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.
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
Prepare a brief statement (approximately 1,000 words) outlining your proposed project.
Applicants are encouraged to imagine a project that in some way propels poetry, prose,
literature, and book art into new encounters outside the academy. Projects can explore
new ways of teaching writing and/or literature, expanding arts access, creating new
forms of public performance, and/or promoting social change outside the academy.
Your proposal may be a continuation of work you are already pursuing.
We welcome links to personal websites and other supporting media hosted online, but
please include the full URLs instead of embedded links.
You may also submit a resume or CV that demonstrates relevant experience and skills.
Please note that proposals for writing workshops for specific demographics, while
appreciated, are commonly submitted by students vying for this highly competitive
Proposals are judged on their creativity and innovation, their potential for social impact and change, and the feasibility
that the project can be completed in the San Francisco Bay Areaover the course of the graduate program.
Title your statement "Your Full Name-Fellowship in Writing and Community Engagement." Also make this the file name for
your statement before uploading.
In the departmental and financial aid section of the Mills admission application, please indicate your intent to apply for this fellowship. Upload your proposal and
complete your admission application by the January 15 priority deadline.
If you have any questions about applying for this fellowship, contact Patricia Powell,
chair of graduate programs in English, at 510.430.2204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.