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The Virginia G. Piper Creative Research Fellowship is a competitive, merit-based fellowship that is awarded to up to 2 full-time Master of Fine Arts students in Creative Writing, who are focusing on the completion of a creative manuscript in fiction or poetry.
The Creative Research Fellowship provides a summer stipend of up to $5,000 (depending on proposed budget) to support a research project involving international exchange. This award is intended to provide financial support for a student writer engaged in research that will aid the completion of their creative manuscript. The research proposal must involve an international focus of some kind, though international travel may or may not be required to support this research—the student might instead need the funding to study at a local archive, for example, or to aid in strategic outreach, programming, or communications, so long as international exchange is a key aspect of the proposal.
The Virginia G. Piper Creative Research Fellowship provides up to $5,000 in research support. Amount awarded is based on proposed budget outlined in the applicant’s Fellowship Proposal, and on project merit as determined by the application judges. The Fellowship award covers proposed fellowship expenses; any costs that exceed the fellowship amount will be at the student’s expense.
To be eligible for the Virginia G. Piper Creative Research Fellowship, applicants must be graduate students currently enrolled in ASU's MFA Creative Writing program in their first or second year of the program, at time of application; students in their 3rd year of the program are ineligible to apply.
Applicants must also be in good academic standing and on track to finish their MFA degrees by the end of the Spring 2020 or Spring 2021 semester. Students are ineligible to receive the same fellowship two years in a row.
A student can apply for but cannot receive both a Virginia G. Piper Global Teaching Fellowship and a Virginia G. Piper Creative Research Fellowship in the same year. If a candidate is highly ranked for both fellowships, they will be given the opportunity to choose between the two awards.
Due: Monday, October 15th, 2018 by 11:59 PM
To apply for the Virginia G. Piper Creative Research Fellowship, please prepare and complete the following materials:
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 email@example.com no later than 11:59 PM on 10/15/18. Files should be titled “LastName Research Fellowship” (ex: Smith Research Fellowship.pdf). Please include “RESEARCH 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, December 14th, 2018 and the award will be dispersed in Spring 2019.
For more information about the Virginia G. Piper Creative Research Fellowship, please contact the program director: Angie Dell, Associate Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing; firstname.lastname@example.org; 480-727-0815.