Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) Assistantships and Fellowships
The MFA Program will offer the following fellowships for 2013-2014:
The Margaret L. Whitford Fellowship : This Fellowship carries a full-tuition remission for two years. This Fellow will be expected to take a leadership role in the MFA student organization.
The Rachel Carson Fellowship : This Research Assistant Fellowship carries a $10,000 stipend for one year with the possibility of applying again for the second year. Duties involve providing content for and designing the annual MFA newsletter, and assisting the MFA Program Director with other duties.
The Fourth River Fellowship : This Fellowship carries a $10,000 stipend for one year and duties as managing editor of The Fourth River literary journal. May apply again for the second year.
Teaching Assistantships : We offer a limited number of teaching assistantships that carry a $9,000/year stipend. Duties may include assisting professors with undergraduate creative writing classes, teaching in the Chatham Words Without Walls program in the Allegheny County Jail, and possibly work in the writing center.
Please download the FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION and submit with your application to the program if you are interested in any of these fellowships.
EligibilityCandidates must be eligible to apply for early admission (i.e., have a 3.5 overall GPA).
Deadlines & Dates
Please note that applications completed after January 15th will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- January 15th, 2014
Early Application and Fellowship Application: if you wish to be considered for early admission and for one of our fellowships, we must receive all of your materials by this date.
- February 15, 2014
Early admission applicants will be notified of their admission, and finalists for the fellowships will be notified
- March 1, 2014 (Saturday)
Interview day for fellowship finalists and open house for admitted MFA students. We will sponsor a tour of the campus, lunch, and meetings with MFA faculty.
- April 8, 2014
Fellows and runners-up will be notified by this date.
- April 30, 2014
Fellows must notify us of their acceptance of the fellowship by this date or we will give the fellowship to the next person on our list.