Student Fellowships

The Virginia G. Piper Global Residency Fellowship

May 10 – 27, 2018 in Singapore, Hong Kong, & Taipei

Founded in 2014, the Virginia G. Piper Global Residency Fellowship is a competitive, $5,500 fellowship providing graduate students in ASU's Creative Writing program with the opportunity to study abroad in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taipei.



About the Global Residency Fellowship

The Residency program is designed to challenge MFA students with dynamic writing and teaching expereinces, to encourage deep cultural engagement, to inspire generative and innovative new writing, and to provide students with the tools to contextualize a wide array of international writing within their own life-long study and creative practice.

The purpose of the residency is to teach emerging writers about international perspectives and writing opportunities, and strategies for writing descriptive, detail-rich settings.  It also examines the dangers and challenges of writing about another place or culture that is not one's own, while providing guidance on how to write responsibly and avoid appropriation and exploitation. 

In the place of traditional workshops, the residency features craft lectures, generative writing exercises, and educational excursions to cultural events, parks, temples, sanctuaries, and other sites for environmental and place-based writing sessions. In addition to concentrating on poetry and fiction, the residency explores the crossovers between poetry, fiction, memoir, nonfiction, journalism, visual art, and travel writing.

Global Residency Fellowship Faculty

The residency courses and itinerary will be lead by program director Angie Dell, Managing Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and Matt Bell, Creative Writing Faculty in Fiction at ASU. An array of featured courses will be taught by prominent and celebrated local writers who are knowedgable about their fields and about their city's contemporary concerns, history, literary trends, publishing scene, and diverse communities.

Featured faculty for the 2017 program included writers from or based in Singapore and Hong Kong: Alvin Pang, Amanda Lee Koe, Cyril Wong, James Shea, Nicholas Wong, and Dorothy Tse. Additional classes were taught by Naomi Telushkin (ASU MFA graduate and recent Fulbright recipient for a writing project based in Singapore), Matt Bell, and Angie Dell.

Preparation and Special Commitments

Fellowship recipients will be required to meet once per month with Angie Dell and Matt Bell during the spring semester to help prepare for their engagement abroad and to develop an introduction to global literature, particularly the literature of East and Southeast Asia.



Global Residency Fellowship Amount

$5,500 Piper Global Writing Residency Fellowship (amount subject to change based on current airfare prices and estimated costs). The Global Fellowship Award covers fellowship expenses including airfare, meals, utilities, other personal living expenses, visa and passport fees, immunizations, and local transportation; and includes additional funding intended to help support student expenses while writing throughout the summer. Any costs that exceed the fellowship amount will be at the student’s expense. Comfortable hotel or dorm accommodations will be provided in each location.



Global Residency Fellowship Eligibility

To be eligible to the Global Teaching Fellowship, individuals must be graduate students currently enrolled in ASU's Creative Writing program in their first or second year.

While students may apply for both the Global Residency and the Global Teaching Fellowships, only one fellowship may be awarded, and separate applications are required for each.

Students are ineligible to receive the same fellowship two years in a row.



Global Residency Fellowship Reflection

Within thirty days of completing the fellowship, students must submit an essay about their international fellowship experience (responding to a provided writing prompt), 3-5 photos, and a program evaluation. Late responses will render students ineligible for future fellowships.Photos and essay excerpts may be used on the Piper Global website, and will be credited appropriately.

Upon completion, students will also be evaluated by the residency faculty and staff, and these evaluations may impact eligibility for future fellowships, grants, and opportunities through the Piper Center.



Global Residency Fellowship Application

To apply for the Global Residency Fellowship, please prepare and complete the following materials:

  1. Global Fellowship Application Form
  2. Fellowship Proposal: 2-page essay, single-spaced
  3. Personal Statement: 1-page essay, single-spaced
  4. Manuscript: 5 poems or 10-12 pages of fiction

Treat this process as a creative project proposal, and not a job application: you must convince the judges that your unique proposal deserves the fellowship award, rather than trying to meet a certain set of expected criteria. More information about each application component is available in the application instructions.


All materials should be professionally formatted (with the last name and page number in the footer of each page) and submitted as a multi-page, single .pdf document to Managing Director Angie Dell via email at Applications should be titled "LastName FellowshipType" (e.g. "Smith Residency"). Late applications will not be accepted.


This year's judges are writers Tania De Rozario and Jess Row. All awards are based purely on merit.

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For more information about the Global Residency Fellowship, please contact the program director: Angie Dell, Managing Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing;; 480-727-0815.