Fully Funded MFAs in Creative Writing

Update in progress. We aim to finish this list by January 31, 2021.

Below is a list of creative writing MFA programs that fully fund ALL of their students. Programs that do not meet our definition of full funding but in practice fund the majority of their students are on the Mostly Funded MFAs in Creative Writing List. If your program is missing or you notice any inaccuracies, please contact us.

We have occasionally been contacted by people offered unfunded admission to programs that claim to be fully funded. When people bring this complaint to us, we place the program on our mostly funded list for two years with a note explaining that the funding information on that program’s website is incorrect. If, at the end of those two years, nobody else has been offered an unfunded position, then the program will move back to this list, but the year of the last unfunded offer will still be noted. Not fully disclosing your program’s financial status to applicants is unethical.

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University of Alabama

Updated October 14, 2020

Deadline: December 1

GRE Required: No

Tracks: Prose, Poetry, Prose and Poetry

Student Parents: No student family housing, child care with state subsidy

OEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS/PTE for international and domestic non-native English speakers except those who hold an undergraduate degree from an English-speaking country, with Duolingo scores accepted for 2020-2021 applications due to COVID-19

Application Fee: $65 U.S., $80 international

Application Fee Waiver: No

Interfolio: No

Accessibility: Challenging for mobility-impaired students

Three-year Indian degrees: Yes

University of Alabama posts

All students admitted to the MFA program are guaranteed up to four years of full financial support, though the program can be completed in three years. All admitted students qualify for graduate assistantships, which include a stipend paid over nine months (currently $14,125), and full payment of up to 15 credit hours of graduate tuition (but not fees). Graduate Council Fellowships ($15,000–$20,000 plus full tuition), McNair Graduate Fellowships ($15,000 plus full tuition), National Alumni Association Fellowships ($15,000 plus full tuition), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholarships ($20,000), Truman Capote Fellowships (the award for these positions can vary), Truman Capote Prison Arts Fellowships ($15,000), and editorial positions with Black Warrior Review (the award for these positions can vary) are also available. First-year graduate assistants with fewer than 18 hours of prior graduate coursework in English will be assigned to work in the Writing Center, serve under the supervision of a faculty member as small section discussion leaders for 200-level literature lecture courses, or be assigned other duties as appropriate. In the second year and beyond, graduate assistants routinely teach two courses per semester.

Individual programs additionally offer one-time or ongoing stipend enhancements from our Capote, Loomis, and Harrison funds. New and returning graduate students are also eligible for awards other than assistantships, including Dean’s Merit Assistantships ($6000 enhancements to the assistantship stipend, renewable for a total of three years), Alumni Heritage Scholarships ($500), and Teaching Awards (open to all students who have taught at least 4 semesters). The department has use of the Henry E. Jacobs Fund and the Miriam Locke Scholarship to help with graduate student research and conference travel expenses. The Graduate School and the College of Arts & Sciences also offer significant assistance with research and travel costs. The Student Government Association and the department’s own English Graduate Organization are additional sources of research and travel funding, along with the Capstone International Center, which allocates funding for international research and travel.

The Graduate School will provide single-coverage health insurance for each assistantship.

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University of Arizona

Updated October 14, 2020

NOTE: Funding for some students at this university has been rescinded as of April 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19, and no applications are being accepted for the 2021-2022 school year.

Deadline: December 15

Tracks: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: no student family housing or university child care, child care reimbursement, emergency child care, lactation consultations and spaces

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS/PTE, CEPT, or CESL needed from international applicants from certain countries, with Alternative English Speaking and Writing Proficiency also acceptable in 2020-2021 due to COVID-19

Application Fee: $85 U.S., $95 international

Application Fee Waiver: Through selected program sponsorship

Interfolio: Yes

Accessibility: The building in which MFA workshops are held has two ramp entryways and one elevator. Additionally, the campus library is being updated and will be fully accessible when it reopens.

Three-Year Indian Degrees: if the degree is at least 120 credits, where each credit = 45 contact hours, and the degree has been earned in Division I and the institution is accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council with an institutional score of A or better

University of Arizona posts

Three-year program can be completed in two or two and a half years. Funding via graduate teaching assistant positions in the Writing Program (typical teaching load: 1-2, 2-2, 2-1), with opportunities to teach creative writing workshops in the second year and beyond. Tuition waiver included. In 2018, the stipend was about $16,100 per academic year (most recent information available). MFA students are responsible for university fees (around $1300/year).

Funding opportunities for research and travel via the departmental English Graduate Union, the Graduate and Professional Student Council, Confluencenter, and the Institute of the Environment, among other organizations.

Assistantships include health insurance.

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Arizona State University

NOTE: The dramatic writing MFA is not accepting applications in 2020.

Updated October 14, 2020

Deadline: January 1 for fiction/poetry, February 1 for dramatic writing

Tracks: Fiction, Poetry, Translation Certificate, Dramatic Writing

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: Family housing is canceled, child care with reimbursement

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS/PTE required for international students who have not attended four years of U.S. high school, received an undergraduate degree with all coursework taught in English, or received an undergraduate degree or a GPA of 3.0 in 9 credit-hours of coursework from an officially recognized university on the English-speaking countries list, Intensive English Program/Online English Course/International Graduate Preparation Program also acceptable, Duolingo scores accepted due to COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-2021

Application Fee: $70 U.S., $115 international

Application Fee Waiver: None

Interfolio: No

Accessibility: Elevators and wide walkways all over campus for wheelchairs, AWESOME GOLF CART SHUTTLES for mobility-impaired students who don’t need to take a wheelchair with them

Three-Year Indian Degrees: No

Arizona State University posts

Three-year program. All students admitted to the MFA program who submit a complete and approved teaching assistantship application are awarded a teaching assistantship by the Department of English worth $18,564 per year. Each assistantship carries a three-course-per-year load and includes a tuition and fees waiver. Graduate students with assistantships must enroll in a minimum of six credit hours each semester.

Graduate College fellowships and a small number of research assistantships provide other sources of funding. Research assistantships are not typically awarded for the first year. Additionally, eligible MFA students are invited each year to participate in award programs including (but not limited to) the Aleida Rodriguez Memorial Award in Creative Writing, the English Department’s Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Awards in Writing, and the Katharine C. Turner Award from the Academy of American Poets. The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing also offers summer travel fellowships and research awards, and awards for summer teaching in Singapore.

Health insurance is included as a benefit of the assistantship.

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University of Arkansas

Updated October 14, 2020

NOTE: Graduate students at this school are currently protesting for a higher stipend. The Workshop will update this listing if they are successful. The playwriting program will not accept applications in 2020.

Deadline: January 11

Tracks: Poetry, Fiction, Translation, Playwriting

GRE Required: Yes

Student Parents: No student family housing, child care for infants through preschool and possible state subsidies

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS/PTE, ITEP, or C1 Advanced CAE for all students who are not native speakers of English, exceptions in case of master’s degree from an English-speaking institution in a native English country, receiving your bachelor’s degree in a country that lists English as an official language such as India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Nigeria, or Singapore does not exempt you from the English language proficiency requirement

Application Fee: $60 U.S. and international

Application Fee Waiver: For Ronald E. McNair Scholars (a certifying statement from the McNair Scholars program director is required. Submit a request for an application fee waiver), Project 1000 participants, fellowship awards from The National Gem Consortium, full-time employees at the U of A main campus, U of A summer REU program participants, senior citizens age 60+, students from Carver Institutions, Attracting Intelligent Minds (AIM) conference participants (our annual campus visitation program in partnership with the Black Graduate Student Association [BGSA]), Federal TRiO Programs, recalled Peace Corps volunteers, country-specific bank sanctions, and/or justified administrative reasons (please send your explanations to Patricia Gamboa at pgamboa@uark.edu).

