Funding Opportunities

On this page, you will find information about the funding opportunities available for Chatham's creative writing program.

The priority application deadline for creative writing Graduate Assistantship consideration is February 15. Review of assistantship applications will continue after this deadline on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Graduate Assistantship award recipients will be notified in the spring.

Margaret Lehr Whitford MFA’07 Fellowship in Writing

This fellowship covers full tuition 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. *Note: this is a full tuition award.

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. *Note: this position involves 15 hours per week of work during the academic year, with a $10,000 remitted tuition award. 

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. *Note: this position involves 15 hours per week of work during the academic year, with a $9,000 remitted tuition award.

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. *Note: this is a $2,500 award.

The Fourth River Fellowship

The individual selected for this position 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 submittal 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.