University of Nebraska, Lincoln

PhD Program

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Lincoln, NE
Poetry, Fiction
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
December 1, 2020
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Timothy Schaffert
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Stephen Behrendt, Kwame Dawes, Ted Kooser, Hope Wabuke, Stacey Waite
Fiction: Jonis Agee, Jennine Capó Crucet, Joy Castro, Amelia María de la Luz Montes, Chigozie Obioma, Timothy Schaffert

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Prairie Schooner, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska Press

Other Features: 

The program accepts poetry and prose (fiction/nonfiction) in alternating years; the program is currently accepting applications in prose, with a deadline of December 1. Students complete a thesis or dissertation of analysis/scholarship based on original creative activity, usually a booklength work of prose or poetry.

Alumni have been offered research/editorial opportunities with Prairie Schooner/African Poetry Book Fund, American Life in Poetry, the Cather Project, University of Nebraska Press, digital archives such as the Walt Whitman Archive and the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition Digital Archive, and other university/faculty projects and programs.


Emily Danforth, Roxane Gay, Julie Iromuanya, Lee Martin, Kristin Naca, Maria Nazos, Zachary Schomburg, SJ Sindu, Nick White