Graduate Writing Fellowships

The CAS Writing Program is soliciting applications from doctoral students interested in being considered for one of approximately 10-12 Graduate Writing Fellowships that we will award for the fall of 2014.  These competitive fellowships provide doctoral students from across the university with an opportunity to receive valuable training and teaching experience while serving as instructors in the Writing Program.

Terms and Conditions: Graduate Writing Fellows (GWFs) receive a stipend of $10,000 per semester, health insurance coverage, and continuing student fees.  GWFs teach one undergraduate writing seminar (WR 100 or WR 150) per semester.  The spring before their first semester of teaching, incoming GWFs must take Teaching Composition (GRS WR 698), a two-credit seminar designed to prepare them for their fall teaching assignments. Tuition for this course is covered by the fellowship. In the spring of 2013, WR 698 will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 to 4 p.m.  The following fall, new GWFs must take Teaching College Writing (GRS WR699), a two-credit practicum that guides them through their first semester of teaching in the Writing Program.  Continuing GWFs are required to participate in a variety of professional development activities for which they receive WR 699 credit.  In addition, all GWFs may be required to attend other occasional program events, such as orientation sessions and staff meetings.

Eligibility and Renewal: The CAS Writing Program offers writing seminars on topics from across the disciplines.  We therefore welcome applications not only from students in literature and the humanities but also from students in the social and natural sciences.  Most Graduate Writing Fellows are GRS students, but we will consider applications from non-GRS students as well.  Likewise, most GWFs hold advanced standing (post-orals) in their programs, but we will consider applications from students at any stage in their doctoral programs.  Awards are made on a semester-by-semester basis, with the expectation of renewal for up to four semesters.  Students who have taught as GWFs for four or more semesters may also apply for renewal, but their applications will be considered only after all first-time applicants and GWFs who have held the fellowship for fewer than four semesters have been considered.  (Current GWFs eligible for renewal will be informed about how to apply.) GWFs are supervised jointly by the Writing Program and their home departments.

Information Session: The Writing Program is hosting an information session for prospective applicants on Monday, October 7th, from 4 to 5 p.m. in CSS 346, 100 Bay State Road.

Application Procedure: To apply, please submit the following materials to Joseph Bizup, Assistant Dean and Director, CAS Writing Program:

  • A letter of application discussing your reasons for wishing to teach in the Writing Program, your teaching experience, your academic or research interests, and your progress toward degree.  We are especially interested in hearing how the fellowship will contribute to your broader professional preparation.
  • A curriculum vitae and current graduate transcript (unofficial Student Link version is fine)
  • A 15-25 page writing sample taken from your recent academic work.
  • The name of one BU faculty recommender familiar with your prior teaching and academic work. (You may provide the names of two recommenders if no single person is familiar with both your teaching and academic work.)

Please email these materials, as Word or PDF attachments, to writing@bu.edu. We will interview selected applicants in December and notify all applicants of our decisions before the intersession.

Deadline: Complete applications are due by Friday, November 15, 2013.

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