Monday, November 17, 2008

Washington University at St. Louis

David Schuman of Washington University at St. Louis has some updates for us. Thanks David!

First off, thanks to Tom for giving us this opportunity to get updated information to prospective applicants, and to Seth for posting about the changes we recently made to our website. Here at Wash U we sometimes feel, as Chris Arnold does about Purdue, that our program is a well-kept secret--maybe too well-kept! So I'm very glad to clarify our funding and teaching opportunities here.

Because of our selectivity and size, we are able to offer all our new students full and equal financial aid. For first year students, this has come in the form of a university fellowship which provides a complete tuition waiver plus a stipend sufficient for students to live comfortably in our relatively inexpensive city. We also provide full and equal funding to all of our second year students in the form of a Teaching Assistantship which, again, includes a full tuition waiver. To earn this assistantship, our students teach one section of an introductory creative writing workshop in their genres each semester of the second year (two sections total). Here are some more details.

For the First Year

Awards consist of scholarships, which cover the cost of tuition (for 2008-09, $36,200 for 2 semesters of 12 units each), plus a University Fellowship. The stipend for 2008-9 is $17,940. In addition, women should consider applying for the Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships for Women in Graduate Study. Olin fellowships are awarded university-wide, so competition is keen. The award in 2008-09 carries a stipend of $21,735 and, if performance is satisfactory, it is renewable for the length of the degree program. Additionally available is The Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship Program for students who would contribute to the diversity at the university. This is a university-wide competition and offers full tuition scholarships plus a stipend of no less than $26,000 per year. Except for the Olin fellowship and The Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship Program, there is no special application form for applying for financial aid.

For the Second Year

Support for the second year consists of a tuition scholarship and an assistantship to teach sections of Fiction or Poetry Writing 1. The stipend for a teaching assistantship for 2008-09 is $17,850. Prior teaching experience is not required. The teaching load is one section of 12 students in each semester.

In the past we've also been able to offer generous funding for the summer between the first and second year and we are working to ensure that we can continue to do so.

You can learn more about us on our website:

If you have any questions about the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis, please contact me at

David Schuman
Assistant Director
The Writing Program
Washington University in St. Louis


unsaid said...

Thanks for taking the time to provide more info on this program! I had no idea the funding was so great!

No Name said...

The link provided seems to go to an empty page, as does the link on the Graduate School's website. Has anyone found more info on the web?

No Name said...

Okay, it loaded now! Must have been a temporary server glitch or something.

Amish Trivedi said...

That's great to read! I just sent in my Wash U stuff!

sara e.g. said...

I'm very excited about this program--even more so after reading this! I'll be sending my app in next week.

Fairy said...

I got a grant from the federal government for $12,000 in financial aid, see how you can get one also at

boody said...

the Wash U Program in poetry was the most miserable, harassing experience of my life.

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Please do elaborate, boody. Inquiring minds (who are in the process of applying to WUSTL for poetry) want to know.

Btw, WUSTL asks about what other schools you're applying to on the cover sheet for the sample. Is it acceptable to leave that blank? Iowa also has a question on that. I've left the ones on the online applications blank, because those were just generic questions, but if the program is asking it specifically then they must really want to know... why, yield protect?

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