Fellowship Information

Fulbright Fellowships 

Deadline: September 18, 2008 (for the University of Arizona)

October 20, 2008 (for the final app)

Web site: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/howtoapply.html

At a minimum, Fulbright grants provide funds for international transportation, a living stipend, a small book/research allowance, and medical insurance. Some countries will also provide tuition assistance, a small dependent’s allowance, a pre-departure or in-country orientation, or other grant enhancements. 

A total of ten pages of double-spaced text, representing two or three works should be submitted, unbound, along with Project Statement and application. 


American Antiquarian Society

Fellowships for Historical Research

Deadline: October 5, 2008

Web site: www.americanantiquarian.org/artistfellowship.htm

E-mail address: jmoran@mwa.org

At least three fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers for monthlong residencies at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, to research pre-twentieth-century American history and culture. A stipend of $1,100 and on-campus housing is provided; fellows residing off-campus receive $1,600. The fellowships support research on any subject as long as it produces high-quality creative work for the general public, such as historical poems and novels. Residencies may take place any time in 2009. Submit 10 copies of up to 25 pages of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction, a resumé, two letters of recommendation (sent directly to AAS by the references), and a five-page project proposal by October 5. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

American Antiquarian Society, Fellowships for Historical Research, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609-1634. (508) 471-2131. James David Moran, Director of Outreach.


Wallace Stegner Fellowship

Stanford University

Deadline: November 30, 2008

Entry Fee: $60

Website: : http://www.stanford.edu/group/creativewriting/stegner.html

E-mail address: ryanj@stanford.edu

Two-year fellowships, five in poetry and five in fiction, are given annually to allow emerging writers to develop their craft in workshops with senior faculty members at Stanford University. The fellowships include a $26,000 annual stipend and a tuition waiver. No degrees are required to apply, and no degrees are awarded. Submit 10 to 15 pages of poetry or a fiction manuscript of up to 9,000 words and composed of two short stories, one short story and a novel excerpt, or a novel excerpt with a $60 entry fee by November 30. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.

Stanford University, Wallace Stegner Fellowships, Creative Writing Program, Department of English, 450 Serra Mall, Building 460, Stanford, CA 94035-2087. (650) 723-0011. Ryan Jacobs, Contact.


Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center

Seven-Month Fellowships

Deadline: December 1, 2007

Entry Fee: $45

Web site: www.fawc.org

E-mail address: general@fawc.org

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are given annually to 10 poets and fiction writers. Each fellowship includes a private apartment and a monthly stipend of $650. For fellowships from October 1, 2008, to May 1, 2009, submit a personal statement and eight copies of up to 15 pages of poetry or 35 pages of fiction (include a synopsis if submitting a novel) with a $45 entry fee by December 1. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Seven-Month Fellowships, 24 Pearl Street, Provincetown, MA 02657. (508) 487-9960.


Ellen Meloy Fund

Desert Writers Award

Deadline: December 31, 2008

Web site: www.ellenmeloy.com

E-mail address: fund@ellenmeloy.com

A prize of $2,000 is given annually to enable creative nonfiction writers to spend creative time in a desert environment. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of creative nonfiction, a project description, and a biography by December 31. There is no entry fee. Call or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Ellen Meloy Fund, Desert Writers Award, P.O. Box 484, Bluff, UT 84512. (435) 669-5326. Greer Chesher, Contact.


Colgate University

Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship

Deadline: arrive by January 1, 2009, 

Writers of poetry, fiction or nonfiction who have recently completed an MFA, MA, or PhD in creative writing, and who need a year to complete their first book, are encouraged to apply. The selected writer will spend the academic year (late August 2009 to early May 2010) at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.  The fellow will teach one creative writing course each semester and will give a public reading from the work in progress. The fellowship carries a stipend of $34,750 plus travel expenses; health and life insurance are provided. Complete applications, should consist of a resume; three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should address the candidate’s abilities as a teacher; and either a maximum of 30 double-spaced manuscript pages of prose or 20 single-spaced pages of poetry.  Writing sample may be a completed work or an excerpt from something larger. 

Send complete applications to Creative Writing Fellowship c/o Department of English, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346-1398. 

University of East Anglia

Charles Pick Writing Fellowship

Deadline: January 31, 2009

Web site: www1.uea.ac.uk/cm/home/schools/hum/lit/awards

A six-month fellowship at the University of East Anglia, including a £10,000 (approximately $20,417) stipend, is given annually to a fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer who has not yet published a book. Submit a writing sample of up to 2,500 words and a letter of reference by January 31. There is no entry fee.

University of East Anglia, School of Literature and Creative Writing, Norwich NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom. Shawn Alexander, Fellowship Administrator.


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Yearlong teaching Fellowships

Deadline: Applications must arrive during February 2009

Entry Fee: $45

Website: http://creativewriting.wisc.edu/fellowships/poetryfiction.html

Poets and fiction writers who have completed an MFA or a PhD in a creative writing program are eligible to apply for a Wisconsin Institute poetry or fiction fellowship. Fellowship recipients must spend the academic year (approximately August 15-May 15) in Madison at the University of Wisconsin, where they will write, teach one creative writing workshop each semester, and give one public reading from their work in progress. Poetry and fiction fellowships pay $27,000 for the academic year. Fellows also receive generous health benefits.

