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Creative Engagement Fellowship

The Virginia G. Piper Creative Engagement Fellowship is a merit-based fellowship that is awarded to full-time Master of Fine Arts students in Creative Writing at Arizona State University who have been accepted to present at or participate in a creative writing opportunity requiring financial support. Examples of qualifying opportunities may include:

  • Presenting at a conference or festival
  • Participating in a competitive residency program, workshop, or other educational opportunity
  • Other engagements that offer unique opportunities for professional and creative advancement

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About the Creative Engagement Fellowship

The Virginia G. Piper Creative Engagement Fellowship is a merit-based fellowship that is awarded to full-time Master of Fine Arts students in Creative Writing at Arizona State University who have been accepted to present at or participate in a creative writing opportunity requiring financial support. 

This fellowship award is intended to provide support for competitive opportunities that take place on a local, national, or international level, and that position students as leaders in their field or in their communities. This could, for example, involve a writer being featured as a presenter or speaker within a creative writing conference, international festival, or literary series, etc.; or being included as part of a select group of creative writers for an advanced learning opportunity, such as a writing residency, seminar, or workshop, etc. The Creative Engagement Fellowship is available for opportunities both in the United States or internationally.

Applications must demonstrate that the student has been selected or invited to participate; this award is not intended to fund attendance at a conference or festival where the student is not also planning to present or be featured in some capacity. If you have questions regarding whether an opportunity might qualify for this fellowship, please contact Coordinator, Outreach Programs M. McDonough at m.mcdonough@asu.edu.

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Creative Engagement Fellowship Amount

The Creative Engagement Fellowship provides financial assistance to enable students to pursue competitive creative and professional opportunities alongside their studies. Award amounts will be determined based on an application’s submitted budget, and may be funded in full or in partial fulfillment of the provided budget, as determined by the proposal and budget’s merits and by the amount of award funding available from the Piper Center. Any costs that exceed the fellowship award will be at the student’s expense.

Submitted budgets should be clear, detailed, and well-researched, and should include only costs requiring financial assistance, with documentation provided as needed. For example, if seeking funding to support conference hotel costs, consider attaching a PDF of the conference website demonstrating the conference hotel and its rates.

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Creative Engagement Fellowship Eligibility

Current ASU MFA Creative Writing students are eligible to apply and may be in their 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd year as a student. Applicants must be enrolled as a student and in good academic standing at the time of the application deadline. Students may only submit one application for consideration during each academic year, and are ineligible to receive multiple Creative Engagement Fellowship awards during the same academic year.

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Creative Engagement Fellowship Application

Submit documentation via the online portal (link above) no later than 11:59 PM on 8/30/19. Files should be titled “LastName Engagement Fellowship” (ex: Doe Engagement Fellowship.pdf).

Include:

  • Fellowship Proposal (Up to 1 page, single-spaced): A summary of the opportunity and how you will be featured or will participate, and a statement on the professional and/or creative impact it will have on you as a writer
  • Budget: A detailed outline of all costs you are seeking support for through this fellowship, with justification statements and other documentation provided for clarity as needed
  • Acceptance or Invitation Letter: A copy of your invitation or acceptance to participate in the opportunity
  • Curriculum Vitae: A professionally formatted CV including your creative and professional experiences and accomplishments

Deadlines

Applications will be accepted 4 times per year during the 2019-2020 academic year—before the August 30th, October 30th, December 30th, and March 30th deadlines—to support upcoming opportunities.

Please include proof of your acceptance or invitation to the opportunity with your application materials, and apply as soon in advance as you are able, as applications will be reviewed after each application deadline but may support opportunities occurring within 12 months of the deadline. For example, an application awarded from the August 30th 2019 deadline may support an opportunity occurring any time before August 30th, 2020.

Judging

The Piper Center reserves the right to judge the applications via an internal committee or to use judges external to ASU, depending on the funding amount and number of applications received. Awards will be announced within one month of each deadline, by September 30th 2019, October 30th 2019, December 30th 2019, January 30th 2020, and April 30th 2020 respectively.

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More Information

For more information about the Virginia G. Piper Creative Engagement Fellowship, please contact the program director: M. McDonough, Coordinator, Outreach Programs of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at 480.965.5913 or m.mcdonough@asu.edu.

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