CASE Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, MA/MFA
The College of Arts, Sciences, and Education Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship (DDGF) program provides 2-years of support for selected fellows. The College recognizes that academic excellence at the undergraduate level is not the only indication of a potentially successful graduate student. Thus, experiences that demonstrate characteristics of resilience, self-awareness, creativity, perseverance in achieving goals, and leadership will be considered during the evaluation process. Applicants will also be evaluated on their ability and desire to collaborate in a diverse and inclusive working environment.
One fellow will be selected from among the following programs (if the applicant is not applying for admission in one of the programs listed above, the application will not be considered):
- MA in English
MFA in Creative Writing
The fellowship will provide a stipend of $19,000/year, and a full-time tuition waiver (9 credits in fall and spring terms), and up to $1,000/year in research and travel support.
- Applicants must be NEW to their graduate program in the Fall 2023 term.
- Transcripts from previous academic institutions must be present in the application materials submitted for the desired graduate program.
- Completed online questionnaire. See Supplemental Questions below.
- Provide the name and contact information for one professor or research advisor from a previous or current academic institution to provide a recommendation letter that will attest to the applicant’s qualities as sought by this fellowship program.
- Evidence of prior fellowships, honors, or awards. Copies of award letters will suffice as acceptable evidence.
All fellows must meet admissions requirements of the graduate program to which they are applying. It is expected that research interests of the fellow will be in line with the needs and expertise of that program.
Fellows will be required to attend various workshops selected from topics such as career development, mentorship, effective teaching techniques, and writing. A workshop on writing fellowship applications will enhance the fellow’s chances of continued support through other fellowship programs.
Additional requirements include:
- a 3.00 GPA in all semesters of the fellowship.
- remaining in good standing with regards to academic integrity.
- maintaining a healthy, collegial working relationship with faculty and other students.