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MFA CANDIDATES ARE FUNDED THROUGH A RANGE OF APPOINTMENTS including Teaching Associate, Teaching Assistant, and Research Assistant position; fellowships; and paid internships. Currently, approximately 90% of full-time candidates are funded at a level sufficient to bring a waiver of tuition and most fees. In addition, the MFA Program offers several smaller fellowships and awards each year.

TEACHING & RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS:
The University Writing Program, which oversees undergraduate composition courses, appoints more MFA candidates than any other single office. Incoming and current candidates may apply for appointments which carry a 3-section per year teaching load and are renewable for up to three years. Salary is approximately $17,300 per year, plus a waiver of tuition and most fees.
Undergraduate creative writing sections, offered through the English Department, are typically awarded to MFA candidates in their second or third years in the program. Current candidates may apply for single-semester appointments in the late fall for the following year. Salary is approximately $8,600, plus a waiver of tuition and most fees.
jubilat’s Managing Editor position is designated for MFA candidates and is supported by a Research Assistantship. Calls for applications are released as needed for this three year position.
Candidates also pursue teaching and research positions in other departments on campus including, recently, the Center for Teaching, Film Studies, University News Office, and the College of Natural Sciences.

FELLOWSHIPS:
Incoming candidates are considered for MFA Fellowships, nonworking fellowships of approximately $8,600, plus a waiver of tuition and most fees.
Current candidates may apply for Juniper Fellowships (two per year), two-year working fellowships of approximately $4,000, plus a one-semester waiver of tuition and most fees.
Current candidates are considered for nomination for University Graduate Fellowships, nonworking fellowships of approximately $4,300 plus a waiver of tuition and most fees.

INTERNSHIPS & AWARDS:
Through the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, MFA candidates serve as faculty for the Institute for Young Writers, earning academic credit and stipends.
The Juniper Initiative additionally sponsors multiple internships bringing applied literary arts credit and stipends for work pertaining to programs including: the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Juniper Literary Festival, Jones/jubilat Reading Series, Juniper Prizes in Poetry & Fiction, and Writers Work. Other internships bringing credit and/or stipends are available with a range of oganizations through the Applied Literary Arts Program.
In addition, each year candidates may enter a range of competitions bringing cash awards and/or publication.