Interfolio: Yes

Accessibility: Building has an accessible entrance on one side (but not both) with elevators.

Three-Year Indian Degrees: No

University of Arkansas posts

Four-year program funded by a combination of teaching assistantships (two courses a semester) and/or fellowships, depending on the student. Teaching assistantships currently carry an annual stipend of $12,500/year for students with a BA and $12,900/year for students with an MA or the equivalent. Students in their fourth year teach only one course per semester. Miscellaneous fees (activity fees, college fees, etc.) are the responsibility of the graduate student. Additionally, our students compete each year for several Walton Fellowships of $14,000 and several James T. Whitehead Fellowships.

Students also compete for Lily Peter Fellowships of $1,000 or greater. Other graduate fellowships worth $4,000 per year for up to four years also may be available for academically qualified candidates. Translation students from the U.S. working from Middle Eastern languages such as Arabic or Hebrew are eligible for FLAS fellowships.

Student health insurance is offered, with 60% of the cost paid by the University and 40% paid by the student.

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Boise State University

Updated October 29, 2020

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Tracks: Fiction, Poetry

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: Scholarships for parents, priority enrollment with tuition subsidy in university’s children’s center, and lactation rooms within five minutes walking time from wherever you are on campus

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: International graduate applicants must submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score unless they have a previous degree with instruction in English from a listed country.

Application Fee: $85 ($65 nonrefundable fee with graduate application, $20 nonrefundable MFA application fee) U.S., $115 international ($95 nonrefundable fee with graduate application, $20 nonrefundable MFA application fee)

Application Fee Waiver: No

Interfolio: No

Accessibility: Current accessibility initiatives at Boise State are focused on digital information accessibility, but the building in which the program is housed does have multiple elevators and ramped entrances.

Three-Year Indian Degree: Yes, if the degree has been earned in Division I and the award institution has been accredited by NAAC with a grade of A or better

Boise State University Posts

The Creative Writing MFA Program at Boise State is a fully funded three-year program with two to three students in each genre at a given time. All students receive a tuition waiver and a teaching assistantship with a stipend of $10,450 per year. TAs teach one introductory course in their genre per semester. Internships and graduate assistantships are available with The Idaho Review. A standard waiver covers the total cost of resident tuition and fees. If a GA is classified as a non-resident of Idaho for tuition purposes, the non-resident tuition is waived by the university.

Travel funds are available through the MFA program, though the amount available depends on the year; every student is guaranteed to receive some funding at least once during their time at Boise State. The Boise State Foundation also provides graduate scholarship opportunities. Additional fellowships, scholarships, assistantships, and conference travel funding are also available through the Graduate College, including student emergency funds.

Health insurance comes with each assistantship.

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Boston University

Last updated November 1, 2020

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Tracks: Fiction, Poetry

GRE Required: GRE scores are now considered optional.

Student Parents: No student family housing, child care center with state subsidy, school vacation and summer camps, child care referral services, lactation rooms

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL or IELTS, and due to the pandemic, results are accepted from the online Duolingo test and the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle, exceptions for citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or a citizen of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom and recipients of an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution where the official language of instruction is English (if your transcript does not clearly state that the language of instruction is English, then please upload supporting documentation on institutional letterhead along with your transcript, note that dual-enrollment or foreign-exchange study at English-language institutions does not qualify)

Application Fee: $95

Application Fee Waiver: Yes

Interfolio: No

Accessibility: The campus is “large, diverse, and historic” and “the achievement of complete architectural access is a work-in-progress.” Descriptions of campus accessibility features and a map are available. MFA student offices “are located on the second floor of an old and pleasant building on a charming street of turn-of-the-century townhouses.” The city of Boston itself has wheelchair accommodations on buses and elevators in subway stations, but can be difficult to navigate during the winters, when sidewalks are often obstructed by snow.

Three-Year Indian Degree: Yes, if earned in First Division from an institution accredited by India’s National Assessment and Accreditation Council with a grade of A or better

Boston University Posts

All admitted students receive full tuition and fee remission and a stipend of $16,000 for the duration of their one year of study. A part of the stipend is the payment for teaching one course at BU per semester, usually an introduction to creative writing for BU’s undergraduates or at the nearby Boston Arts Academy, a pilot public school.

All admitted students are qualified for a Global Fellowship worth $4,500 to $5,000 upon completion of their degree requirements, which allows them to travel for two or three months anywhere outside of the United States. In recent years everyone who applied received such a fellowship. The BU Arts Initiative also offers grants.

Health insurance comes with the assistantship.

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Bowling Green State University

Last updated October 29, 2020

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Tracks: Poetry, Fiction

GRE Required: Usually, but waived for 2020-2021 due to the pandemic

Student Parents: No student parent housing, state-subsidies for child care but none on campus, lactation rooms

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL or IELTS required for international students, but waived for those who have received a previous degree from a U.S. university attended for two years with instruction in English, or for those with degrees from any of the countries on the list at the bottom of this page for which instruction was in English

Application Fee: $45 for domestic, $75 for international

Application Fee Waiver: Waived for all new domestic applicants through fall 2021. The fee is also automatically waived for all McNair Scholars, U.S. Military Veterans, returned Peace Corps Volunteers, and K-12 public school teachers currently employed in the U.S.

Interfolio: No

Accessibility: Building and campus are accessible, with many ramps and large, flat spaces.

Three-Year Indian Degree: Yes if accepted as equivalent to a 4-year degree by WES

Bowling Green State University Posts

Two-year program. Tuition remission and a stipend of $11,500 (2020-2021 figures). Non-Ohio resident fees are waived for first-year students and international students through the second year. Other fees to the tune of about $1,289 are outlined here. Students receiving an academic year graduate assistantship will, in most cases, teach two courses the first year in BGSU’s University Writing Program, one course in each of the fall and spring semesters. In the second year of study, graduate assistants have the opportunity to teach one section of creative writing at the undergraduate level. They also teach again in the University Writing Program, or they can apply for an administrative position assisting the director of creative writing or filling a role for the literary journal Mid-American Review.

Summer funding is available on a competitive basis through the Devine Fellowships. Students with academic year assistantships are also eligible to apply for additional funding during the summer, though this is not guaranteed.

Assistantships do not come with health insurance. Students are required to have health insurance, which will usually mean purchasing it from the university’s plan with United Health Care for $2,294 per year.

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Brown University

Last updated November 1, 2020

NOTE: An acquaintance of this list’s administrator claimed to have received an unfunded offer to the Brown MFA for poetry in 2013. The claim has not been confirmed, and we are aware of no other potential unfunded offers since.

