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 Fall 2017. 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. Graduate Writing Fellows are eligible to earn a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing after completing their fellowships.

Terms and Conditions: Graduate Writing Fellows (GWFs) receive a stipend of $10,750 per semester, basic 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 2017, 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 in earlier stages of their doctoral programs. Please note that students cannot hold the fellowship beyond their seventh year of graduate study, so those currently in their seventh year are not eligible to apply. Awards are made on a semester-by-semester basis, with the expectation of renewal for up to three additional consecutive semesters (or one consecutive semester in the case of seventh-year graduate students). Current GWFs eligible for renewal will be informed about how to reapply. GWFs are supervised jointly by the Writing Program and their home departments.

Information Session: The Writing Program will host an information session for prospective applicants on Tuesday, October 18th, from 4 to 5 p.m. in CAS 200. At this session we will also provide information about Graduate Tutoring Fellowships, which are held by graduate students who have funding from their departments but do not have a position (TA or TF-ship) connected to the funding. 

Application Procedure: To apply, please complete the form below and upload the following materials:

  • A letter of application, addressed to Interim Director Chris Walsh, 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 (an unofficial Student Link version is fine)
  • A 15-25 page writing sample taken from your recent academic work.

Questions regarding the application process or the competition in general should be sent to We will interview selected applicants in December and notify all applicants of our decisions before the intersession.

Deadline: Complete applications are due by Monday, November 28, 2016.

Applications for 2017-2018 Graduate Writing Fellowships are no longer being accepted.

Book a Writing Consultation

Writing Consultants are available for all CAS WR classes. Appointments can be booked online.
Learn more

Writing Placement

Please visit the Placement page for more information about the online Writing Placement Test.
Click here

Fall 2017 Catalog

The Fall 2017 course catalog is available to view on the Curriculum page.
Click here