Summer Plan B Fellowship


The Summer Plan B Fellowships provide funding of $1000 to $2500 each to one or more graduate students in the English MA Program. These fellowships enable recipients to dedicate themselves to the completion of one Plan B paper over the summer and thus contribute to their timely completion of the Master of Arts Degree.

Because faculty are on leave during the summers and aren't regularly available, MA students should work with their Plan B supervisors during the preceding spring to make a research and revision plan for the summer's work.  Most Plan B Projects are revisions and expansions of work done previously for a class, and so this plan should envision how the Plan B project will be different in focus and scope from the original text. 


Any first-year English Master of Arts student in good academic standing with no incomplete credits may apply. 

To be eligible, students must have a Graduate Degree Plan form on file. 

Application Materials

1. Please use the , including the following information:

  • applicant’s name and signature,
  • contact information (address, email, phone)
  • date
  • title of project
  • advisor's signature

2. Prospectus of the Plan-B Paper or Project including the following:


Briefly describe the paper or project. 300 word limit

  • Indicate the type of paper or project: Research, pedagogical, creative writing, new media, professional portfolio, or other faculty approved alternative.
  • Please note if the project requires IRB/human-subjects approval and if such approval has been granted.
  • Explain the scope and nature of the problem addressed by this paper/project

Preliminary Outline: 1 page limit

  • Preliminary thesis or statement of goals
  • Describe your approach to the problem
  • Steps toward discovery in the argument, arc of narrative or poetic endeavor, or media preparation
  • The Payoff: describe the potential significance of the paper or project

Plan for action: 1 page limit

  • Describe the expansions and revisions agreed on with the Plan-B Paper/Project Advisor

Annotated Bibliography (as appropriate)

Annotations should be brief (50 words maximum). Bibliography may include some combination of the following:

  • Primary Texts
  • Critical and/or Theoretical Sources
  • Archival Materials
  • Historical Materials, Sources, Analogues

Preliminary Draft or Plan of the Paper or Project

This preliminary document might be either a completed seminar paper/project or one in progress).

Research papers (literary, linguistic, rhetorical, critical, and pedagogical), creative writing, new media, and professional portfolio projects are all eligible for consideration.

Contract Form for ENGL or WRIT 8094

A copy of the Contract Form for ENGL or WRIT 8094 (Plan B), signed by a member of the English Graduate Faculty indicating support for the project. 


Applications must be submitted to the English MA Program's Director of Graduate Studies by the announced deadline in the spring semester (usually in March). 


Applications will be evaluated on the basis of completeness of application; thoroughness, development, and attention to detail, especially in the prospectus and plan for action; the quality, accomplishment, and potential of the work-in-progress.

Fellowship award recipients may also be asked to present their completed papers or projects to an audience of students in ENGL 8906 as well as invited faculty and peers in the program during the fall semester.