Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) Assistantships and Fellowships
The MFA Program will offer the following fellowships for 2019-2020:
The Margaret L. Whitford Fellowship: This Fellowship carries a full-tuition remission for two years. The Whitford Fellow is responsible, with the Fellow from the previous year, for coordinating the Word Circus reading series - a monthly reading series which features four MFA students followed by an open mic. Additionally, this individual will serve as a liaison between the students and faculty. For 2019-2020 we will offer two Whitford Fellowships, one of which will be for a student of color.
Words Without Walls Fellowship: Individuals awarded this position will teach creative writing in the Words Without Walls program in the Allegheny County Jail, or Sojourner House (a rehabilitation facility for women with children). Competitive applicants for this position will have experience providing instruction in a traditional or alternative spaces especially. This position comes with a $10,000 per year award in remitted tuition. For 2019-2020 we will offer two WWW Fellowships, one of which will be for a student of color.
Teaching Assistantships: We offer a limited number of teaching assistantships that carry a $9,000/year award. The individuals awarded these positions may assist professors with undergraduate creative writing classes, teach in the Words Without Walls program, or work in the writing center. Competitive applicants for these positions will have experience providing instruction, particularly of creative writing, in the classroom or workshop environment.
The Fourth River Fellowship: The individual selected for this Fellowship will serve as managing editor of The Fourth River literary journal. The Fourth River Fellow will manage production timelines and schedules for the online and print issues of the journal, coordinate reading schedules for the Submittable queue, work closely with designers and authors, and represent Chatham's MFA program and The Fourth River at AWP, the Conversations and Connections Conference, and launch parties. This Fellowship carries a $10,000 award for one year and may be renewed for a second year.
Newsletter Editor Assistantship: This Assistantship carries a $10,000 award for one year with the possibility of applying again for the second year. This position requires attendance at all on- and off-campus MFA events in order to provide content and imagery for the monthly and annual MFA newsletter. A competitive applicant will have experience with designing newsletters or similar materials and have experience with Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher or another design software.
Research Assistantship: These positions will provide support for research and creative activity of faculty or projects of the MFA program, as well as researching and assisting with grant proposals for the program or individual faculty members. Students may also be tasked to assist with coordinating the Summer Community of Writers Residency schedule and operation or teaching. They carry a $5,000/year award. This is a one-year position which may be renewed for a second year.
EligibilityCandidates must be eligible to apply for early admission (i.e., have a 3.5 overall GPA).
Submit your 2019-2020 fellowship application here.
Deadlines & Dates
Please note that applications completed after January 15th, 2019 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- January 15, 2019
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, 2019
Early admission applicants will be notified of their admission, and finalists for the fellowships will be notified
- February 2019 (Date TBD)
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, 2019
Fellows and runners-up will be notified by this date.
- April 30, 2019
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.