Creative Writing & Literature: Additional Funding Opportunities

The English Department is committed to making graduate study at Mills as affordable and accessible as possible. As part of this commitment, in fall 2017 we moved to a per-credit tuition model for our creative writing and literature programs. This change enabled us to reduce annual tuition costs by more than $10,000 per student.

We also continue to offer graduate assistantships and fellowships to eligible students. The following program-specific sources of financial aid are available in addition to those outlined on our financial aid for graduate students page.

Graduate Assistantships | Full-Tuition Fellowships

Graduate Assistantships

All full-time students in our creative writing and literature programs can apply for a graduate assistantship. Depending on your degree program, positions are available in:

  • The Composition and Rhetoric Program
  • The Book Art Program
  • Our undergraduate creative writing and literature courses
  • The Place for Writers
  • 580 Split, our student-run literary journal
  • Research projects working with specific faculty members

To apply as a new student, please indicate your interest in a graduate assistantship in the departmental and financial aid section of the Mills admission application and then review the required materials listed for each available assistantship. Submit all admission materials, including the materials required for any assistantships in which you are interested, by the January 15 priority deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.

Full-Tuition Fellowships in Writing & Community Engagement

All new students who are applying for admission to our graduate creative writing and literature programs can apply for a full-tuition fellowship. If awarded, this highly competitive fellowship covers the cost of tuition for two years (if you enroll in the two-year program) or three years (if you enroll in the three-year program).

We award a small number of these full-tuition fellowships each year to incoming students who want to design and implement an innovative—even risky—project for presenting and/or teaching poetry, prose, literature, or book art in a way that leverages writing as a force for social change. With the mentorship of the College's renowned faculty, our Writing and Community Engagement Fellows pursue their projects during their graduate program at Mills.

Examples of projects that inspired the creation of these fellowships include:

  • Mark Nowak's poetry workshops with auto workers in the United States and South Africa
  • Rhodessa Jones’ storytelling and theater work with The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, and more recently, The Medea Project: HIV Circle
  • Heriberto Yepez' public poetry signage in Tijuana
  • The Off/Page project, a collaboration between the Center for Investigative Reporting and Youth Speaks
  • The Bard Prison Initiative, which creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women to earn a college degree while in prison