Below is a list of resources for students. Some guides and lists are entirely student created while others are created in collaboration with faculty. The ESA Editorial Committee is responsible for reviewing these resources, updating them and over-seeing the creation of new resources. If you have a question about any of these resources, please contact the members of the committee, listed on the About the ESA page.

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Student evaluations of past English PhD courses at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Grants and Fellowships

A collection of external grants and fellowships available to doctoral students in the English program.

Comprehensive Examination

Comprehending the Comprehensives
A guide for students studying for the comprehensive exams, including advice from readers and students, and sample essays.
NOTE: This guide is for the current comprehensive exam format. However, the comprehensive examination is currently under review by the English Program Curriculum Committee and may change in the near future. This guide will be updated when the changes become official.

Oral Examination

Introduction to the Orals

Selecting Your Orals Committee

Making Lists

Sample Orals Lists


Sample Prospectuses


Sample Dissertation Abstracts & Research Descriptions

Teaching Resources

Teaching and Learning Center Guides 

Resources for Teaching About Ferguson, Race, and Police Brutality
Suggestions for resources to use in CUNY classrooms to teach about events in Ferguson, MO, compiled by ESA member Liz Goetz.

ESL/TESOL Bibliography and Resources

Sample Teaching Statements


Links for Job/Postdoc Posts

Academic Job Search Websites and Strategies

Sample Dissertation Abstracts & Research Descriptions

Sample Teaching Statements

Sample CVs

Sample Cover Letters

Job Letter Template

Sample CV Template

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