The Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) Online Application will be available to currently registered Western graduate students, and to active applicants for admission to Western's graduate degree programs. The Scholarship has a value of $15,000 for one year ($5,000) per graduate term) and will support a scholar during the 2018-19 academic year. It is important to know that each Ontario university operates its own OGS application process, and that you may apply for an OGS through each university to which you seek admission in 2018-19. 

Deadline to begin an OGS application is USUALLY JANUARY.
Deadline to submit your finalized OGS application is USUALLY January.

In recent years, some of our English students have gone on to graduate and professional programs at the University of Toronto, Queen's University, McGill University, Western University, and the University of St Andrews, among many others.

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One-Year MA in English

Founded in 1960, Carleton’s versatile MA in English enables students to study literature and textuality across a variety of national and transnational contexts, historical periods, and genres. There are three paths through the program: (1) coursework only, (2) coursework and MA Research Paper, or (3) coursework and MA Thesis. Each of these program streams is designed to be completed within one year of study. One-year Collaborative MAs in English and Digital Humanities and English and African Studies are also available.

PhD in The Production of Literature

Carleton’s PhD English program, The Production of Literature, recognizes the shaping power of cultural context for understanding the production of literature. It is devoted to the study of the production, circulation and reception of texts within and across established fields, historical periods and genres. It addresses questions about what people understand by the idea of literature in different times and places and why it matters; about who should have access to literature, either as readers or writers; about the power of literature to forge communities and, in doing so, to be a force for change; and about how these issues are mediated by the shaping influence of broader legal, technological, political and social contexts.

Recent graduates of the PhD program have completed thesis research on: Romanticism and the Museum; The Global Literary Canon and Minor African Literatures; Dissident Diasporas and Genres of Maroon Witness; and Post-911 Literature and Visual Culture. Currently some of our doctoral students are developing dissertation projects on feminist modernisms; comic books and literariness; recent American literature and the politics taste; Antarctica in American literature and popular culture; neoliberalism and British literature; queer diaspora; video game studies; Indigenous writing, activism, and land claims; and early Canadian war writing.

Guaranteed Financial Support

Financial support for full-time domestic students accepted into the MA or the PhD is guaranteed in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and Departmental Scholarship. Students may also have the opportunity to work as Research Assistants for specific faculty members.

Outstanding Faculty and Graduate Seminars

Carleton’s Department of English is home to a friendly, knowledgeable, and award-winning faculty, whose research interests run the full gamut of English Studies, from Old English to Postcolonial literatures to Popular Culture and the Digital Humanities. We have strong thematic and methodological interests in questions of identity, political discourse, cultural theory, literary sociology, and interdisciplinarity, and are excited to share our expertise with emerging graduate researchers.

Each year, the department offers an exciting slate of graduate seminars that bring literary periods, authors, theorists, genres, and national traditions into conversation with current debates and salient concerns. It routinely offers graduate seminars on topics like: diaspora and postcolonialism; literature and medicine; the human and the non-human; histories of reading and authorship; graphic narrative and comic studies; power and empire; gender, sex, and sexuality; biopolitics and race; modernity and neoliberalism; rhetoric and ethics; counterculture and transgression; intertextuality and remediation; environment and ecocriticism; science fiction and utopia; gerontology; temporality; human rights; print culture and book history. Core courses offered at both the MA and the PhD level offer incoming students guidance on writing successful grant applications, teaching and grading, research and writing, career planning, and other practical matters pertaining to graduate school.

A preview of next year's graduate course offerings will soon be available here:


We believe in seeing our students through every stage of graduate life by offering the best faculty mentorship available. All of our graduate students receive area-targeted faculty mentorship when applying for external sources of funding and to graduate programs, postdoctoral positions, and careers beyond the MA and PhD. In addition to their supervisors, all PhD students are also assigned non-specialist faculty mentors who provide them with additional institutional and professional guidance. Mentorship and training for Teaching Assistants is available throughout the year.

Life in English

Students accepted into our programs enjoy a lively and collegial departmental life both inside and outside the classroom. The department hosts a range of activities, events, and services: annual MA and PhD Colloquia for the presentation of graduate student research; conferences, colloquia, and lectures by visiting speakers (past presenters include: Daniel Worden, Jodi Dean, Priscilla Wald, Alan Galey, Heather Murray, Mary Poovey, Peter Stallybrass, Ato Quayson, Timothy Brennan, Seth Lerer, Christine Bold, Linda Hutcheon, Lynn Coady, Michael Ondaatje, and Wole Soyinka); monthly research talks by Carleton faculty; a variety of reading and research groups, including our long-running and popular grad student theory reading group, BABEL; a monthly coffee and doughnuts for faculty and grad students; and the “Oscar Wildecats” softball team.

If you would like to learn more about the MA or the PhD program in English at Carleton, it would be a pleasure to talk with you. Please visit our website at for more information or get in touch with me at

The deadline for funding-eligible applications is February 1, 2017.

(Brock University MA Program)Brock University is still accepting applications for the MA in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts.

This is an interdisciplinary and inter faculty program that not only focuses on the study of literature from various constituencies, but also examines the ways in which literature enters into dialogue with the fine and performing arts. Throughout the program, students examine contemporary approaches to texts of various types, as well as the possibilities and problems that arise in comparative studies, including issues related to the translation and adaptation of works. Through coursework, students are encouraged to develop a cross-disciplinary understanding of how works of art or cultural production evolve, are received, and are interpreted.

For more information about the program, contact: Cristina Santos at

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The Early Modern Center at UCSB supports a community of scholars and students committed to innovative approaches to studies of the early modern period, from 1500 to 1800.  We have dynamic and committed faculty members in both the English Renaissance (Patricia Fumerton, Andrew Griffin, Ken Hiltner, James Kearney) and the eighteenth-century (Elizabeth Cook, Rachael King, William Warner).  The EMC fosters interdisciplinary research, hosts colloquia and conferences, and houses groundbreaking digital humanities initiatives, such as the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA), The Early Modern British Theater: Access (EMBTA), and the new multi-media e-press, EMC Imprint

Our graduate program encourages applications from students who have excelled academically despite economic or social disadvantages, as well as those who bring innovative perspectives, research topics, and/or career interests that advance the department’s goals of excellence and diversity. 

UCSB English is unique for its collaborative research initiatives.  While offering a full range of literary historical periods, national and global literatures written in English, and critical approaches, the department has eight centers in addition to research initiatives that cut across traditional boundaries to allow faculty and students to collaborate on cutting–edge research activities and courses.  Besides Early Modern Studies, other research fields include American Cultures and Global Contexts, American Literature, American Race and Ethnic Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, Literature and Film, Literature and Technology, Literature and the Environment, Literature and the Mind, Modernism, Post-Colonial Studies, Renaissance Literature, Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature, Romantic Literature, Theories of Gender and Sexualities, Transcriptions: The Culture of Information, Twentieth Century Anglophone Literature, and Victorian Literature.

We offer both an M.A./Ph.D. and a Ph.D. degree. Our graduates go on to successful careers in academia, publishing, marketing, instructional technology, and other areas.

Application requirements are detailed on a central Graduate Division website in addition to our department's webpage. Please refer to both:

Graduate Division: 

English Department page: 

We aim to ensure that all our students are fully funded through university and departmental fellowships and teaching/research assistantships, with a combination of these forms of funding through the fifth year of academic study.

Our application portal is currently open and available to receive applications: