Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for REDI?

Is there a minimum page requirement for the writing sample?

Can I email my application?

Can non-English majors apply?

I've been accepted into a graduate program, can I still apply?

Do both letters of recommendation have to be written by professors?

What is the selection process like?

What will REDI students receive?

What are REDI students responsible for?

Where will REDI students be living?

Should REDI students bring their own laptops?

Can REDI students bring their cars?

Are meals provided in this program?

What is the schedule?

 


› Who is eligible to apply for REDI?

Current advanced college students (juniors and seniors), as well as recent graduates with bachelor's degrees, who are from diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. Applicants should be interested in pursuing graduate study in English or American literature. Applicants must have a sponsoring faculty member from their home institutions. Non-US students are welcome to apply, but will not receive a stipend. Accepted students must comply with Rutgers University’s COVID-19 immunization policy, which currently requires at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.


› Is there a minimum page requirement for the writing sample?

There is no minimum page requirement for the writing sample, though the usual is 7–10 double-spaced pages. Your writing sample should demonstrate your analytical writing skills and high-level capacity to engage with a literary text.


› Can I email my application ?

To apply, you must complete the google form. The only materials that should be emailed are your transcripts and two letters of recommendation. Inform your recommenders that their letter should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You should submit your transcripts separately, to that same e-mail.


› What is the selection process?

Up to fifteen students from around the country will be selected based on a comprehensive review process. In addition to the application form, academic records, personal statements, writing samples, and faculty recommendations will also be evaluated. Successful applicants will be notified in the Spring. 


› I’ve already been accepted into a graduate program, can I still apply?

Yes, if you haven't already started. The REDI summer program has something to offer to a wide range of students. Students who are completely uncertain about pursuing graduate study, students already accepted into programs, and everyone in-between can benefit equally though differently from the program.


› Do both of my letters of recommendation have to be written by professors?

No. Although it is best if both letters are written by professors, only one of the two required letters needs to come from a professor.


› What will REDI students receive?

Rutgers University and REDI will cover travel and living expenses for the duration of the program. Additionally, each US student will receive a $750 stipend.


› What are REDI students responsible for?

Students agree to participate fully in the REDI program by attending all lectures, workshops, and discussion groups. Participation includes completing the reading and writing assginments. Students are also subject to the rules and regulations of Rutgers University.


› Where will REDI students be living?

Students will be living in student housing at the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick, NJ. Each student will be paired with a roommate of the same gender.


› Should REDI students bring their own laptops?

Students will have access to computers in the Plangere Writing Center and laptops in the Writers House Collaboratory. Students are also encouraged to bring their own laptops (if available) for convenience.


› Can REDI students bring their cars?

Students who are driving to REDI will have access to on-campus parking near Stonier Hall and in Murray Hall.


› Are meals provided in this program?

All meals are provided free of charge to REDI students, including dining expenses for off-campus outings. Students with special dietary needs should contact us ahead of time to make special arrangements.


› What is the schedule?

Each day of the REDI week, students will participate in seminars and workshops. All meals are shared as a group. Personal time and study periods are also scheduled during each day. The schedule for the current or most recent REDI week can be found at REDI Schedule


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Contact Information

Rutgers English Diversity Institute
Department of English
Rutgers, The State University
of New Jersey
510 George Street, Murray Hall
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1167


E: redi@english.rutgers.edu
T: 848.932.7424

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