Deadline: December 15, 2020 for fiction/poetry/digital and cross-disciplinary, January 4, 2021 for playwriting

Tracks: Fiction, Poetry, Digital and Cross-Disciplinary, Playwriting

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: No student family housing or university child care, but affiliations with Mt. Hope YMCA center for infants to preschool, Brown/Fox Point for children three to five, waiting list preference at local Bright Horizons Child Care Centers, university-sponsored child care subsidy, lactation rooms,

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL or IELTS required of international students whose native language is not English, waived for those with previous degrees in which the language of instruction was English from universities in the U.S., Australia, Bahamas, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada (except Quebec), Ethiopia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Gambia, Uganda, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales), West Indies, Zambia, or other countries if the university registrar or dean from the previous degree program sends a letter to the Brown Graduate School referencing the applicant’s name and proposed area of study and stating that English is the primary language of instruction for the previous institution

Application Fee: $75

Application Fee Waiver: Yes

Interfolio: Yes (mail to Brown University, Graduate School, Box 1867, Providence RI 02912)

Accessibility: Lyman Hall, where playwriting is housed, has wheelchair access, but many smaller student performances happen in the Strasberg Studio, which is not accessible. The other tracks are housed in the Literary Arts Building, which has a wheelchair entrance and elevators. Providence itself has many older buildings, aging infrastructure, and snow in winter.

Three-Year Indian Degree: Yes

Brown Posts

Playwriting, housed in the Department of Theater and Performance Art Studies, is three years. The program provides a financial aid package that covers stipend, tuition, health fee, and health insurance for three years of full-time enrollment. In addition, the program provides stipends for fall and spring semesters for each year of full-time enrollment as well as a stipend for two summers (following first and second years). There is no teaching in the first and third years. Normally, second-year students will teach undergraduate playwriting both semesters: one semester of Playwriting 1 (introduction to playwriting) and one semester of Playwriting 2 (intermediate playwriting), though not necessarily in that order. Exact numbers are not available on the website, but a 2019 applicant reports that the stipend was $26,000/year, with a $2,000-$3,000 summer stipend.

All other tracks are two years. In the first year, all graduate students in the fiction, poetry, and digital and cross-disciplinary tracks receive a non-working fellowship that pays a stipend of $26,276 (2019-2020). Between the first and second academic year, students in good standing receive a summer stipend of $2,920. In the second year, all graduate students in good standing who are qualified will be awarded teaching assistantships for $26,276.

Supplemental funding is available in the form of writing prizes in the literary arts department, emergency grants and loans (both up to $500) from the Graduate School, $650 of conference travel funding, the Joukowsky Summer Research Award, and the International Travel Fund, Research Grants in Judaic Studies.

Health insurance is included for all MFA writing students, regardless of genre.

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University of California, Irvine

Last updated November 1, 2020

Deadline: December 11 for Fiction, January 15 for Poetry

Tracks: Fiction, Poetry

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: Offers graduate student housing at Palo Verde and Verano Place, subsidized child care for infants through preschool and extended day care for school-age children, and child care reimbursement

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS can be waived only for admissions purposes, with assistantships requiring language tests even for international students from countries in which English is the primary language

Application Fee: $120 domestic, $140 international

Application Fee Waiver: Available only to domestic students based upon veteran status, diversity, and financial need

Interfolio: Yes

Accessibility: Elevator and updated hallways in building and accessible doors. However, disability services office noted in a phone call that campus can be “hilly,” and students who can do so often choose to use the golf cart service instead of their chairs.

Three-Year Indian Degree: Only B. Engineering, B.SC. (Eng.), or B. Tech

University of California, Irvine Posts

Three-year program. Teaching assistantships provide full tuition coverage. MFA students on assistantship are also assigned to teach one undergraduate composition or creative writing course per quarter (three courses per academic year). MFA students receive academic credit as well as a nine-month salary for teaching. For 2020-2021, students will earn an estimated $21,911.49 for the academic year. Out-of-state students admitted into the program are required to file for California residency by the end of their first year in order to continue receiving financial support. Assistantships come with 100% fee remission for student services fees and $100 remission of the campus services fees, which came to approximately $850 in the 2020-2021 school year. As a state-funded institution, UC Irvine has very limited financial support available for international students. Unfortunately, full financial support is rarely possible. The Graduate Division also offers Chancellor’s Club Fellowships, Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowships, Dean’s Dissertation Fellowships, Dean’s Recruitment Fellowships, Graduate Opportunity Fellowships, President’s Dissertation Year Fellowships, and Public Impact Fellowships.

The Graduate Division also offers supplemental funding in the form of Diversity Recruitment Fellowships, Brython Davis Fellowships, Gordon Hein Scholarships, Inclusive Excellence Ambassador Fellowships, La Verne Noyes Fellowships, Miguel Velez Fellowships, Nevin Graduate Endowment Fellowships, Otto W. Shaler Scholarships, Phi Beta Kappa International Scholarships, Public Impact Fellowships, and Tom Angell Fellowships. The Associated Graduate Students provides Emergency Travel Grants, Commitment to a Better Education Grants, and Project Funds for improving the graduate student experience at UC Irvine. The Humanities Office of Graduate Study offers funding for conference travel, outstanding TA awards, and awards for summer language study. The Humanities Center offers funding in the form of research grants and grants for graduate students organizing conferences at UC Irvine. The International Center for Writing and Translation offers funding for projects dealing with injustice and multimedia projects, as well as summer awards for research travel and language study.

Students receive university health insurance (medical, dental, and vision).

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University of California, San Diego

Last updated December 16, 2020

Deadline: January 6, 2021

Tracks: Multi-Genre/Cross-Genre

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: Student family housing available at Coast Apartments and One Miramar Street, child care available at Mesa Child Development Center and Early Childhood Education Center subsidized by Centralized Eligibility List and CCAMPIS, with child care reimbursement

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS/PTE required for all international students whose native language is not English, exceptions for those who have studied for a full academic year in a university with English-language instruction in an English-speaking country

Application Fee: $120 domestic, $140 international

Application Fee Waiver: Yes, for veterans, students with financial need, and participants in certain grad school prep programs

Interfolio: Yes

Accessibility: Wheelchair and crutches rental, vans for mobility-impaired students, and accessible parking. Information on building accessibility unavailable, no responses to calls or emails.

Three-Year Indian Degree: If it meets the standards of World Education Services

University of California, San Diego Posts

Two-year program. The Department may have support opportunities available in the form of teaching assistantships, readerships, research assistantships, or fellowships. MFA students must take a 50% teaching assistantship appointment during at least one quarter during the degree. Assistantships and readerships cover all but $219.66 of tuition and fees per quarter. The program offers the option of extending residency a third year. Fellowship coverage of tuition and fees may vary. Fellowships include Tribal Membership Initiative Fellowships, SEED Fellowships, San Diego and Eugene Cota Robles Fellowships,

Supplemental funding is available from the Friends of the International Center Fellowship, the Dean of Arts and Humanities Travel Fund, GSA Travel Grants, the Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Collaboratories, the Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars program, the STARS Graduate Fellowships, the Dean of Arts and Humanities Travel Fund, the International Institute Research and Travel Awards, Competitive Edge, the Tinker Field Research Grant Competition, and the Institute of Arts and Humanities Graduate Summer Fellowships.

Health insurance fees are covered by student employment.

