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 beginning Fall 2024. These competitive fellowships provide GRS doctoral students with an opportunity to receive valuable training and teaching experience. 

Terms and Conditions: Graduate Writing Fellows (GWFs) receive a stipend of at least $13,133 per semester (the rate in 2023-24), basic health insurance coverage, and continuing student fees. GWFs teach one undergraduate writing seminar (WR 120 or WR 151/152/153) 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 Spring 2024, WR 698 will meet on Thursday afternoons from 3:30–4:45 p.m. The following fall, new GWFs must take Teaching College Writing (GRS WR 699), a two-credit practicum that guides them through their first semester of teaching in the Writing Program. GWFs are encouraged but not required to attend other program events, such as orientation sessions and faculty meetings. GWFs who participate in a Writing Program faculty seminar and create a teaching portfolio are eligible for a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing.

Eligibility and Renewal: PhD students from all disciplinary backgrounds in GRS are eligible for the Graduate Writing Fellowship; the CAS Writing Program is particularly interested in expanding the topical range of seminars offered, and candidates beyond the humanities, and/or with research interests that reflect our diverse student body, are encouraged to apply. The Writing Program values applications from PhD students who are first-generation students and/or from historically marginalized populations. We will consider applications from students who are currently in their third, thru sixth year of their doctoral programs, though currently most GWFs hold advanced standing (post-orals) in their 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 graduate students entering their seventh year). 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 is hosting a virtual information session for prospective applicants on Friday, October 13 from 3:30-4:30 pm on Zoom (details coming soon). For further details please complete the form below.

The information session has already taken place, for information please contact writing@bu.edu.

Application Procedure: To apply, please complete the application form below, and upload the following materials by Monday, October 23, 2023:

  • A letter of application of no more than 500 words, addressed to Director Sarah Madsen Hardy, discussing your reasons for wishing to teach in the Writing Program, your teaching experience, work you have done in supporting other writers, 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 StudentLink version is fine).
  • A 15-25 page writing sample taken from your recent academic work.

Applications for 2024-2025 Graduate Writing Fellowships are no longer being accepted. The deadline for submission has passed.

Questions regarding the application process or the competition in general should be sent to writing@bu.edu. We will interview select applicants in mid-November and notify all applicants of our decisions by Friday, December 1.