate Studies CGS-MSFSS web page for full details.