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Creative Research Faculty Fellowship

Up to $15,000 for travel, research, projects, and more

The Virginia G. Piper Creative Research Faculty Fellowship is a competitive, merit-based fellowship of up to $15,000 awarded to any faculty or instructor currently teaching a course in English or Creative Writing at Arizona State University for travel, research, participation in residencies, presentations at conferences, or other projects and professional opportunities with a creative writing focus.

Applications consist of a statement of purpose, a budget, a proposal, and supporting materials. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2021. 

 To learn more about the fellowship, keep reading or complete an application. You can also learn about the Global Creative Research Fellowship

For more information, contact Assistant Director, Dana Tribke at

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About the Creative Research Faculty Fellowship

This year the Piper Center will award two Creative Research Fellowships in place of the Global Research Fellowship which will not run due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is proud to announce the Creative Writing Faculty Fellowship Program. This fellowship is open to all Creative Writing/English faculty, and adjunct instructors at Arizona State University. The fellowship award is up to $15,000 meant to enrich the depth and breadth of experience faculty have in their art with a potential impact to the ASU community and students.

Fellowships are self-led, and may entail a residency opportunity, research, conference involvement, or project enhancement. Applications must have a creative writing focus. Projects must be completed by August 31, 2022.

Funding & Awards

Fellowship funds are awarded based on the proposed project, not to exceed one year from the beginning of the project. 

Fellowship funding can be structured as travel reimbursement, course release replacement salary and/or research expense reimbursement. When considering a course release, keep in mind while preparing budgets that course releases must be negotiated by recipients with their individual departments. Rates for course releases vary based on course and department and must be predetermined with your home department before award.

Please note: all fellowship funds are released on a reimbursement basis and must be justified within the proposed budget. Travel must be pre-approved by the Dean's office and run through ASU MyTrip. All ASU COVID-19 restrictions will be followed and travel may be delayed based on approvals. If trips are taken outside of the ASU system they will not be reimbursed. Awards should be used from July 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

Creative Research Faculty Fellowship Eligibility

The Virginia G. Piper Creative Research Faculty Fellowship is open to any faculty or instructor currently teaching a course in English or Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Preference will be given to individuals teaching creative writing courses at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Courses may be taught in-person at any campus or online. Faculty and instructors of any level—tenured, tenure-track, or adjunct—may apply. 

Please note: faculty and instructors who are also currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate or graduate students are ineliglbe to apply.

Creative Research Faculty Fellowship Application

Applications for the Creative Research Faculty Fellowship are accepted through an online form containing the following elements:

  • A statement of purpose (500 words)
  • A budget
  • A proposal / vision and impact statement including a timeline, itinerary, and vision (up to 5 pages)


Applications for the faculty fellowship are due Mar 1, 2021 11:59 p.m. Arizona Time. Announcements will be made in Spring 2021. 

Please note: while there is no formal deadline for the completion of projects, all funding must be used by August 31, 2022. No reimbursements for expenses can be processed after this date. Any unused funding will return to the Piper Center. Awards are intended for use from July 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022. 


Applications will be judged by an independent author unaffiliated with Arizona State University. 


Upon return, fellowship recipients will be required to:

  • Submit an impact statement with three pictures
  • Participate in a one-on-one debrief with Piper Center staff
  • Facilitate a class with the Piper Writers Studio within six months of the project's completion

The Piper Center can also facilitate a showcase, launch, or other event celebrating the project upon its completion at the recipient's request.

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More Information

For more information about the Virginia G. Piper Creative Research Faculty Fellowship, please contact Dana Tribke, Assistant Director at 480.965.1243 or