All applicants are automatically considered for a Graduate Fellowship based on merit. No separate application is needed. You will learn of any fellowship award at the time we notify you of your acceptance to the program. Each year, we provide a small number of limited fellowships on a competitive basis; they’re awarded to the top candidates in each genre.
Post-graduate Teaching Fellowship
Recent graduates of the MFA program can apply to teach the Introduction to Creative Writing for Non-majors course offered by the undergraduate English Department. The fellow will teach craft fundamentals to students at a beginning level, drawing on literary models in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction; provide creative prompts for student writing and helpful feedback on student work; and foster engagement with literature and creative writing.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Poetry Fellowship
This fellowship honors Lawrence Ferlinghetti
who published and supported the work of writers who were
outsiders―outside traditional academia or traditional social
conventions. In his long career, Ferlinghetti has been a staunch
proponent of First Amendment rights, including free speech. This
fellowship, which provides full tuition funding, is awarded bi-annually
to an applicant in poetry whose work embodies a concern for social
justice and freedom of expression, interpreted in the broadest possible
way. Applicants are eligible to apply in 2015.
The Zivic Fellowship, named after MFA alumna Jan Zivic, recognizes and supports an outstanding fiction or nonfiction student currently in the MFA program. To be considered, students must submit a writing sample and a one page statement to the MFA program. The fellowship is distributed in the fall semester of the student's second year.
MFA fiction student, Ian Jacoby, is the Zivic Fellow for 2014.