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Cornell University

Last updated November 1, 2020

Deadline: December 15

Tracks: Poetry, Fiction

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: Family housing, child care through preschool and emergency care with child care grants through high school, free Care.com membership, lactation spaces, special parking for expectant and nursing mothers

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS, but not PTE or any other alternatives, required for all international students with exceptions only for citizens of the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada (excluding Quebec), citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., and those who have completed two years of full-time college-level study in English in either these countries or South Africa

Application Fee: $105

Application Fee Waiver: Yes for financial hardship or participation in certain grad school prep programs

Interfolio: Yes

Accessibility: Challenges with hilly campus, steep ramp slopes, inaccessible buildings and student housing mentioned in 2019 article in student paper

Three-Year Indian Degree: Only Bachelor of Engineering or Architecture, Bachelor of Agricultural Science (4-year), Bachelor of Science (BS) (4-year), Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)/Bachelor of Physiotherapy (4.5-years), Bachelor of Technology, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Teaching

Cornell Posts

All students are guaranteed two years of tuition and fee remission and a stipend. In the first year, students work a graduate assistantship with EPOCH. Students read submissions, plan special issues and assume other editorial and administrative responsibilities. Students will also be awarded a summer teaching assistantship, linked to a teachers’ training program. Summer residency in Ithaca is required. In the second year, students will receive a teaching assistantship and a summer fellowship (made possible by the David L. Picket ’84 Fund and The James McConkey Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Award for Summer Support, established by his enduringly grateful student, Len Edelstein ’59). Students may also apply for one- or two-year MFA lecturer appointments after receiving the degree.

The department also awards writing prizes, and travel funds are available through the President’s Travel Fund and Timothy Murray Graduate Travel Grants. Research travel grants and conference travel grants are also available.

Health insurance is included with funding.

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Florida Atlantic University

Last updated November 1, 2020

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Tracks: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: No dedicated student family housing, child care center announced closing in March 2020 and has disappeared from the FAU website, after-school and camps still available from Pine Jog, potential local government subsidies

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS, with exceptions for students with at least thirty postsecondary credits, including ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 or the equivalent, with a grade of C or higher, from a U.S. regionally accredited post-secondary institution or from a recognized post-secondary institution abroad with full curriculum of instruction in English

Application Fee: $30

Application Fee Waiver: No

Interfolio: Yes (you can mail letters to the department at Attn: English Graduate Advisor, English Department, CU 306, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431, but they prefer you check first to see if you can get Interfolio to work with the online grad school application system, since letters are easier to keep track of that way)

Accessibility: Building and rooms are accessible.

Three-Year Indian Degree: If evaluated as equivalent to a four-year degree by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, including World Education Services

Florida Atlantic University Posts

Three-year program. All of our MFA students qualify for a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, which typically entails teaching two sections of English Composition per semester (Fall and Spring only — a limited number of courses are available during the summer). Assistantships come with tuition remission and a $9,000/year stipend, though some are available at $12,000/year. Fees are still paid by the student at in-state rates. The Lawrence Sanders Fellowship provides a stipend of $12,000 for the first year and $15,000/year in the second and third years with tuition remission. Students can also work at the University Center for Excellence in Writing in place of a course section. The graduate student working as managing editor of the program literary magazine, Swamp Ape Review, get a course release for one year.

The departmental Swann scholarship, the Graduate and Professional Students Association, and Student Travel offer funds for research- and writing-related travel (GPSA’s funds can also be used for non-research travel). The department also offers thesis awards, and students can work as consultants at the Center for Excellence in Writing. Any schoolwide scholarships not specifically marked for undergrads are available for graduate students. Also available through the graduate school are Alice Griffin AAUW Graduate Fellowships, Graduate Diversity Fellowships, Fellowships for Academic Excellence, Presidential Fellowships, Provost Fellowships, Thesis Scholarships, Graduate Programs Foundation Scholarships, and Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships. 3MT (three-minute thesis) scholarship competitions are held yearly.

Health insurance is available at 25% cost for graduate assistants.

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Florida State University

Last updated November 1, 2020

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Tracks: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: Student family housing turned down in 2015, campus health facilities won’t take Medicaid, article recently written about inaccessibility for student parents, daycare with student rate (but article claims that even the discount is above average state child care cost), child care assistance fellowship

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE accepted, but high scores on the speaking section of the internet-based TOEFL or a special separate SPEAK test administered on campus is required for teaching assistantships

Application Fee: $30

Application Fee Waiver: For McNair Scholars using this form

Interfolio: Yes (the online application won’t work with Interfolio, but there is an offline option)

Accessibility: Buildings and workshop rooms are accessible.

Three-Year Indian Degree: TBD. Email sent November 1, 2020. The graduate school said no in public documentation as recently as 2016-2017, but the creative writing program administration is telling candidates yes by email.

Florida State University Posts

Three-year program. The majority of students are funded by teaching assistantships at a rate of approximately $16,000/year. New TAs are required to take the six-week training program during the Summer C session (late June to early August). Before that session begins, students need to register for LAE 5370, Teaching English in College, LAE 5946, Teaching English as a Guided Study, and ENG 5933, Pedagogy Internship. For taking this training, TAs receive a tuition waiver and a $1,500 stipend, which will cover fees with a little left over. All TAs generally teach two courses per semester or perform comparable duty in the department. Initially, TAs are assigned to the College Composition Program (first-semester TAs tutor in the Reading-Writing Center), but subsequently, graduate students may teach classes in the major. A TA assigned as a research assistant to a professor is still paid the same and expected to do the same amount of work as with a classroom assignment (in practice, the Department tends to use “TA” as an umbrella term for all students w/an assistantship of any kind). TAs are paid stipends and provided with full tuition waivers. In addition, all first-year TAs automatically receive the $1,000 Graduate Dean’s Scholarship (which is spread out over their first-year paychecks). Students do have to pay fees (about $100/hour for out-of-state students and $75/hour for Florida residents). In addition, a $20 per semester facilities use fee is charged.

TAs are often invited to teach during the summer term for an additional stipend. Kingsbury Awards are given yearly. A number of scholarships are available to graduate students. The FAMU Graduate Feeder Scholars Program, Henderson Family Fellowship, Legacy Fellowships, Leslie N. Wilson – Delores Auzenne Assistantship for Minorities, and Nancy H. Marcus Endowment for Graduate Student Excellence are available through the Graduate School. There is also a Graduate Student Research and Creativity Awards Program, Graduate Student Leadership Award, and Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. The Council of Graduate Students also funds conference travel awards.

Insurance is subsidized to the tune of approximately 75%, but not free, for assistants and fellows.

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University of Florida

Last updated November 3, 2020

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Tracks: Fiction, Poetry

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: Student family housing in villages, Baby Gator child care (students have protested high cost), state subsidy

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOELF/IELTS (but not TOEFL ITP) for all international students, verbal GRE for admission only, PTE and Duolingo English Test acceptable for students whose testing was interrupted by COVID-19, exceptions for those who have successfully completed an academic year or received a degree at a school in one of these countries

Application Fee: $30

Application Fee Waiver: For McNair Scholars

Interfolio: Yes (send to crw-admissions@english.ufl.edu)

Accessibility: Buildings are wheelchair accessible, pathways are flat and wide, and accessible parking is available. Still, campus is very, very large, with 2,000 acres and 900 buildings. Gator Lift can drive mobility-impaired students across campus to classes and appointments, and even transport wheelchairs in addition to students.

Three-Year Indian Degree: No

University of Florida Posts

We believe that preferential funding can create an atmosphere of toxic competition among MFAs. All MFA@FLA students receive a full tuition waiver and a fellowship and teaching assistantship package that in 2020 will pay $24,000 per year for each of the three years of the program. Students pay fees of about $750 per semester. During their three years in the program, students teach courses in the English department and in the University Writing Program. For the first year, the appointment for incoming students will consist of mentored teaching (courses team-taught by two incoming graduate students and a senior graduate student) in the University Writing Program. During the second and third years, students will teach one course per semester. In most cases, MFAs teach a combination of composition and professional writing and undergraduate creative writing workshops. Other teaching opportunities may arise, including undergraduate literature and film courses in areas in which you have expertise and TAships for lecture courses taught by our faculty.

