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Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants

OU students meet famous author and 2012 Neustadt Prize Laureate Rohinton Mistry.
OU students meet famous novelist and 2012 Neustadt Prize laureate Rohinton Mistry in the OMU Ballroom.

Scholarships, fellowships, and research grants are all available from World Literature Today.

Students can apply for the Ruby N. Courtney Writer's Scholarship annually in the spring semester, and scholarship recipients receive a $500 cash award.

Students can also apply for research grants any time of the year, and these grants help students who are working with visiting authors in the Neustadt and Puterbaugh courses sponsored by WLT, or who are working in areas relating to literary and international studies.

Ruby N. Courtney Writer's Scholarship

The Ruby N. Courtney Writer’s Scholarship offers financial assistance to students interested in writing and/or literature at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. Recipients of this scholarship award must be Oklahoma residents, be enrolled full-time, be in good academic standing, and have completed 30 credit hours. Scholarship recipients will receive a $500 cash award.


Download the form above to apply for the Ruby N. Courtney Writer's Scholarship.

WLT Research Grants and Fellowships

WLT accepts applications for student research grants from $25 to $200 to cover the cost of buying books and other research materials and to travel to research and conference sites. These grants are intended to assist students working with authors in the Neustadt and Puterbaugh courses sponsored by WLT.

The Neustadt Fellowships are awarded every year in the fall, and Puterbaugh Fellowships are awarded every other year in the spring (the next Puterbaugh event is scheduled for spring 2018). Student Fellows also have designated meetings with visiting writers and scholars. Specific deadline dates are posted with other information for these programs (Neustadt; Puterbaugh), but the applications are generally accepted during the semester prior to the semester of the class and (usually) during the first week or two of the semester in which the class is offered.

Also, students who are not taking these courses but are working in areas relating to literary and international studies may also apply for a general research grant. Grants are given on a monthly basis, and students may submit the following application at any time.

Click the button below to open and complete the application form.

Apply for a WLT Student Fellowship or Grant