Thesis Fellowship | stipend w/tuition waiver
Three awards, one in poetry and two in prose.
Eligible students must have 12-15 credit hours remaining in their degree program. Full-time student registration required for the fall semester. Spring semester requires full-time registration unless a student has fewer than 9 credit-hours to complete his or her degree program, in which case the student registers for the number of credits he or she needs in order to graduate.
Heritage Writer Fellowship in Poetry | stipend w/ tuition waiver
One award, not open to prose students.
Eligible students must have 9-12 credit-hours remaining in their degree program. Full-time student registration required for the fall semester. Spring semester requires full-time registration unless a student has fewer than 9 credit-hours to complete his or her degree program, in which case the student registers for the number of credits he or she needs in order to graduate.
1. The primary intent of the fellowships is to support students as they work on their theses, so the application process mirrors the thesis proposal process in that students submit a proposal and a writing sample, and the package represents the student’s proposed project for the coming year. The proposal should discuss the nature of the project, where the student is in his or her work on the project, and an expected completion schedule. The writing sample may come from a draft of the proposed project or, if that is not available, an applicant may submit a writing sample that closely resembles the writing she or he expects to carry out in the final version of the project.
2. TAs and non-TAs may apply. Students may not hold two positions. If a student holding a TA is awarded a fellowship, he or she must resign the assistantship to accept the fellowship.
3. The Completion Fellowship and Honors Awards formerly presented by the program have been discontinued due to funding shifts by the provost and dean.
Fellowship Application Guidelines:
1. The Fall 2018 fellowship application for prose deadline is noon on Monday, February 5, 2018. No applications can be considered if submitted after the deadline. Given the possibilities of technological glitches, applicants are advised to file well ahead of the deadline.
2. Applications should be submitted electronically as email attachments. All documents included in the fellowship application must be merged into one PDF document before being attached and submitted.
Instructions on how to save a document as PDF:
Attached applications should be sent to Jay Patel by the deadline.
3. All applications should include the following: one fellowship application cover sheet (download .pdf | .doc), one narrative/statement describing the writing project or thesis idea, and one writing sample containing writing true to what the faculty should expect to see later in the project, which is assumed to be the student’s thesis.
4. Poetry students should submit 10-15 pages of poetry, one poem per page, as their writing sample. Poets should describe the vision for their project and how the included poems relate to the final project, assumed to be the student’s thesis. They also should indicate how much of the project currently is drafted, and any special considerations, such as whether research is planned, and they should estimate a completion date.
5. Prose students are not limited in the number of pages they submit and should turn in a book chapter or two short stories or essays, as appropriate to their genre. The sample should be sufficient to give all faculty reading applications an awareness of the applicant’s writing, whether the student has studied with all faculty yet or not. Applicants should discuss the project in some detail, explaining the scope and vision of it, how much currently is drafted, whether research is needed, and when they expect to complete it.
6. Students who have not yet started drafting a thesis project are not expected to have portions of the project to submit as part of a fellowship application. To submit a fellowship application, they should discuss the project as they envision it and submit a writing sample that represents the current status of their writing.
7. Fellowship applications are judged by MFA faculty, who give their selections to the creative writing director. Recipients are contacted via email prior to a formal announcement posted on the creative writing web site and sent to the MFA student listserv. Contact Jay Patel with fellowship application questions.
Previous fellowship winners:
Heritage Fellow 2017-2018: Alayna Nagurny
Past Heritage Fellows: Doug Luman: 2016-2017 | Jeffery Allen: 2015-2016 | Alyssa Dandrea: 2014-2015 | Matthew Blakley in Fall '13, Darby Price in Spring '14 | Sheila McMullin 2012-2013 | Jack Snyder: 2011-2012 | Alison Strub: 2010-2011, Emily Viggiano: 2009-2010, Danika Stegeman: 2008-2009, Wade Fletcher: 2007-2008, Scott Weaver: 2006-2007, Meg LeBlanc: 2005-2006, Carrie Pruitt: 2004-2005, Lisa Renfro: 2003-2004, Dani Sandal: 2002-2003, Michael Pabich: 2001-2002, Nelina Cabiles: 2000-2001, Marian Ryan: 1999-2000, Robyn Wright: 1998-1999, Benard Bleske: 1997-1998, Margaret Hutton: 1996-1997, Lisa Page: 1995-1996
Thesis Fellows: 2017-2018Poetry: Jesse Capobianco
Thesis Fellows: 2016-2017Poetry: Madeleine Wattenberg
Thesis Fellows: 2015-2016Poetry: Frank Harder
Thesis Fellows: 2014-2015
Poetry: Anya Creightney
Fiction: Ah-reum Han
Nonfiction: Alex Ghaly
Thesis Fellows: 2013-2014
Fiction: Alexander Henderson
NonFiction: Kyle Giacomozzi
Poetry: Amber Cook
Completion Fellows: 2013-2014 (No longer awarded)
Poetry: Sarah Winn
Fiction: Kate Lewis, Katrina Smith
Honors Fellow: 2013-2014
Fiction: Ben Page