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Fellowships & Assistantships

Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing

The MFA Program will offer the following fellowships for 2020-2021:

+ Graduate Teaching Fellow

The individuals awarded with these positions will assist professors with undergraduate creative writing classes, teaching in the Words Without Walls program in the Allegheny County Jail, and possible 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. 

+ Margaret Lehr Whitford MFA '07 Fellowship in Writing (2 positions)

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 2020-2021, we will offer two Whitford Fellowships, one of which will be designated for a student of color. 

+ Robert Hull Mansell Endowed Fellowship

The name of this endowed fund shall be the Robert Hull Mansell Endowed Fellowship in Poetry. The purpose of this fellowship endowment shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to an incoming, full-time Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing student with a genre focus in poetry who has financial need and a GPA of a 3.5 or greater. If no incoming student meets the above criteria in an academic year, the award will be returned to principal.

+ Words Without Walls Fellowship (2 positions)

The individual awarded with this position will assist professors with undergraduate creative writing classes and teaching 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 space. For 2020-2021, one award will be designated for a student of color. 

+ Graduate Assistantship - Special Projects

This position will provide support for research, creative activity of faculty or special projects of the MFA program. This could include 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.  This is a one-year position (which may be renewed for a second year).

+ Student Services Coordinator - Professional Graduate Assistant

These positions are responsible for delivering services and programs related to student engagement, learning and development. In these roles, the Coordinators will support areas of Student Affairs including Student Engagement, Residence Life, Counseling, Health & Wellness Services, and Multicultural Affairs. In these roles, Coordinators will work on projects related to student retention, community development, student programs and events, assist with advising student organizations as well as managing campus events including night and weekend activities.


Candidates must be eligible to apply for early admission (i.e., have a 3.5 overall GPA).

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Deadlines & Dates

Please note that applications completed after Feburary 15th, 2020 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • February 15, 2020
    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.
  • March 1, 2020
    Early admission applicants will be notified of their admission, and finalists for the fellowships/assistantships will be notified.
  • March 2020 (Date TBD) 
    Interview day for fellowship/assistantship finalists will be communicated by the MFACW Team.
  • March 15, 2020
    Fellows and runners-up will be notified by this date.
  • March 30, 2020
    Fellows must return signed contracts accepting the assistantship/fellowship by this date.
  • April 2020
    Runners-up will be notified until all assistantship/fellowship positions are filled through the Fall 2020 start of courses.