Travel funds are available from the Graduate School’s Office of Research, Center for European Studies, and Graduate Student Council.

Health insurance comes with each assistantship.

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Hollins University

Last updated December 31, 2020

Last updated date

Deadline: TBD

Tracks: TBD

GRE Required: TBD

Student Parents: TBD

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE:

Application Fee:

Application Fee Waiver:

Interfolio:

Accessibility:

Three-Year Indian Degree:

Hollins University Posts

Stipend, fee, assistantship, and fellowship/alternative full funding information TBD.

Supplemental funding TBD.

Health insurance information TBD.

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University of Houston

Last updated November 3, 2020

NOTE: A previously existing nonfiction track has been cancelled.

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Tracks: Fiction, Poetry

GRE Required: Yes

Student Parents: No dependents allowed on student health insurance, no student family housing, university daycare with special student rates in addition to SFAC and CCAMPIS tuition assistance

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL for all students who have not previously earned a degree with instruction delivered in English from a college or university in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Bahamas, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Trinidad, the Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Turks and Caicos, or one of the English-speaking Canadian provinces

Application Fee: $50 domestic, $80 international

Application Fee Waiver: No

Interfolio: Yes (leave electronic application blank and send directly to cwp@uh.edu)

Accessibility: Yes and no. Many buildings are new, but some buildings are older. Campus is very large and transportation from one area to another can be challenging. Constant construction on campus and in the city of Houston makes it difficult to predict which areas will have real sidewalk and which will be roped off or paved with dirt and pebbles. Accessible parking spots are available, but the affordable lots are far from campus and the buses that shuttle students back and forth are narrow enough to make wheelchairs or other mobility aids difficult. (Source: current student.)

Three-Year Indian Degree: The Graduate School usually does not accept these degrees as equivalent to a four-year degree, but the department can decide to admit a student with a three-year Indian bachelor’s through a special admissions process.

University of Houston Posts

Three-year program with tuition remission and a stipend. The teaching load is 1/2 the first year and then 2/2 the following years (this means you teach one course in fall of your first year and two each spring and fall after that. Starting salary for MFAs is $15,000/year, paid in the fall and spring while you are teaching, and not during the summer, when you are not teaching.

A comprehensive list of fellowships that can either supplement or replace the teaching assistantship is available here. These include fellowships for African American students, working fellowships with Inprint, a local literary arts nonprofit, funds for collaborative work in the arts, and diversity and recruitment fellowships.

The University of Houston will pay up to 50% of the costs of medical insurance, which comes to about $3,000/year for domestic and international students.

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Hunter College

Last updated November 3, 2020

NOTE: Fiction professor Colum McCann has been accused of sexual assault by the novelist and short story writer Randa Jarrar (with the well-known writer Roxane Gay, who drove Jarrar home after the incident, verifying her statements). The program was slow to respond to these accusations, and at one point accidentally included a student in internal conversations about the hope that the incident would “blow over” and nobody would “turn the incoming first years against Colum.”

SECOND NOTE: This school tends to start accepting students in February, long before applicants have all their other acceptances in, and gives accepted students tight deadlines in February and/or March to make their decision. Some people have experienced this as pressure while others didn’t mind. In any case, it will usually mean picking Hunter (or not) before you know if you got in at other schools.

THIRD NOTE: It appears that the memoir program has lost funding and will not be offering tuition remission for 2021 forward.

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Tracks: Poetry, Fiction, Memoir

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: No student family housing, no infant care, daycare for potty-trained children 2.5 to 6 and after-school care for children 6 to 12 with sliding scale fee from $1 to $250/week

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS required for all students for whom English is not their native language and the bachelor’s was not earned at an English-speaking institution. This requirement exists regardless of citizenship status and is not waived by previous graduate-level study in an English-speaking university or by attendance of part of the undergraduate degree at an English-speaking university.

Application Fee: $75

Application Fee Waiver: Yes, for current graduate non-degree or senior undergraduate students and veterans

Interfolio: No

Accessibility: West Building, where classes are, has push-button doors, elevators, etc. Workshop rooms can be small but space for chairs and other mobility aids can be made. New York has snowy winters that greatly impact the ability of wheelchair users and those with mobility impairments to navigate the sidewalks. Buses can take wheelchairs in theory but are often overcrowded, with subways similarly having no space for chairs or other mobility aids during rush hours. Individual subway stops are also far less likely to be accessible than in cities like Boston that have newer subway systems.

Three-Year Indian Degree: Yes if evaluated and found to be equivalent by Educational Credential Evaluators, Evaluation Service, Inc., Joseph Silny & Associates, Inc., SpanTran: The Evaluation Company, or World Education Services

Hunter College Posts

Two-year program. Hunter offers tuition remission and the chance to teach a course a semester for $2,000 per semester in the second year only. (This means that most students will have an available income of $0 in the first year and $4,000 in the second year.)

Students are responsible for their own insurance in the first year, but can get adjunct health insurance while teaching in their second year.

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University of Idaho

Last updated November 3, 2020

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Tracks: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: Dependents cannot be added to student health insurance, combined grad student/student family housing, campus daycare with special student rates and state subsidies

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS in normal times, with Duolingo scores accepted in 2020 due to COVID-19l, and waivers for those with previous degrees from these countries

Application Fee: $60 domestic, $70 international

Application Fee Waiver: No

Interfolio: Yes

Accessibility: Workshop building has elevators and wheelchair ramp. Accessible parking and van transport is available, but the vans stop running early in the evening, before workshops finish.

Three-Year Indian Degree: It’s complicated. Graduate school admissions workers say the three-year degree is not considered equivalent to a four-year U.S. degree, but the program can appeal if it really wants to admit someone, but the graduate school may reject the appeal.

University of Idaho Posts

Three-year program. Teaching Assistantships and tuition waivers are offered to all students. For 2018-2019, the stipend was $14,000/year. Students teach two courses each in fall and spring, composition in the first two years and creative writing in the final year. Teaching assistants must pay fees. A Hemingway Fellowship from the creative writing program can release students from teaching two courses in the final year. Students are responsible for fees, which come to $1061/semester.

Supplemental funding from the department comes in the form of Hogue Family Centennial Scholarships, Grace V. Nixon Graduate Scholarships, and Estelle Sauve Graduate Scholarships. In addition, the program offers funding for writing conferences and retreats in the form of the Centrum and Writing in the Wild fellowships. Finally, our Graduate and Professional Student Association offers extra-departmental funding for travel, workshops, thesis printing, and COVID-19 relief. Disabled students are also eligible for a George T. Warren Scholarship. The College of Graduate Studies also administers the Outstanding Graduate Student Research and Creative Activity Award and Outstanding Student Teaching Assistant Award.

Students are responsible for their own insurance, which can be purchased from the school for $1902/year.

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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Last updated November 6, 2020

Deadline: December 1, 2020 (noon CST)

Tracks: Poetry, Fiction

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: TBD

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS required for all non-native speakers in order to receive assistantship

Application Fee: $70 domestic, $90 international

Application Fee Waiver: Via FreeApp and for McNair Scholars

Interfolio: Yes

Accessibility: Disability Resources and Educational Services “provides the best transportation system for persons with disabilities of any university in the United States,” with rides available at any time between all points on campus as well as to the city and airport. Building and campus are accessible.

