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Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship in Professional Communication

The English Department at Utah State University is delighted to announce that we will award a four-year fellowship to the Theory and Practice of Professional Communication (TPPC) program’s top applicant. This fellowship is part of USU’s Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship program.



The Program

The Theory and Practice of Professional Communication (TPPC) doctoral program defines the field of professional communication broadly, allowing students to engage diverse topics ranging from social justice to critical theories of technology, from rhetorics of community to online pedagogy, from crisis communication to computer gaming. In particular, our program is becoming known for addressing issues of social justice, community engagement, diversity, and service learning-- issues that can be explored with partners from a variety of fields and backgrounds. Our students have opportunities to craft and pursue their own, field-specific research agendas and to gain teaching experience as the instructors of record for a range of undergraduate courses in professional and technical communication.

The Faculty

In the English Department, you'll be working alongside winners of prestigious national awards, experienced journal editors, and field leaders. The core faculty in TPPC are experts in areas such as rhetorical theory, genre theory, online education, proposal and grant writing, editing, visual rhetoric, and qualitative methods. Our faculty's research interests include topics such as the effects of technologies on collective activism, technical communication in humanitarian organizations, emergent technologies and human agency in gaming culture, quality of content in complex information systems, and rhetorics of silence and spaces. Learn more about our faculty's research interests.

The Facilities

TPPC students have the opportunity to work in well-equipped, up-to-date facilities. Merrill-Cazier Library houses the latest in information technology and serves as the intellectual center of campus. Within the English Department, there is a two-lab learning suite with industry-standard software; desktop, laptop, and tablet computers; smartboard technology; and other digital tools and equipment for use by our students, instructors, and researchers. The teaching lab offers a state-of-the-art environment for instruction, while the open lab is available to facilitate the production of communication using text, graphics, sound, and still and moving images.

The Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship
  • Four-year fellowship
  • $20,000 stipend (each year for four years)
  • Full-tuition award (each year for four years)
  • Health insurance
  • Reserved spot in an intensive grant-writing workshop
  • Enrollment in the Research Scholars Certification Program
  • Reserved spot in a training session and presentation session at USU's annual Graduate Research Symposium
  • One-on-one support from the Associate Vice President for Graduate and Undergraduate Research

The fellowship supports two years of research and coursework, followed by two years of research and teaching one course per semester, enabling the recipient to develop both research and teaching expertise in the field before graduation.

Anyone who would like to apply for this fellowship should:

  • Have scored above the 70th percentile on the GRE
  • Have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Have completed a master's degree in a related field
  • Have applied to the Ph.D. program by January 15, 2015

This fellowship is highly competitive, and applicants are encouraged to contact Director of English Graduate Studies Jared Colton at for more information.