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Grants, Fellowships and Awards

In the spring of each year, the department offers the Anne Hopewell Selby Award for Critical Writing and Paul Carroll Award for Creative Writing. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in critical and creative writing by undergraduate English majors. One award is given for critical writing and one award is given for creative writing. Each student may submit a sample of no more than five pages of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or critical writing. Winners and finalists will receive a substantial monetary award and will be recognized at the end-of-the-year English Department celebration.

The Campion and Newton Scholarships are both awarded to outstanding English majors who have graduated from Chicago public high schools. Applicants must have at least 30 but not more than 90 semester hours at the time of application and a minimum GPA of 2.0. The amount of the award for each scholarship is $1,500 to be credited toward tuition and fees.

The Robert and Corinne Silver Award is a $500 prize for a continuing undergraduate English major concentrating in literature.  To be eligible, you must be a continuing English major of sophomore standing or above (seniors graduating in the Spring are not eligible); have a concentration in literature; preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate academic ability; demonstrated financial need may also play a role in the final decision.

Anne Hopewell Selby Award: In honor of the late professor Anne Hopewell Selby, the English Department awards research funding to an outstanding undergraduate student pursuing scholarly activities outside the classroom.  The purpose of this award is to help cover expenses such as trips to conferences or special libraries or the purchase of books not required for classes.  Students should write a letter explaining their projects and submit a budget for expenses up to $250.  (There is no standard form for this award.)  Please explain how the projects described will contribute to your overall growth as a scholar.  In addition to the letter, students are asked to provide one piece of evidence of their growth and commitment to scholarship (such as a class paper or conference paper) and 1 letter of recommendation.  Please include in your letter the names of two other professors who are familiar with your work.  While the emphasis is upon your work outside the classroom at UIC, please include information or expenses related to individualized work, such as Independent Studies, Honors Theses or the Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar.  

Each year, one student is chosen by the faculty for the Ernest C. Van Keuren award, a $200 award which the department presents annually to its outstanding graduating senior. The winner is chosen by the faculty from among those students who are graduating with highest distinction.

UIC Awards and Scholarships
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has many awards and scholarships for which English majors can apply. Click here for LAS Scholarships.

The Scholarship Association for the University of Illinois at Chicago also offers many awards and scholarships (including one specifically for English majors, the Robert and Corrinne Silver Award). Click here for the Scholarship Association.

Students should also browse through the thorough list of scholarships and awards on the website of the Office of Special Scholarship Programs.