Three-Year Indian Degree: Only three-year Indian bachelor’s degrees accepted are Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Planning, Bachelor of Teaching, and Bachelor of Technology

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Posts

Three-year program. Full tuition waivers, guaranteed teaching assistantships, and partial fee waivers (students on assistantships or fellowships must still pay $510.51 in 2020-2021) for the duration of the program. In the first year, all MFAs will receive a 1/1 teaching assistantship (one class each in fall and spring) with an annual stipend of $11,740, in addition to a one-time fellowship of $2,500. In the second and third years, candidates will receive a 2/2 teaching assistantship with an annual stipend of $23,835. Teaching assignments will usually be in the undergraduate rhetoric program, but each MFA student will teach at least one undergraduate workshop, with an opportunity to teach additional undergrad classes in creative writing. The Humanities Research Institute offers fellowships for PhD dissertations or MFA theses $22,000/year stipend with tuition and partial fee waivers for yearlong graduate student research projects. Yearlong appointments are also available from the Graduate College in the form of Graduate College Master’s Fellowships, Aspire Master’s Fellowships for Underrepresented Students, and Diffenbaugh Fellowships for Students from Missouri.

The university library offers one-month $3,000 John “Bud” Velde awards to study its the rare books and manuscripts. The Humanities Research Institute offers prizes for essays. The Graduate Employees’ Organization has a mutual aid fund in case of emergencies. The Graduate College also supplies Conference Presentation Awards, Master’s Project Travel Grants, Dewson Fellowships for Underrepresented Students Facing Unanticipated Need, and Graduate Student Emergency Grants.

Health insurance fees during the school year are among those that are mostly waived by an assistantship or fellowship appointment. Summer coverage costs $696 for those students who do not have a teaching assistantship or a fellowship in the summer.

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Indiana University Bloomington

Last updated November 9, 2020

Deadline: January 2 domestic, December 1 international

Tracks: Poetry, Fiction

GRE Required: Yes

Student Parents: Student family housing, childcare for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, or combined with state subsidies, six weeks of leave for new parents

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL with no exceptions and another test for teaching assistants

Application Fee: $70

Application Fee Waiver: Yes, through the school or FreeApp

Interfolio: Yes (send to bhankins@indiana.edu)

Accessibility: An article in the Indiana Daily Student about poor accommodations at the university makes specific mention of Ballantine Hall, the building in which the English department and creative writing is housed. The building has an accessible entrance in the back. Disability Services was unable to confirm that the accessible entrance led to access to all rooms in the building and at first informed me that they weren’t “totally sure we even do that” in reference to students in wheelchairs. “We mostly just give people testing accommodations.”

Three-Year Indian Degree: The graduate school says no, but the department says they can get an exception for the right student.

Indiana University Bloomington Posts

Three-year program. Associate instructors get $19,000/year plus fee remission. College fee remissions typically cover more than 90% of the cost of tuition and fees, but they do not cover mandatory or special course fees. Aid is typically for three years, during which time associate instructors normally teach seven or eight courses (two to three annually), with a minimum of five creative writing workshops in fiction and/or poetry at the 100- and 200-level. Associate instructors also have the opportunity of teaching a course in literary editing and publishing, and in the third year can apply to teach undergraduate literature courses or act as consultants to newer associate instructors. Some appointments are available for editors at the graduate student-run literary magazine, Indiana Review. Future Faculty Teaching Fellowships are available in the final year, with multi-year Graduate Scholars Fellowships and McNair Fellowships offered upon admission. John H. Edwards Fellowships and Wells Graduate Fellowships can be offered at any stage of the degree.

Supplemental funding is available through the creative writing program. Summer work at the Indiana University Writers’ Conference is available. The College of Arts and Sciences gives awards for travel, Matias L. Ochoada Fellowships, and Dr. William Slaymaker Graduate Fellowships. The Office of International Services provides Eoyang-Lee Fellowships and Irving & Lena Lo Scholarships. The University Graduate School provides Irving and Shirley Brand Graduate Fellowships, Adam W. Herbert Ph.D. and Master’s Fellowships, Santosh Jain Scholarships, Master’s Thesis Awards, Herbert Master’s Fellowships, Educational Opportunity Fellowships, and Grant-in-Aid awards. FLAS Fellowships for language study are available. Conference funding and Yiddish study prizes are available through Jewish Studies. Funding for the study of Eastern European languages is available both internationally and via approved summer programs, along with funding for any language workshop. International travel can be funded through IU Global. The Graduate & Professional Student Government gives Research Awards and Travel Awards. Islamic Studies also funds travel.

Health insurance is among the fees waived by an associate instructor position or a fellowship.

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Iowa State University

Last updated November 8, 2020

Deadline: January 5, 2021

Tracks: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Drama

GRE Required: Waived fall 2021 for COVID-19

Student Parents: Student family housing, child care for infants through preschool with care before and after school for elementary school-aged children, university subsidies, lactation spaces

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL for all international students from non-native English speaking countries who do not have previous degrees from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the U.K., as well as an oral certification for all international students who have been granted a teaching assistantship

Application Fee: $60 domestic, $100 international

Application Fee Waiver: Only for McNair Scholars

Interfolio: Yes (send to englgrad@iastate.edu)

Accessibility: TBD. Phone call will be made to disability services office December 17, 2020.

Three-Year Indian Degree: No

Iowa State University Posts

Three-year program. Teaching assistants work 20 hours per week for a total of $19,250/year with full tuition waiver. Competitive Hogrefe Fellowships award tuition, fees, and $18,000/year to first-year students. “We make every effort to offer assistantship support to all the students admitted.” Wording seems unclear, and program has been emailed as of November 6, 2020, to determine whether it really is fully funded, rather than mostly funded.

The department has put together a helpful list of supplemental funding opportunities. The Paul L. & Carolyn Errington Award as well as Graduate Student Research Grants, Outstanding Service Awards, and Leadership Awards. The Graduate College also provides Research Excellence and Teaching Awards, Research Excellence Awards, and Teaching Excellence Awards. Students may also apply for scholarships and Professional Advancement Grants.

Health insurance (high-quality Blue Cross/Blue Shield coverage with heavily subsidized plans for children and partners, as well as dental!) is provided to all assistants and fellows.

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University of Iowa

Last updated November 11, 2020

NOTE: University of Iowa applications require the creation of a Hawkeye account, which can take several days. Starting your application within 48 hours of the deadline is an excellent way to miss it completely.

Deadline: Fiction/Poetry December 15, Nonfiction December 14 at 4 p.m. CST, Spanish Creative Writing January 15

Tracks: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Spanish Creative Writing

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: Student parent housing, partners with several childcare centers for children ages six weeks to five years with backup care to nine years and school subsidies, free childcare during exams, overnight spring break camp for children seven to 17 with scholarships, lactation rooms, support group for student caregivers

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS, with waivers for citizens of or those with previous degrees from any of the countries on the list at the bottom of this page

Application Fee: $60 domestic, $100 international

Application Fee Waiver: Institutional and via FreeApp

Interfolio: Yes

Accessibility: Dey House (poetry/fiction) has a wheelchair entrance, as do the English-Philosophy Building (nonfiction) and Philips Hall (Spanish creative writing)

Three-Year Indian Degree: No

University of Iowa Posts

All poetry, fiction, and nonfiction students get full tuition remission and two years of teaching assistantships, a year of fellowship and a year of teaching, or two years of fellowship. Fees are $766 (all numbers are for 2017-2018), and the university pays half of them. Teaching a course each in fall and spring earned a stipend of $12,680/year, and teaching one additional course per year was worth $19,020/year. In the first year, students typically teach rhetoric and composition classes, and in the second year, creative writing. Research assistantships for tuition remission and $9,510/year are also available via the Iowa Review, University of Iowa Press, and International Writing Program. There are many different fellowships, ranging from $12,000/year to $20,000/year. The nonfiction MFA is three years long and guarantees a third funded year of study, while poetry and fiction students complete the MFA in two years with the option to apply for a third year of funding via a post-graduate fellowship.

