- Guggenheim Fellow (1973)
- Guggenheim Fellow (1960)
Allen Phillips received a B.A. from Dartmouth College before serving in the Army Air Corps in England and France during World War II (1939-1945). He received an M.A. from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1955, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His academic career began at the University of Michigan, followed by appointments at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Chicago, and at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). He retired from UCSB in 1983 as professor emeritus.
Phillips was awarded two John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships in Spanish and Portuguese literature in 1960 and 1973, elected a corresponding member of the Mexican Academy, and bestowed the Knighthood of the Order of Alfonso X the Wise in the name of the King of Spain in recognition of his contributions to the study of Spanish literature.
Phillips passed away in San Diego, California, on March 18, 2011.