Fellowships and Literary Outreach

Graduate Program Fellowships

All incoming students to the Creative Writing Program receive graduate fellowships that range from from half-tuition remission to full-tuition remission with generous stipends.

Among others, full fellowships include The Axinn Fellowship, The Jim Brodey Fellowship, The Jill Davis Fellowship, The Fromer Fellowship, The Jan Gabrial Fellowship, The Lillian Vernon Fellowship, and the Wiley Birkhofer Fellowship. Additionally, the Rona Jaffe Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing is awarded annually to support one incoming female student.

A generous gift from the Axinn Foundation has established the Axinn Foundation Fellowship, 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. 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.

Teaching Opportunities

All graduate students are offered undergraduate teaching positions during their second year of study. Recipients of these positions design and teach a semester-long introductory course in creative writing for undergraduates and participate in a teaching practicum offered by the program. These positions offer compensation of approximately $6,000 per course.

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. Allocated during the second year, the following fellowships provide full tuition-remission plus substantial stipends:

Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop Fellowships
NYU Veterans Writing Workshop Fellowships
Starworks Fellowships
Writers in the Public Schools Fellowships

Global Research Initiatives Fellowships

NYU offers the unique opportunity for students to take advantage of the univeristy's global sites through the Global Research Initiatives Fellowship Program. GRI institutes have been established at NYU's sites in Athens, Berlin, Florence, London, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, Washington, D.C., and on the campus of Tel Aviv University. Graduate student fellows at GRI Research Institutes are given office space, modest administrative support, one round-trip, economy ticket from New York to the site (to be booked through the GRI program), and a flat-rate per-diem subsidy intended to partially defray living costs. As of fall 2016 the per diem rates for the Research Institutes are as follows: Athens, Berlin, Florence, London, Paris, Prague, Shanghai, and Tel Aviv are set at $75 per day; Washington, D.C. is set at $70 per day.

The Graduate School's Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

GSAS encourages students to apply for external assistance and provides tuition support to recipients of external awards. Students receiving external awards of $13,000 or more from recognized, academic sources of funding outside of the University can apply for matching tuition points up to the amount of their outside award. Students receiving external awards of less than $13,000 may apply for matching tuition points up to 50 percent of the amount of the external award. TIP instructions and terms of the award are available online (Adobe Acrobat Reader required). For a list of external awards students have received and successfully matched throug the TIP program, please click here.  

Additional Sources of Funding

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
   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   
   Open Education Database Scholarships

Job boards:

   The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)
   Media Bistro
   Poets & Writers   

All NYU students now have free access to Scholly, a platform that connects students with a portfolio of $420 million in scholarship opportunities worldwide. Scholly matches students to potential scholarships for which you might be eligible after creating a profile to indicate your majors, interests, background and qualifications. The average award is between $500 and $1,000. Once matched, students can navigate out of the Scholly platform to apply for scholarships directly from the organizations listed. For free access, you must use your NYU-issued email address to create an account at https://app.myscholly.com/NYU. (Instructions are also listed here.)

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.