Application Instructions and Required Documents

Please submit all of the following documents and your faculty recommender’s information with your application to the UCD-SPLASH program email at

  1. Statement of Program Interest, no more than two pages, double-spaced (approximately 600 words):
    • Describe your preparation for doing literary research – coursework, specific papers that you have written, or other academic projects that you have undertaken.
    • Describe your research interests: what topics, authors, and/or historical periods are you interested in pursuing? What critical questions are you hoping to address through literary research and what draws you to those questions?
    • Discuss your academic goals: how might your participation in the UCD SPLASH Program assist you in your academic and career goals? How will it benefit your undergraduate and graduate school plans?
  2. College-level writing sample.  Please submit a college paper (5-10 pages in length), double-spaced, on a topic related to either one’s major, minor or graduate study interests.
  3. Copy of college/university transcripts; unofficial is fine
  4. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member at home institution (to be sent directly from recommender to

Application Due: November 16, 2016 (5pm PST)


  • Focus in literary and cultural analysis
  • Interest in pursuing a PhD program in the Humanities
  • Good academic standing