Beyond the Classroom
The English Department trains its graduates for work in a variety of fields. While we provide rigorous training that prepare students for research and teaching positions in the academy, we also equip students with a range of skills that they can use in many professional fields. Given the precarity of the academy, we feel it is important to introduce students to a range of career options as early as their first year. Regular workshops and events offer students to meet with graduates and alumni across the academic and non-academic world. The fourth-year internship for PhD students offers the chance to work in a hands-on way on a public humanities project. The Connected PhD offers funding for a range of internships, collaborate projects and public endeavors during the year and the summer. Please review our list of past and current grant recipients.
The Job Seekers group meets frequently throughout the year to help advanced students identify career opportunities, develop application strategies, and prepare for job interviews. We workshop crucial job search materials, including job letters, research statements, CVs, and teaching portfolios.
Please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Professional Development website for more information.
The Director of Graduate Studies conducts workshops for English graduate students to learn about professional development skills, the academic job market, and a diverse set of careers. Recent workshops include:
Demystifying the Job Market
An introduction to the workings of the job market meant for graduate students at all stages in the program, including a discussion of the MLA job ads and of sections of The Professor Is In.
Grant Writing Workshop
An introduction to the basic steps in crafting a fellowship application: writing an introduction, telling a compelling story, foregrounding your contribution, and articulating the project's relevance beyond your field.
Summer Before the Job Market
A session on writing, planning, and making the best of use of your summer. Focus is on preparing for the job market and writing dissertation completion fellowship applications.
Career Diversity 101
An introduction to planning for multiple possible career paths.
Writing a Diversity Statement for the Job Market
An information session on the philosophy behind, and the components of, the diversity, inclusion and equity statement that is often required as part of academic job applications.
Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement
An information session on best practices and strategies for crafting a teaching philosophy statement for the academic job market.
More Career ResourcesGraduate Career Consortium
This biweekly proseminar (ENG 350a) for first-year PhD students addresses the social and professional aspects of academic work in literary studies. Our series of discussions and workshops cover skills useful for teaching and scholarship, practical issues such as navigating graduate school, institutional questions about academic and related work, and larger questions about the future of the humanities. The course format combines discussion, brief presentations and guest speakers, and is intended to accommodate a wide range of student concerns and interests. The required course text is Karen Kelsky, The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job.
Since 2004 the graduate students have organized an annual conference on a pressing theme in literary and cultural studies. Participants are chosen from an open call for papers to come to campus and present their work, with respondents drawn from the department faculty.
The Center hosts many events throughout the academic year.
The Mandel Lectures in the Humanities: A prominent scholar presents a series of lectures over the course of a week.
Close Looking: An interdisciplinary series offering in-depth discussion of some of our university's greatest treasures from the Rose Art Museum and the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections.
Bridging the Two Cultures: Members from the Science faculty share the methods and goals of scientific research. This series aims to forge new connections and increase mutual understanding between the different academic branches of the University.
This Symposium has a dual focus: Scholars with expertise pertaining to the chosen novel will explore the work and its context and a panel will approach the work with a broader set of theorectical, critical and conceptual issues.
Departmental Sources of Funding
Each spring the Dept. selects a recipient of the Milton Hindus Memorial Endowed Dissertation Fellowship. The ~$2000 Fellowship is named after one of the founding members of the Brandeis faculty and a long-time teacher and scholar in the English Department.
Each fall the Dept. selects a recipient of the Gilmore-Valenze Dissertation Endowed Dissertation Fellowship. The ~$1,500 Fellowship was created by Michael T. Gilmore, a much-beloved faculty member, and his wife.
Due to the generosity of a donor, the Department is usually able to offer $350-500 Preyer travel grants each semester for graduate students to attend conferences or pursue research at libraries and archives.
Each fall, 4th-year PhD students receive a supplemental stipend of ~$2,000. This funding is provided by the an endowment from the Evan Frankel Foundation.
Other University Sources of Funding
Please visit the GSAS Fellowships and Grants page which includes information on conference travel reimbursement, University Prize Instructorships and Dissertation Year Fellowships.
Please visit the Graduate Students Affairs (GSA) Funding Opportunities page for information about travel grants, conference hosting funding, and the Provost Dissertation Fellowships.
Applying for external funding is an important and rewarding part of graduate school training. We encourage students to apply for short-term and full-year fellowships and several workshops are held throughout the year to workshop these applications. Links to select national fellowships are below (note that this site is updated often):
Please visit the GSAS External Funding page for additional information.
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