The Graduate and Professional Student Government offers travel, research, and service grants. The Graduate Student Senate offers presentation and conference funds as well as Degree-Related Travel Awards. The Graduate College offers MFA Summer Fellowships, Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio Fellowships, Underrepresented Minority Thesis Scholarships, Graduate Diversity Fellowships, and Kenneth T. Key Scholarships for Taiwanese-Born Graduate Students. The Center for Advancement gives Student Impact Grants.

Health insurance is $275 and up, depending on selected coverage, with 90% covered by the university. Transgender care is considered medically necessary and will be covered by student health insurance.

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John Hopkins University

Last updated November 11, 2020

Deadline: December 15, 2020

Tracks: Fiction, Poetry

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: No student family or graduate student housing of any kind, child care with scholarships and vouchers for children 10 weeks and up, special COVID-19 Caregiving Relief Fund and COVID-19 care for school-age children

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS for all students whose first language is not English, but waivers can be requested from the Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Office, university emailed about waiver conditions November 11, 2020

Application Fee: $75

Application Fee Waiver: Yes, for membership in one of the organizations listed at the bottom of this page, or due to financial hardship (instructions here)

Interfolio: Yes

Accessibility: Building is accessible, Hopkins has wheelchair-accessible van transportation running both during the day and for evening classes

Three-Year Indian Degree: University emailed November 11, 2020

Johns Hopkins University Posts

Two-year degree. Stipend of $30,500/year. Teaching of creative writing starts in second semester. Program has been emailed for details about teaching load.

The Graduate Representative Organization offers travel grants. Fellowships for Research in Europe are offered by the Charles Singleton Center.

Health insurance is provided by the school, with additional insurance available for dependents and spouses, as well as dental and vision coverage.

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Louisiana State University

Last updated November 12, 2020

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Tracks: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

GRE Required: No (2020 applications only, due to COVID-19)

Student Parents: Family and graduate housing, daycare for four weeks through four years available with student scholarships and CCAMPIS and state subsidy

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS/PTE with waivers for applicants with a degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. or one of these countries, additional oral proficiency requirement for all international assistants (including those from English-speaking countries) and U.S. citizens and residents whose first language was not English

Application Fee: $50 domestic, $70 international

Application Fee Waiver: Yes, for U.S. citizens or residents in underrepresented groups, the military, or special programs including McNair

Interfolio: Yes (send to englgradapply@lsu.edu)

Accessibility: Building and rooms are accessible. Campus buses and late-night vans are as well.

Three-Year Indian Degree: The graduate school appears to say yes, if evaluated by a service recognized by an American Translators Association or National Association of Credential Evaluation Services agency on its website, but recently answered a student query to say no. Grad school has been emailed for clarification as of November 11, 2020.

Louisiana State University Posts

Three-year program. Tuition remission, including for summers in which students are not on assistantships, and a stipend with each assistantship. Assistantship stipends are $17,850 for the nine-month school year, minus university fees of $1,381.45/semester. While assistants usually teach one course per semester, assistantships can also involve editorial positions at the Southern Review or New Delta Review, as well as administrative positions for the department.

Travel funding available via Graduate Student Association Travel Award and by application to the college and department. Creative writing awards are given by the program to its students. Summer teaching assistantship funding, while referenced in the admission contract, is difficult to obtain in practice due to the prioritization of current instructors.

Health insurance is available at an annual rate of $2,728 per student. No portion of the cost is covered by assistantships (but it once was partially covered, so if you see materials that say otherwise, that’s because they’re outdated).

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University of Maryland

Last updated November 14, 2020

Deadline: January 5, 2021

Tracks: Fiction, Poetry

GRE Required: No

Student Parents: Graduate student housing accepts students with families, preschool for three through six years with center-based scholarships and brand-new Bright Horizons childcare facility for six weeks through five years, both with state scholarships

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE: TOEFL/IELTS/PTE for all citizens of countries besides the U.S. and Puerto Ricans regardless of citizenship, unless you have or will receive a previous degree from a U.S. university outside of Puerto Rico or from a university in one of the countries listed at the bottom of this page

Application Fee: $75

Application Fee Waiver: Via FreeApp or for participation in the programs listed here

Interfolio: Yes (send to lbernal@umd.edu)

Accessibility: Paratransit services are available 24 hours a day during the semester. A recent student news article mentions some inaccessible public spaces, including ramps that are incompatible with chairs, and challenges with professors who need more education regarding accessibility and sensitivity to disabled students. Another recent article mentions that many bathrooms aren’t accessible due to heavy doors, cramped spaces, or too-high soap dispensers. Elevators have gone down for many weeks of maintenance and signs to accessible routes have been removed with zero warning to students, etc.

Three-Year Indian Degree: Yes, though the program may have to request an exemption from the graduate school

University of Maryland Posts

Three-year program. About $20,000/year to act as an assistant or instructor for one class each in fall and spring, with remission of tuition costs but not the university’s $817.50 in yearly mandatory fees or the $125 in additional fees for international students. MFA students typically teach an undergraduate creative writing workshop in the spring semester of the the first year and teach ENGL 101 and/or serve as teaching assistants in undergraduate literature courses during their second year and third years. The Graduate School also has fellowships for McNair scholars and nominates for the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowship, though most full-support fellowships are available only to PhDs.

The Graduate School supplements funding with Dean’s Fellowships, Outstanding Graduate Assistant Awards, travel grants, and a three-minute thesis competition.

Health insurance is included with the assistantship.

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University of Miami

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Deadline: TBD

Tracks: TBD

GRE Required: TBD

Student Parents: TBD

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University of Miami Posts

Stipend, fee, assistantship, and fellowship/alternative full funding information TBD.

Supplemental funding TBD.

Health insurance information TBD.

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Miami University

Last updated November 11, 2020

Note: This university is in Oxford, Ohio.

Deadline: TBD

Tracks: TBD

GRE Required: TBD

Student Parents: TBD

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Miami University Ohio Posts

Stipend, fee, assistantship, and fellowship/alternative full funding information TBD.

Supplemental funding TBD.

Health insurance information TBD.

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University of Michigan

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Deadline: TBD

Tracks: TBD

GRE Required: TBD

Student Parents: TBD

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University of Michigan Posts

Stipend, fee, assistantship, and fellowship/alternative full funding information TBD.

Supplemental funding TBD.

Health insurance information TBD.

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University of Minnesota

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Tracks: TBD

GRE Required: TBD

Student Parents: TBD

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University of Minnesota Posts

Stipend, fee, assistantship, and fellowship/alternative full funding information TBD.

Supplemental funding TBD.

Health insurance information TBD.

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University of Mississippi

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Deadline: TBD

Tracks: TBD

GRE Required: TBD

Student Parents: TBD

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University of Mississippi Posts

Stipend, fee, assistantship, and fellowship/alternative full funding information TBD.

Supplemental funding TBD.

