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Funding Opportunities

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 $17,900 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 $8,950, 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 four MFA Fellowships ranging from $8,600 - $17,000, which includes a waiver of tuition and most fees.  Fellowship recipients are chosen by the MFA Admissions Committee.

Internships & Awards

  • Through the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, MFA candidates may apply to serve as faculty for the Institute for Young Writers, earning academic credit and stipends.
  • The Juniper Initiative 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
  •  Other internships may bring credit and/or stipends 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.