English Literature summer program for undergraduates of diverse backgrounds

deadline for submissions: 
February 11, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Rutgers English Diversity Institute (REDI)
contact email: 

The Rutgers English Diversity Institute (REDI) is now approaching its fourteenth year! This program is designed to encourage students from diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds to consider graduate study in Literatures in English.

 After hosting REDI online for the past two years, we plan to return to a week-long, in-person program, which will be held at the flagship New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University, and will run June 4th to June 11th, 2022. Students will spend their days learning about different subfields in English and American literature, and emerging fields and approaches, from faculty who are at the vanguard of these areas and developments. Current graduate students will supervise REDI students and offer advice and assistance regarding the graduate school application process, both informally and as part of a formal application workshop. The institute will cover travel and living expenses for the duration of the program and provide a stipend to each student of $750.

We have designed this program for advanced undergraduates and recent graduates who have excelled in English but who might not otherwise contemplate a career in higher education. Are you currently working with a student who might benefit from a week’s immersion in advanced literary study? Rutgers faculty who have participated in the Diversity Institute include Allan Isaac, Ann Baynes Coiro, Colin Jager, Carter Mathes, Elin Diamond, Maurice Wallace, Meredith McGill, Michael McKeon, Michelle Stephens, Rebecca Walkowitz, Andrew Goldstone, Stacy Klein, Omaris Zamora, Ryan Kernan, Lynn Festa, Leah Price, Sarah Novacich, and ourselves.

Further details about the program and an application can be found online at redi.rutgers.edu.

Please don’t hesitate to write if you have questions about REDI; we can most easily be reached at redi@english.rutgers.edu.