The Department of English Language and Literature offers numerous opportunities for our students to seek funding through scholarships and writing competitions and to contribute to literary publications. 

The Department of English Language and Literature offers several scholarship opportunities and competitions for English majors and minors. You can learn more about our scholarship opportunities by viewing the English Department Scholarship brochure. All English students are invited to attend the end of the year virtual banquet for an evening of celebration with fellow students and staff. 

Please use the following application form for all department scholarships.

Marion Croft Althoff Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship awarded to a student majoring in English with the intent to teach.
  • Undergraduate students
  • Must be recommended by an English faculty member familiar with the student's work
  • Award can be used for tuition and room and board
  • Based on financial need 

Deadline: March 15
Award Amount: Up to $2,500

E.C. Beck Scholarship

Scholarship awarded to a student majoring in English with the intent to teach English.
  • Undergraduate students
  • Must be nominated by an English faculty member who is familiar with the student's work
  • Preference to juniors and seniors
  • Based on scholarship, financial need, and probable teaching success
Deadline: March 15
Award Amount: Up to $750
Reverend Lloyd C. and Ica L. Bronson Memorial Award

Scholarship awarded to full-time English majors completing their junior year.
  • Junior or higher standing
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Must show documented work with minority groups (particularly ethnic or gender)
Deadline: March 15
Award Amount: Up to $700
Jeanette R. House Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship awarded to an English literature major entering senior year at CMU.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must submit two letters of recommendation and an essay about why you want to study literature 

  • Scholarship is nonrenewable

Deadline: March 15
Award Amount: Up to $1,500 

Francis J. and Mary Lois Molson English Education Scholarship

Scholarship awarded to an English major or minor pursuing secondary education certification.
  • Undergraduate student
  • Minimum 3.25 overall GPA
  • Must demonstrate academic excellence
Deadline: March 15
Award Amount: Up to $2,500

Clara Lee Moodie Scholarship

Scholarship awarded to a English graduate student
  • Graduate level standing
  • Intent to teach at high schoo​l or college level
  • Preference will be given to students wishing to teach American literature
  • Scholarship is renewable​
Deadline: March 16
Award Amount: Up to $10,000

Kenneth W. and Margaret Cuff Saunders Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship awarded to a junior, senior, or graduate student. Preference will be given to English, journalism, or physics majors.

  • junior, senior, or graduate standing
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Scholarship is renewable

Deadline: March 15
Award Amount: Up to $2,000

Creative Writing Awards

Visit the Creative Writing website to learn more about writing competitions and prizes.

Funding Opportunities for Research & Presentations

The following opportunities are available through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Students must apply for funding BEFORE traveling.

Undergraduate Student Grants

  • Undergraduate Research Grants
  • Undergraduate Presentation Grants

Graduate Student Grants

  • Graduate Research Grants
  • Dissertation Grants
  • Graduate Presentation Grants
  • GA Conference Grants-union only

​​​Dean's Office Funding Opportunities

For more information about scholarships and funding opportunities available through the Dean's Office of College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, visit the CLASS Scholarships and Awards website.

Honors Student Funding Application

For more information about the Honors Student Funding Application, visit the Honors Program Forms & Documents website.

The Creative Writing Program within the Department of English Language and Literature sponsors two literary publications:

Central Review is a literary journal publishing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by CMU undergraduate and graduate students. It is edited and produced once per semester by Student Publications under the directive of the Student Media Board of Directors. The magazine also offers annual prizes ($100) for the best poetry, fiction, and non-fiction published each year.

Temenos is a literary magazine published by graduate students in the Creative Writing Program. It features CMU graduate students as well as nationally known poets and writers.

Interested in studying English or literature abroad? Check out this student testimonial from an experience in Bochum, Germany.

Ruhr Universität - Bochum, Germany

Image of Bochum, Germany

"My experience in Bochum recalled, to a certain extent, the historical backdrop that we find in literature. Not necessarily explicit locations found in the English cannon, but locations that had that same sort of spirit; there were so many places that were steeped in the cultural significance that we often find ourselves so fascinated with in our studies of literatures, which contributed to the studying of English literature there: the history and culture felt more tangible there.

Studying English literature at Ruhr University was academically distinct as well as environmentally distinct. I was able to view the English language and literary works through the lens of a different culture. Being able to see the different perspectives through which my field was studied allowed me to see how the English cannon (/works of literature—I don't want to beat that term to death, but I guess that could be better to make this more broadly applicable to people in comparative lit studies, etc.?) interacted with and intersected with different cultures, and how different facets of human experience and knowledge were communicated to them. As such, I was provided with a deeper understanding of how literature functions in the world as a whole, and how it promotes communication and mutual understanding cultures." --Joey Payne, English major and CMU Writing Center Consultant