College of Arts and Sciences

John Mahoney Research Fellowship

John Mahoney Research Fellowship in English was established in April 2000. The fellowship award is to be used to support academic project(s) not easily facilitated on campus due to limitations of faculty, resources, setting, or other. Included within these broad parameters might be travel to academic conferences, workshops, or institutes in English or other field related to the recipient's program of study; travel costs associated with research; or other.


  • The recipient must be a student who has completed at least one semester of work in the Department of English. If the recipient is holding a teaching assistantship in the department he/she must have completed at least six hours. If the recipient is holding a graduate assistantship in the department he/she must have completed at least nine hours.
  • The recipient must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA.

How to apply

To apply, please submit:

  • A one or two page letter describing your project, your proposed research visit, and the importance of this travel to your research. Please be detailed and specific.
  • An itemized budget which indicates anticipated expenses.

Deadline for Application

Submit your proposal to the English Graduate Office by (End of March/Early April) every year. If you have questions about your application, see the Director of Graduate Studies in English for clarification.

Additional Requirements

Mahoney Fellows will receive a letter from the Director of Graduate Studies in English stating the amount of the fellowship and the process of travel reimbursement. Fellows are required to write a two page report describing their research experiences, accomplishments, and expenses. This report must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies in English within two weeks after the reimbursement of travel receipts.

Other Information:

  • John Mahoney, WIU English Alumni, has passed away. WIU Facebook Post. See Peoria Journal Star article
  • Frazier's Dad, Western Grad Helps Next Generation Scholars (part 1, part 2)

Past Mahoney Fellowships

The Mahoney Fellowship is awarded in Spring to students for the purposes of conducting off-campus research. Past recipients have used the Mahoney Fellowship for archival research and study abroad.

  • Spring 2019: Francesca Hamm to visit the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas and the Colonial Mexican Imprint Collection at the Cushing Library at Texas A&M's College Station campus.
  • Spring 2018: Kristin Sheppard to visit the New York Public Library Archive and Manuscripts and Philadelphia Public Library's Special Collections in order to further her study on Romantics.
  • Spring 2017: Kirsten Dillender for presenting new research on the intersections between environmentalism and liberalism at the 12th Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) Biennial Conference at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan; and Bo Plumer for study abroad at University of Mannheim in Germany.
  • Spring 2016: Cody Cunningham for archival research on James M. Barrie's Peter Pan
  • Spring 2015: Chelsea Brotherton for attending the 14th Annual Book History Workshop at the Texas A&M University's Cushing Library; and Julianna Kaiser for conducting archival research at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University.
  • Spring 2014: Zoey Schmalz for research at the Titanic Museum in Springfield, MO; and Alexandra Ayers for presenting her archival research project on the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) at the International Writing Centers Association and National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in Orlando, FL.
  • Spring 2013: Nicole Hagstrom-Schmidt for travel to and participation in Texas A&M Book History Workshop.
  • Spring 2011: Leah Christensen
  • Spring 2010: no award
  • Spring 2009: Andrew Hoogheem, Travis Moran, and Tracey Winbigler.
  • Spring 2008: Craig Finlay, for archival research on George Gordon, Lord Byron; and Emily Brackman for research at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University in Ames, IA
  • Fall 2007: Pat Druckenmiller, "Aha Punana Leo: Language Immersion Preschools of Hawai’i“
  • Fall 2006 and Spring 2007: Flannery Scott, Andrew Scott, Bridgette Parsons, and Tsugumi Murata participated in pre-conference seminars sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) June 12-16 in Spartanburg, SC.
  • Spring 2005: Christine Kienol-Berlett, to attend a writers’ workshop at the University of Iowa.
  • Spring 2002: Kristin Bivens, for research supporting her thesis, “Uncommon Voices: An Examination of the Revolutionary Writings of Sally Wister and Anna Green Winslow.”