Full Tuition and Living Stipend Now Offered for MFA in Creative Writing Students

By Tom McLaughlin

Students in the master of fine arts (MFA) program in creative writing at Rutgers University–Camden will now have more time to focus on their literary pursuits, thanks to new funding available to full-time students that will cover tuition and living expenses.

The grant, allocated by Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, will enable five incoming Rutgers–Camden MFA students to receive traditional teaching assistantships with tuition remission. An additional five students will receive a new, interdisciplinary fellowship with the opportunity to teach composition.

In lieu of a traditional teaching schedule, these students will work in various departments on campus in exchange for tuition remission and a stipend. The first cohort of students benefiting from this new arrangement will begin classes in fall 2017. The MFA application deadline for the fall 2017 semester is Friday, Jan. 27. To apply, visit mfa.camden.rutgers.edu/how-to-apply.

“Full funding is a game-changer for the MFA program,” says Lauren Grodstein, an associate professor of English and director of the MFA program at Rutgers–Camden. “With Pulitzer and Guggenheim Award-winning faculty, a beautiful home in the historic Writers House at Rutgers–Camden, and an NEA-sponsored reading series, the Rutgers–Camden MFA program has all the pieces in place to become one of the top programs in the nation. By providing us with this crucial funding, President Barchi has recognized our potential and allowed us to offer full support to our incredible students.”

MFA students at Rutgers University–Camden will now have the opportunity to concentrate further on their writing under the mentorship of a faculty that is a virtual “who’s who” of successful award-winning writers, including poets Gregory Pardlo – a Pulitzer Prize winner – Patrick Rosal, and J.T. Barbarese; fiction writers, such as Robin Black, Lauren Grodstein, and Lisa Zeidner; and nonfiction writers, including Lise Funderburg and Paul Lisicky. The program also regularly welcomes visiting professors such as Karen Russell and Emud Mokhberi.

The competitive Rutgers–Camden MFA program in creative writing requires 39 credits of coursework and completion of a thesis for this terminal degree concentrating in fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction.

More information about Rutgers–Camden’s MFA program in creative writing is available at mfa.camden.rutgers.edu.

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