2014 Deadline: TBA
The English Department awards fellowships that support summer projects or graduate study. Detailed applications must be submitted along with references or recommendations for serious consideration. Please note the application instructions following the descriptions. Specific deadlines will be posted once determined.
For frosh, sophomores and juniors:
Founded in 1854 by the mother of Stephen Olin, President 1839-41 and 1842-51 and later increased by gifts of Stephen Henry Olin, Class of 1866 and Acting President 1922-23, and his wife. Awarded in recognition of achievement in English to support independent research or creative writing. The fellowships are to be used for work in English outside the Wesleyan course structure. Suitable projects may include, for example, study in an academic program, research, training in research methods, or sustained work on a piece of writing.
Olin Fellowships are awarded to support independent research or creative writing. The Fellowships are to be used for work in English outside the Wesleyan course structure. Such work may consist of research (in preparation for your thesis, for example) or training in research methods, study in an academic program, or creative writing.
Olin Fellowships are available to prospective sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Please note: current seniors are not eligible. Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of your project's merit, your ability to carry it out, and in recognition of both promise and achievement in English studies. Your financial need will be a factor although it is not the primary consideration.
- Awards will be announced by early May.
- A report on your Olin project is due on the first day of classes in September.
- Applications must include a copy of the Olin Fellowship application form, click on link below.
- Selected Olin applications from previous Olin winners are available upon request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a link will be provided.
- Completed applications may be submitted electronically to: email@example.com
with the Subject heading of : Olin Fellowship.
If submitting in hardcopy please return to the English Department office in
Downey House, 294 High Street #204 by Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by 4:30 PM. Please also submit an electronic version as instructed above for our files.
- Please Note: Only two faculty References are now required, and not written recommendations.
- Juniors: If applying for the Olin Fellowship, the same documentation may be used to apply for the Annie Sonnenblick Award (see under Prizes.)
For graduating seniors and recent graduates:
Established in 1938, in memory of Professor Caleb Thomas Winchester, by his widow. For graduating seniors and recent graduates, to support graduate work in literature or writing.
The English Department awards Winchester Fellowships for graduate work in writing. The Fellowship is particularly intended to support work for the Ph.D. You must already be admitted to a graduate program in order to receive a fellowship. The fellowship and the application procedure are described below. All material, including letters of recommendation, should be in by that date.
Winchester awards will be made to the same person no more than twice, except in unusual circumstances.
The Winchester award is intended to be used as a substantial supplement to fellowships, teaching assistantships, and the like, or to enable students to undertake research or travel.
Policy: The Department will consider your academic achievement at
Wesleyan, your potential for achievement in graduate school, and
your financial need. These three considerations may not be applied
with equal weight in every case, but all three will have some bearing
on the award.
Procedure: If you wish to apply for a Winchester Fellowship, please submit
to the English Department office an application which includes:
a) a letter describing how you plan to use the fellowship
b) a copy of your Wesleyan transcript and transcript(s) for any
graduate work you have completed
c) a financial statement, listing expenses and income (other
fellowships, job, savings, etc.) Please request a specific amount from the Winchester Committee.
d) the names of two people who have agreed to supply letters of recommendation by the deadline below. If you are a senior or have not begun graduate school, these should be members of the English department. If you are already in graduate school, at least one letter must be from a member of your graduate department.
e) Be sure to include your full name, address, phone number, and email if you are a current graduate student.
Letters of recommendation can be sent as electronic files to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject heading: Winchester Fellowship recommendation. Hard copy recommendations should be sent to: Attn: Liz Tinker, Winchester Fellowship, English Department, Wesleyan University, 294 High Street Middletown, CT 06459.
e) Electronic submissions should be sent in PDF format to: email@example.com with the Subject heading: Winchester Fellowship. Hard copy submissions should be addressed: English Department, Winchester Fellowship, Wesleyan University, 294 High Street #204, Middletown, CT 06459, Attn: Liz Tinker
2014 DEADLINE: TBA