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Fellowships and Literary Outreach

Departmental Fellowships


All incoming students to the Creative Writing Program receive Departmental Fellowships, ranging from half-tuition remission to full-tuition remission with generous stipends. Tuition is calculated based on a course load of 16 credits per year; during 2015-2016, the cost per credit was $1,608.00, or $25,728.00 for the year (before the application of Departmental Fellowships).

Additionally, all incoming students receive undergraduate teaching positions during the second year. These positions involve designing and teaching a semester-long introductory course in creative writing for undergraduates, as well as attending a teaching practicum offered by the program. Compensation for teaching is approximately $5,300 per course. Many students also receive additional funding from the literary outreach fellowship programs listed below.

Graduate Program Fellowships

The Rona Jaffe Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing is awarded each year to support one incoming female student. The fellowship provides full tuition and a generous stipend. No separate application is necessary to be considered for this fellowship.

In recognition of the special contributions women writers make to our culture and society, Rona Jaffe (1931-2005) established The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards program in 1995. It is the only national literary awards program of its kind dedicated to supporting women writers exclusively. Since the program began, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to emergent women writers. The Foundation has also established fellowships for women writers in Ms. Jaffe's honor at several distinguished institutions, including The Rona Jaffe Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing at NYU.

The Fromer Fellowship, The Jan Gabrial Fellowship, and The Lillian Vernon Fellowship provide varying levels of support and are awarded annually to incoming students. No separate application is necessary for any of these fellowships.

A generous gift from The Axinn Foundation has established The Axinn Foundation Fellowship. To be awarded each year to a graduating student of exceptional promise, the fellowship is designed to provide emerging writers with time dedicated exclusively to writing, as well as invaluable guidance under an assigned faculty mentor during the final stages of writing and preparing a book for publication. In consultation with the Director of the Creative Writing Program and the Dean of the Graduate School, the recipient is selected by a faculty committee and appointed as the Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence for the academic year following graduation. As Writer-in-Residence, the fellow also has the opportunity to teach one undergraduate class. The appointment carries a generous stipend and includes full benefits.

Literary Outreach Fellowships

The Creative Writing Program is committed to developing innovative literary outreach programs that enable students to teach creative writing in both traditional and non-traditional settings, focusing on underserved and marginalized communities. NYU's outreach initiatives serve as national models in the field. These vital programs are based in the belief that creative talent can flourish in even the most challenging circumstances. The outreach programs also enable students to train as teachers in the field, preparing them for teaching positions in schools and other professional settings upon graduation. We hope to continue to raise funds for these initiatives in order to expand and strengthen our efforts.

Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop Fellowships

NYU Veterans Writing Workshop Fellowships

Starworks Fellowships

Writers in the Public Schools Fellowships

Additional Sources of Funding


For a list of Fellowship and Residency Deadlines, please regularly visit the CWP's Important Deadlines For Graduate Students page. 

Dean’s Student Travel Grant Program
The Dean's Student Travel Grant Program helps graduate students defray the cost of presenting their work at professional meetings and conferences. To be eligible for these $500 awards, students must receive approval from their department chair or director of graduate studies. Students are eligible for one award during their master's career. For more information, please visit the Travel Grant Application Page.


Below is a list of local and NYU-related programs and centers which provide funding for qualified students:
   America Reads/America Counts Program
   The Community Word Project
   The Foundation Center in New York (on-line tutorial: Finding Foundation Support for Your Education)
   Fulbright Program
   HEOP – Higher Education Opportunities Program
   Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
   John Jay College (tutoring)
   MAP – Morse Academic Plan Metro Center for Urban Education
   The Wasserman Center for Career Development has listings for both part-time and full-time positions throughout the city. 
   NYU Undergraduate Creative Writing Program (please visit our Teaching Opportunities page for more   information)
   The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships For New Americans

Job boards:
   Authorlink
   The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)
   Craigslist
   Media Bistro
   Ed2010
   Sun Oasis Jobs

Students who work full-time at NYU are eligible for tuition remission as an employee of the university. For information on job openings at NYU, consult the Human Resources website.

The Wasserman Center for Career Development has listings for both part-time and full-time positions throughout the university. You can find out more by visiting their website or by calling 212-998-4730. Their offices are located at 133 E. 13th St., 2nd Floor.

For an additional listing of funding possibilities available to graduate students at NYU, please visit the Graduate School's Financial Aid page or just click on our Financial Aid link under the Graduate Program heading.