Graduate Writing Fellows Program
Dougherty Family College
University of St. Thomas

The English Graduate Program is proud to now offer two graduate writing fellowships.

Each Graduate Writing Fellow will provide support a faculty instructor who is assigned to teach core courses in the new Dougherty Family (Two-year) College. The GWF will attend all class sessions; help grade informal and formal writing assignments; update/coordinate Blackboard and other forms of course record-keeping; lead class activities or discussions on select topics; and mentor students individually and in small groups. 

Each Graduate Writing Fellow will receive a tuition waiver for two years of full-time study and a stipend of $5,000 per year.* In order to maintain eligibility, the GWF must take 5 courses/year during the two-year term of the fellowship (including summer, if desired). The GWF must also maintain a GPA of 3.5 in graduate course work in order to remain in the position. The GWF will work at the Dougherty Family College (Minneapolis Campus) for 10 hours per week. GWFs will be trained in an intensive seminar during the month of August before classes begin. They must also enroll in Teaching College English (GENG 507) during spring semester 2018.

Graduate Writing Fellow positions will be awarded to current or new MA English students. Successful applicants will have (1) an outstanding record of achievement in their undergraduate coursework and (2) experience teaching, mentoring, or otherwise working with students from diverse backgrounds and under-represented groups.

To Apply: Submit a two-page essay describing why you wish to be considered for one of these positions. Your narrative should include discussion of your relevant experience teaching, mentoring, or otherwise working with high school or undergraduate students from diverse populations or from under-represented groups. Applicants should submit the essay to Soren Hoeger-Lerdal by March 1.

*The offer of a graduate writing fellowship is dependent on final accreditation of the Dougherty Family College, which is expected in the spring of 2017. In the unlikely event that the college is not accredited, the English Department will fund the tuition waiver but will not be able to fund the stipend.