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The University of Arizona — College of Humanities

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
College of Humanities
Degrees Awarded:
English Language/Linguistics ESL (MA), Rhetoric, Composition and Teaching English (PhD)
Admissions Deadlines:
December 31 (Fall)- Rhetoric, Composition and Teaching English
January 15 (Fall)- EL/L English as a Second Language
Program Start:
August, January for some departments.
Program Founded:
April, 2001


Up to $20,000 in tuition support, need-based scholarships, work study options, AmeriCorps opportunities, and paid internships at government and nonprofit organizations in southern Arizona and Mexico border area. Fellows participate in professional development and community service opportunities.


The MA/ESL program is specifically designed to develop leaders in the TESOL field, and attracts students from all over the world. The program strongly emphasizes theory and research, and many graduates go on to PhD studies in linguistics and applied linguistics, while others assume increasingly responsible positions in the US or their home countries. Most EL/L faculty have experience teaching English in other countries, and have achieved international recognition for their work.

The graduate program in RCTE provides an education in rhetoric and composition that will help students develop in themselves and others the literacies needed for citizenship in a world of diversity and change. Students in the program take courses in the history of rhetoric, composition theory, literary theory, research methodology, composition pedagogy, language, and literature, and may take courses in complementary fields outside English. In general, the program's courses examine discourse practices and theories in various cultural and educational contexts--historical and contemporary, oral and literate, literary and practical, elite and "popular."

Access the UA PCF and departmental websites and faculty research profiles for program details, research interests, and online application information.


Apply online to the academic program, as well as to the Fellows program. Applicants must be admitted by The University of Arizona Graduate College and selected for admission to the Fellows program. Fellows carry out a 450 hour internship each year, and participate in community service projects and professional development opportunities. Renewal of funding depends on academic progress and meeting service obligations.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Georgia Ehlers

Graduate College
P.O. Box 210066
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0066
(520) 621-9103
(520) 621-4101

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