Summer Graduate Studies Fellowship at Rutgers

Undergraduate students who are considering going on to graduate study in English might be interested in the Rutgers English Diversity Institute summer fellowship.  Designed for students ” from diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds,” it supports a week-long stay on the Rutgers campus this summer, while paying for travel and a $500 stipend.  You need to provide two letters of support, one from a professor here at St John’s, and you need to indicate an interest in pursuing graduate studies in English for a career.

The deadline is March 1.  A copy of the application is on their website, or also here after the jump.

Rutgers English Diversity Institute (REDI)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
The Institute
This week-long program at the flagship New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University is designed to
encourage students from diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds to consider graduate
study in Literatures in English.  Students will spend their days learning about the different subfields
in English and American literature, and emerging fields and approaches, from faculty who are at the
vanguard of these developments.  Current graduate students will supervise Institute students and
offer advice and assistance regarding the graduate school application process, both informally and as
part of a formal application workshop. The Institute will cover travel and living expenses for the
duration of the program and provide a stipend to each student of $500.
Eligibility
Students who are in their junior year or later are encouraged to apply; recent graduates who intend
to pursue graduate study are also welcome. Students should exhibit good academic standing and be
interested in pursuing the study of Literatures in English as a career.
How to Apply
All applications (including supporting documents) must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2012
and sent to:
Rutgers English Diversity Institute
Department of English
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
510 George Street, Murray Hall
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1167
Responsibilities
Students agree to participate fully in the REDI program, by attending all lectures, workshops, and
discussion groups. Students are also subject to the rules and regulations of Rutgers University.
Selection
Up to fifteen students from around the country will be selected based on a comprehensive review
process. Academic records, personal statements, writing samples, and faculty recommendations will
all be evaluated. Name: Date:
Rutgers English Diversity Institute
Application for Admission
Summer 2012
Typed or printed applications should be mailed to the address below no later than March 1, 2011:
Rutgers English Diversity Institute
Department of English
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
510 George Street, Murray Hall
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1167
I. Personal Information
Name:  ________________________________________________________________________
Home Address:  _________________________________________________________________
Street
_________________________________________________________________
City State Zip Code
Phone number: (home)  ________________________ (cell)  _____________________________
Email:  ________________________________________________________________________
Date of Birth: ________________________ Place of Birth:  _____________________________
Citizenship: ________________________________ Sex: _____________________________
Ethnic Heritage:
__ African American
__ American Indian
__ Asian (Please specify:  _______________ )
__ Latino/a
__ Native of Alaska/Hawai’i
__ White/Caucasian
__ Other (Mixed race, etc.  Please  
     specify:__________________)
Are you a student with a disability?  Yes __  No __
If yes, please describe your disability and note any necessary accommodations you require.
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
How did you hear about the REDI program?  __________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________Name: Date:
II. Education
Current College/University:  _______________________________________________________
College/University Address:  _______________________________________________________
Street
________________________________________________________________
City State Zip Code
Date Enrolled: _____________________ Projected Graduation Date:  ______________________
Previous College/University Attended (if applicable):  ____________________________________
High School:  ___________________________________________________________________
High School Address:  ____________________________________________________________
Street
____________________________________________________________
City State Zip Code
Current Major/Concentration:  _____________________________________________________
Cumulative GPA:  ________________________ Major GPA:  ____________________________
Please list any honors, awards, or other recognition received while in college:
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Please list any significant extracurricular or work experiences form your college career:
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
Please list all English courses taken, with grades achieved. For current courses, estimate grades.
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________Name: Date:
IV. Additional Materials
A) Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a faculty member at your current
college/university who is sponsoring your application. Recommendations should be sent directly
to the Rutgers English Diversity Institute address on the first page of this application packet.
Please provide contact information for your letter writers below.
1) Name of Faculty Sponsor: _____________________________________________________
Department:  ___________________________________________________________________
College/University:  ______________________________________________________________
College/University Address:  _______________________________________________________
Street
________________________________________________________________
City State Zip Code
Email Address: _____________________Telephone number: _______________________
2) Name of Additional Reference: _________________________________________________
Department:  ___________________________________________________________________
College/University:  ______________________________________________________________
College/University Address:  _______________________________________________________
Street
________________________________________________________________
City State Zip Code
Email Address: _____________________Telephone number: _______________________
B) Write a brief essay (500-750 words) on your academic and professional goals.  How do you imagine
that your particular background and life experience will contribute to the field of English and
American literary studies?
C) Please submit a writing sample (typically an analytical paper you wrote for an English class). 
D) Please request that a copy of your most recent transcript be sent to the address above.
My signature below indicates that, to the best of my knowledge, the information given on this
application is true, complete, and accurate.
Signature: ________________________________________ Date: _________________________
Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2012.
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I teach Shakespeare and early modern literature at St. John's in New York City.

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