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Student Programs at World Literature Today

Apply for internships, scholarships, and grants, or join the WLT Book Club or Student Advisory Board. There are tons of opportunities for involvement at WLT! Check out all our student programs below.

WLT Internships

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World Literature Today, OU’s award-winning bimonthly magazine of international literature and culture, was founded in 1927 as an academic journal. Over its eighty-seven-year history, it has come to be recognized as one of the premier literary magazines in the world. In the past ten years, WLT has also become the first university-based magazine to broaden its appeal to an audience outside the academy. (See a listing of WLT's many accomplishments in the past decade on the magazine's website.)

The WLT Book Club

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The club is open to all students, faculty, and staff at OU. Meeting once a month in Monnet Hall, members of the club join for a free lunch and discussion. Members receive a free copy of each book the club reads, and also get a rich cultural experience by reading new novels from authors all over the world.

All books are in English or translated into English, members can recommend new titles to read, and officer positions are available to undergraduate and graduate students.

For more information or to join, email Marla Johnson at

Neustadt and Puterbaugh Student Fellowships

Rohinton Mistry Book Signing


WLT offers two student fellowships: the Neustadt Student Fellowship and the Puterbaugh Student Fellowship. 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 2016).

These fellowships pay for tuition and books in the Neustadt or Puterbaugh classes WLT sponsors. 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.


Scholarships and Grants

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Scholarships and research grants are both 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.

WLT Student Advisory Board

Members of the 2014 Student Advisory Board
Members of the Student Advisory Board at the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival. Photo by Laura Hernandez.

The Student Advisory Board is an important way for OU students to get involved with OU’s literary magazine World Literature Today. It serves OU students who want leadership experience and who may be interested in magazine and book publishing as a career.

SAB members advise the WLT editors on the magazine’s content and its appeal to students. On occasion, the SAB has even suggested possible directions for the magazine’s future, and over the last decade many of WLT’s changes and advances have come from SAB advice and suggestions.

The SAB also plans social events for its members, and SAB members get priority invitations to WLT banquets and other cultural events. As an official OU student organization with its own officers and charter, the SAB receives limited funding from the University and from WLT. The World Literature Today SAB is in operation year round and welcomes new students at any time.

OU students who want to be involved with the SAB should call WLT at (405) 325-4531 or email Terri Stubblefield at