Chatham University

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) Assistantships and Fellowships

The MFA Program will offer the following fellowships for 2017-2018:

The Margaret L. Whitford Fellowship: This Fellowship carries a full-tuition remission for two years. The individual selected for this position will take a leadership role in the MFA student organization, representing the students at the MFA Council meetings and the MFA program at the Graduate Student Council meetings. The Whitford Fellow is responsible 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.

Words Without Walls Fellowship: The individual awarded with this position will provide teaching instruction in the Words Without Walls program in the Allegheny County Jail, the State Correctional Institute - Pittsburgh, and/or Sojourner House. 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.

Gray St. Germain Gideon Fellowship: This $15,000 fellowship will be awarded to a student whose education has been interrupted for some reason and is returning after an absence of at least two years. This award does not have any duties associated with it and will be awarded in remitted tuition: $7,500/year.

Teaching Assistantships: We offer a limited number of teaching assistantships that carry a $9,000/year award. The individuals awarded 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.

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 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 and Social Media Coordinator 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. In addition, this individual will manage the MFA social media accounts and assist the MFA program director as needed.

Research Assistantship: This position 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. They carry a $5,000/year award. This is a one year position which may be renewed for a second year.

Please download the FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION and submit with your application to the program if you are interested in any of these fellowships.



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 January 15th will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.