Financial Support

Tuition costs will be covered for every admitted student for the MFA degree in the BU Creative Writing Program. In addition, admitted students will receive university health insurance while they are enrolled and in 2015-16 all admitted students who indicate a need for financial aid will receive $12,800 of stipend support. For most students, this will involve teaching either an introductory creative writing workshop (EN 202) at Boston University or, thanks to a gift from Elizabeth L. Leonard, working on creative writing with high school students at the nearby Boston Arts Academy, a dynamic public city pilot school for painters, musicians, dancers, actors, composers, and choreographers. Stipend support is made possible for fiction writers by awards from the Saul Bellow and Leslie Epstein Funds and the Deutsch Fellowship; for poets, stipend support is made possible by the Hurley Creative Writing Fund Award and the Starbuck Fellowship. In 2014-15 the Marcia J. Trimble Graduate Fellowship supports an outstanding female MFA student fiction writer. MFA fiction writers are also eligible for the Saul Bellow and William A. Holodnak Fiction Prizes. Finally, upon completion of their academic requirements, all MFA poets will be eligible for a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, allowing for up to three months of travel, writing and study outside the United States; MFA fiction writers will be eligible for a Leslie Epstein Global Fellowship. Global Fellowship amounts in 2014-15 will be approximately $4000 per student.

The MFA at BU

A Note From the Director

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The Global Fellowships

Our MFA students have the opportunity to live, write, and travel anywhere in the world

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The Translation Seminar

Read about BU's renowned Translation Seminar

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