Student Fellowships

The Virginia G. Piper Global Teaching Fellowship

May 14 – June 26, 2018 in Singapore

The Virginia G. Piper Global Teaching Fellowship is a competitive, $7,000 fellowship providing graduate students in ASU's Creative Writing program with the opportunity to teach creative writing classes to honors undergraduate and high school students at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Founded in 2005, the Global Teaching Fellowship is the Piper Center’s longest running international program, now entering its fourteenth year in partnership with the National University of Singapore.



About the Global Teaching Fellowship

During the summer of 2019, one or two ASU MFA students will have the opportunity to live and write in Singapore and teach creative writing classes for honors undergraduate and high school students at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The 6-week undergraduate course meets twice a week, and the high school course, if offered, runs for two weeks. A one-day teaching opportunity for additional compensation may also be offered at an Arts Camp program through Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

Preparation and Special Commitments

Teaching Fellowship recipients will be required to meet with Piper Center staff 3 times during the spring semester to help prepare for their engagements abroad. They will also be required to submit a detailed syllabus and work promptly with the National University of Singapore throughout the spring semester in preparation for their teaching commitments.  

Global Teaching Fellowship Amount

The Virginia G. Piper Global Teaching Fellowship provides $7,000 in fellowship support. The 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 throughout the summer. Any costs that exceed the fellowship amount will be at the student’s expense. Comfortable, apartment-style housing will be provided by NUS.

Global Teaching Fellowship Eligibility

To be eligible for the Global Teaching Fellowship, individuals must be graduate students currently enrolled in ASU's Creative Writing program in their first or second year.  Applicants must be in good academic standing and on track to finish their MFA degree by the end of the Spring 2020 or Spring 2021 semester.  

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 Teaching Fellowship Award Requirements

  • During your Fellowship period, you will be responsible for taking 3 photographs and collecting 3 objects or pieces of ephemera (a flyer, newspaper, menu, etc).  Within 30 days of when you return from the Fellowship, you will need to submit these photos and items (or images/scans of them, if not the actual items) to the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.  From those 6 submitted items, the Piper Center will select 3, and conduct 3 short interviews with you over the course of the year, with questions pertaining to the significance of one of the items or photos, among other reflection questions. These creative interviews may be conducted in written, audio, or video format, and may be published in part or in full, both in print or online.
  • As a fellowship recipient, you will also teach a 2-hour Piper Writers Studio course at some point in the next school year, working with the Piper Center’s Education Programs Coordinator.  This course will be community-focused and free to the public, and should reference or incorporate aspects of your fellowship time and studies.  The Piper Center staff will provide support in helping you develop this course, as needed.  This is a great opportunity to share some of what you’ve learned with writers back home!

Global Teaching Fellowship Application

Due: Monday, October 1st, 2018 by 11:59 PM

To apply for the Virginia G. Piper Global Teaching Fellowship, please prepare and complete the following materials:

  1. Global Fellowship Application Form
  2. Personal Statement (1 page, single-spaced): This should be a short, introductory essay, introducing yourself as a teacher and writer, and expressing your interests in this Fellowship experience.
  3. Fellowship Proposal (2-3 pages, single-spaced): This should be a detailed, structured proposal for how this fellowship award would support your goals and professional development.  This should communicate your vision for the teaching period, and how you envision approaching and preparing for this teaching experience.
  4. 10-page writing sample (poetry or fiction)
  5. Teaching Evaluation or recommendation (see application instructions for more information)

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 no later than 11:59 PM on 10/1/18.  Files should be titled “LastName Teaching Fellowship” (ex: Smith Teaching Fellowship.pdf). Please include “TEACHING FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION” in the email’s subject line. 

Late applications will not be accepted.



Independent judges, external to ASU, will determine the recipient.  The fellowship award will be announced by Friday, November 30th, 2018 and the award will be dispersed in Spring 2019.


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More Information about the Virginia G. Piper Global Teaching Fellowship

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