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 all admitted students will receive 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. 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 2016-17 will be approximately $4500 per student.

The MFA at BU

About the Program

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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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