The PhD program, with its coursework, exams, guided dissertation research, and training in teaching aims to place graduates in post-secondary teaching positions. Financial support, including health insurance and tuition remission, is awarded to all PhD students from the first through the fifth year of study, with a significant number of students receiving support in the sixth year of study. As part of their package, PhD students teach one course per semester in years two through four of the program. The fifth year of study is a fully funded year dedicated entirely to writing the dissertation without teaching obligations. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences awards Sixth-year Dissertation Fellowships to select graduate students. These fellowships provide stipend and tuition support and require only half-time teaching, freeing up a significant ammount of time for dissertation writing. Students in the English Department have been very successful in winning these fellowships. Beyond this, students may receive tuition remission, fees, and a salary in consideration for teaching in the sixth and seventh years. Government loans and work-study funding are also available. Students typically complete the doctoral degree in six to seven years. Virginia makes every effort to place its students and has a good record of doing so. Recent recipients of the PhD have found teaching positions at such institutions as Illinois, Ohio Wesleyan, Harvard, Virginia Commonwealth University, Iowa, McGill, Nevada, MIT, Dartmouth, Bowling Green, New Mexico State, Penn, North Carolina, Rutgers, Fordham, Tufts, Wake Forest, and Berkeley.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
As of fall 2016, PhD students entering the program will receive a financial package consisting of tuition, fees, one-person health-insurance coverage, and at least $26,000 living support. This award, made up of fellowships and teaching-assistantships, will be maintained up to a total of five years contingent on satisfactory academic performance. Standard teaching responsibilities for a doctoral student in English involve teaching two courses per year across years 2-4 of the program (with no teaching in years 1 and 5); fellowship funds beyond teaching wages complete the support we are presently offering for years 1-5, with some annual funding for conference travel and additional dissertation-year funding awarded if and as our resources permit. (A few merit fellowships are available on a competitive basis: all applicants to the PhD program are automatically considered for these.) Students in their sixth year and beyond, who continue to make good progress toward the degree, are eligible for a select number of sixth-year dissertation fellowships and for teaching when such assignments are available.
To qualify for the department’s program of support, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress. In cases of serious academic deficiency (e.g., a pattern of poor grades in courses or repeated failure to complete work on time), a student may be asked to leave the program.