AppApplications for poetry and fiction fellowships must arrive during the month of February and include the following:

  • A $45.00 Application Fee payable to the Department of English
  • A resume or vita
  • The names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two recommenders. Letters of recommendation are not required.
  • A writing sample consisting of either 10 pages of poetry (single-spaced and stapled with no more than one poem per page, each new poem starting on a new page) or up to 30 pages of fiction (double-spaced and stapled). Fiction applications must consist of either one short story or a novel excerpt. NOTE: Your name must not appear anywhere on your manuscript and, while previously published work may be submitted, your manuscript must in no way indicate that your work has been published.
  • A single cover sheet listing your name, address, phone number, email address and the title(s) of your writing sample, as well as the genre in which you are applying.
  • A stamped self-addressed envelope for our decision.

Send the completed application to:

Ron Kuka
The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing
, Department of English
6195B Helen C. White Hall
, 600 N. Park St.
, University of Wisconsin-Madison
, Madison, WI 53706


James Jones First Novel Fellowship

Deadline: March 1, 2009

Entry Fee: A $25 check/money order, payable to Wilkes University, not to James Jones First Novel Fellowship, must accompany each entry.

Website: http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1159.asp

Manuscript Guidelines: A two-page (maximum) outline of the entire novel and the first 50 pages of the novel-in-progress are to be submitted. The manuscript must be typed and double-spaced; outline may be single-spaced. Name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (if available) should be on the title page, but nowhere else on the manuscript. Pages should be numbered.

If a manuscript is selected for the final round, the author will be asked to send another copy of the originally submitted first 50 pages plus pages 51-100. Submissions will be acknowledged only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped postcard. No manuscripts will be returned.

James Jones First Novel Fellowship, c/o M.A./M.F.A.  in Creative Writing, Wilkes University, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766. 


State Specific Fellowships: 

There are many many more of these that I have not listed. Go to your state and city arts councils to see what’s available. Poets and Writers is also a good resource for the larger grants.


Arizona Commission on the Arts

Artist Project Grants

Deadline: September 18, 2008

Web site: www.azarts.gov

E-mail address: info@azarts.gov

Up to five grants of $5,000 will be given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to support the completion of a project. Residents of Arizona who are not enrolled for more than three credit hours at a college or university are eligible. Submit up to five pages of poetry or prose, a resumé, and a project description by September 18. There is no entry fee. Visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.

Arizona Commission on the Arts, Artist Project Grants, 417 Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1326. (602) 771-6501. Christopher Burawa, Literature Director. 


Ohio Arts Council

Individual Excellence Awards

Deadline: September 1, 2008

Website: www.oac.state.oh.us/grantsprogs/guidelines/individualcreativity.asp

E-mail address: kathy.signorino@oac.state.oh.us

Grants of $5,000 and $10,000 are awarded annually to Ohio poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Writers who have been residents of Ohio for one year prior to the application deadline and are not enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program are eligible. Online submissions only are accepted. Submit 10 to 15 pages of poetry or 20 to 30 pages of prose completed within the past three years by September 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.

Ohio Arts Council, Individual Excellence Awards, 727 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43205-1796. (614) 466-2613. Kathy Signorino, Program Coordinator.


Dobie Paisano Fellowship

University of Texas/Texas Institute of Letters

Deadline: January 15, 2009

Entry Fee: $20

Web site: www.utexas.edu/ogs/Paisano

E-mail address: adameve@mail.utexas.edu

Two residencies at a retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, who have lived in Texas for at least three years, or who have used Texas as the subject of their published work. The six-month Jesse H. Jones Writing Fellowship is given to a writer in any stage of his or her career who would “benefit from an extended period at the ranch,” and includes a grant of $16,500. The four-month Ralph A. Johnston Memorial Fellowship is given to a writer who has demonstrated “publishing and critical success,” and includes a grant of $22,000. Submit three copies of a manuscript of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction of up to 50 pages with a $20 entry fee ($30 for both contests) by January 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.

University of Texas/Texas Institute of Letters, Dobie Paisano Fellowships, Graduate School, 1 University Avenue, Mail Stop G0400, Austin, TX 78712. (512) 471-8528. Michael Adams, Director.



Philip Roth Creative Writing Residency at Bucknell – $4K 4months Feb 21st Deadline http://www.bucknell.edu/x3756.xml

Steinbeck Fellowship (San Jose State) 10k http://www.steinbeck.sjsu.edu/fellows/fellowship.jsp

American Academy of Berlin: http://www.americanacademy.de/home/fellows/applications/ (2 published stories, semester in Berlin with $4K per month, housing, and partial board.)

McCullers Center (Georgia) http://www.mccullerscenter.org/

Emory University Creative Writing Fellowship Deadline: November 14th  http://www.creativewriting.emory.edu/faculty/Fellowshipinfo.html 

George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy, Deadline: December 1sthttp://www.exeter.edu/about_us/about_us_537.aspx

The Southern Review Scholar in Residence, Deadline: December 1st


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