Graduate Writing Fellowships

The CAS Writing Program is soliciting applications from GRS doctoral students interested in being considered for one of approximately 10-12 Graduate Writing Fellowships that we will award for Fall 2018. These competitive fellowships provide GRS doctoral students  with an opportunity to receive valuable training and teaching experience while serving as instructors in the Writing Program. (Interested non-GRS students should write to writing@bu.edu to inquire about their eligibility.) 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 $11,000 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 2018, WR 698 will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 4:40 to 5:55 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, on the other hand, 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 faculty 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. Please be aware that the terms of this fellowship, per Graduate School policy, preclude graduate students from teaching an additional course at BU or elsewhere.

Information Session: The Writing Program will host an information session for prospective applicants on Tuesday, October 10th, from 4 to 5 p.m. in CAS 200.

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 writing@bu.edu. We will interview selected applicants the last week of November and notify all applicants of our decisions by December 1, 2017.

Deadline: Complete applications are due by Tuesday, October 31.

Graduate Writing Fellowship Application

  • The class year you will enter next fall
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.

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