Health insurance information TBD.

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Deadline: TBD

Tracks: TBD

GRE Required: TBD

Student Parents: TBD

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas Posts

Stipend, fee, assistantship, and fellowship/alternative full funding information TBD.

Supplemental funding TBD.

Health insurance information TBD.

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University of New Mexico

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Deadline: TBD

Tracks: TBD

GRE Required: TBD

Student Parents: TBD

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University of New Mexico Posts

Stipend, fee, assistantship, and fellowship/alternative full funding information TBD.

Supplemental funding TBD.

Health insurance information TBD.

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North Carolina State University

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Deadline: TBD

Tracks: TBD

GRE Required: TBD

Student Parents: TBD

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North Carolina State University Posts

Stipend, fee, assistantship, and fellowship/alternative full funding information TBD.

Supplemental funding TBD.

Health insurance information TBD.

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Northwestern University

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Deadline: TBD

Tracks: TBD

GRE Required: TBD

Student Parents: TBD

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Northwestern University Posts

Stipend, fee, assistantship, and fellowship/alternative full funding information TBD.

Supplemental funding TBD.

Health insurance information TBD.

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University of Notre Dame

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Tracks: TBD

GRE Required: TBD

Student Parents: TBD

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University of Notre Dame Posts

Stipend, fee, assistantship, and fellowship/alternative full funding information TBD.

Supplemental funding TBD.

Health insurance information TBD.

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Ohio University

Last updated date

Deadline: TBD

Tracks: Communication Media Arts, Playwriting

GRE Required: TBD

Student Parents: TBD

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Ohio University Posts

Stipend, fee, assistantship, and fellowship/alternative full funding information TBD.

Supplemental funding TBD.

Health insurance information TBD.

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Ohio State University

Last updated date

Deadline: TBD

Tracks: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

GRE Required: TBD

Student Parents: TBD

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Ohio State University Posts

Stipend, fee, assistantship, and fellowship/alternative full funding information TBD.

Supplemental funding TBD.

Health insurance information TBD.

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University of Oregon

Last updated date

Deadline: TBD

Tracks: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

GRE Required: TBD

Student Parents: TBD

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University of Oregon Posts

Stipend, fee, assistantship, and fellowship/alternative full funding information TBD.

Supplemental funding TBD.

Health insurance information TBD.

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Oregon State University

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Tracks: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

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Purdue University

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Tracks: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

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University of Pittsburgh

Last updated November 2, 2020

NOTE: The University of Pittsburgh will not accept applications for the 2021-2022 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rutgers University–Camden

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Rutgers University–Newark

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University of South Florida

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Southern Illinois University

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Syracuse University

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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University of Texas in Austin

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University of Texas James Michener Center

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Vanderbilt University

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University of Virginia

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Virginia Tech

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Washington University in St. Louis

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Western Kentucky University

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West Virginia University

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Wichita State University

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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Tracks: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

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University of Wyoming

Last updated November 6, 2020

NOTE: The University of Wyoming is considering ending its MFA program, according to an alumna tweet on October 27, 2020.

Deadline: TBD

Tracks: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

GRE Required: TBD

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28 thoughts on “Fully Funded MFAs in Creative Writing

  1. Hi, Wonderful site. However, in terms of no-residency online MFAs that are fully funded and that have an option not to have to teach, I am having problems finding the correct information. Do you have an answering service?!

    1. Those don’t exist.

  2. Hi Cady, thank you so much, this is the best resource I’ve found and understood properly. Can you please tell me if all funding applies to international students or if there are different fees for domestic and international students? Thank you.

  3. I understand that Hunter College is only fully-funded for in-state NY students.

    1. “In Poetry and Fiction we can pay the cost of two full years of in-state tuition to every single admitted student. (If you’re not yet a New York resident this will be applied to your out-of-state tuition with the result that you’ll get a whopping discount.)”

  4. I really enjoyed your post.
    I have a question. Does the above funding apply to international students?

    1. Yes! Kind of. UC Irvine is not able to fund international students, as mentioned here and on their website. And most schools that waive application fees for some American applicants won’t do it for international ones. But nearly all MFAs will find an admitted international student just the same way they would an admitted American.

      1. Thank you for your quick response.
        Does that mean I can’t get a full funding because I’m an international student?

        1. You can get funding as an international student, but applying to schools will cost more.

          1. Thank you so much for your reply.

  5. Umass Amherst funds writers for 3 years both via their acceptance as teachers of writing in the undergrad Writing Program but you have to be accepted as a professor and then there are other fellowships available.

    1. Hello! Bad news, but a program that only funds those who are “accepted as a professor” is not a fully funded program. A fully funded program fully funds everybody, guaranteeing all accepted students the chance to teach without a separate application. UMass Amherst has accepted many students without funding and guarantees it to nobody.

      Also, people who teach while receiving their MFAs are not professors, but graduate student assistants. Professors are people who finished graduate school, published a book or two, and got full-time teaching jobs with benefits and administrative responsibilities. Sometimes graduate programs try to call their graduate student assistants professors, but you don’t want to go to those programs. They are flattering you so you don’t notice you’re being underpaid, overworked, and/or otherwise abused.

      1. EXACTLY. as a graduate of Umass I can say this program is not fully funded. It uses funding as a weapon. I remember a year where only 1 student wasn’t funded and everyone knew about it. Disturbing tactic.

  6. Cady- many thanks for such a wonderful resource! Have applied to a few because of your list. Thank you!

  7. Thank you so much for this information! I’m currently a Senior in Undergrad at the University of Delaware and this is very helpful in determining which MFA program to pursue. I also did a bit of research on VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) and they seem to offer full tuition waivers to MFA candidates, may be worth it to add to your list!

    1. Hello Starr,

      VCU’s program was taken off the list by a previous Workshop EiC in 2017 for offering multiple unfunded spots to applicants while advertizing itself as fully funded. It’s been three years, but I’ve been slow to add it back to our list while I work out what to write about that in a note.

      Good luck,

      Cady

      1. Hi Cady,

        Oh wow – I hate that they would advertise as such. That really sucks.. but thank you for letting me know! I’m definitely going to take a look at the mostly fully funded list now to decrease my list.

        Thanks!
        Starr

  8. You are amazing for doing this research and organizing it so clearly.
    Thank you!

  9. Amazing! It’s such a tremendous work done and I gained a great lot of information at a single stretch. Thank you 🙂

  10. Does John Hopkins university accept three year Indian degrees?

    1. Hi Sanya,

      Wish I could answer this question, but the university has yet to respond to my email. I will call them if another week goes by and I still haven’t heard.

    2. Hi Sanya,

      I just got an email. The department makes all admissions decisions, so yes, it seems the MFA is able to admit holders of three-year Indian bachelor’s degrees.

  11. The best resource found ! Thanks a lot for this data.

  12. Hi, oh my goodness, hi. So sorry you lost steam on this, it’s incredible. The best resource I’ve found so far. So humanist in understanding what people really need from grad school opportunities. Thank you for this list. I hope it grows! Will keep searching, but thank you for the wealth so far.

    1. Hi Lucia,

      I was making edits within the past hour and have been adding a new school each day. I promise all steam is not lost! That said, I am likely changing my self-imposed deadline to December 1.

  13. Nicole F. Stewart November 5, 2020 — 6:40 pm

    Do you have a list of the MFA Departments for each of these schools?

    1. Are you asking which department the MFAs are associated with? That’s going to be English something like 99% of the time.

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