Creative Writing & Literature: Additional Funding Opportunities

The Literatures and Languages 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 MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Literature Programs can apply for a part-time graduate assistantship. Depending on your degree program, positions are available in:

  • The Composition and Rhetoric Program
  • The Place for Writers
  • Undergraduate creative writing and literature courses
  • 580 Split, our student-run literary journal

To apply as a new first-year 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. New creative writing and literature students are eligible for positions in the Composition and Rhetoric Program and the Place for Writers.

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.

You will be able to reapply for assistantships each year that you are in the program, and additional assistantship positions become available after your first year.

Full-Tuition Fellowships in Writing & Community Engagement

New first-year students who are applying for admission to our MFA in Creative Writing or MA in Literature Programs can apply for a full-tuition fellowship. This highly competitive fellowship covers the cost of tuition at Mills for two years, and recipients are required to complete all degree requirements in two academic years.

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 while earning their MFA or MA at Mills.

Current and completed projects by our fellows include:

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

  • The Off/Page project, a collaboration between the Center for Investigative Reporting and Youth Speaks
  • Heriberto Yepez' public poetry signage in Tijuana
  • 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
  • The Bard Prison Initiative, which creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women to earn a college degree while in prison