University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Two-year program (36 credits)

Funding: In the first year, all MFA students accepted into the program are offered a full tuition waiver and a stipend of $16,000, either through a fellowship or a combination of a gradership and a fellowship, as well as $6,000 in summer funding. The total first year package equals $22,000. Applicants may also be considered, where appropriate, for Rackham Merit Fellowships, which offer, together with Department of English funding, a stipend and summer-funding package equalling $22,000. Second year support includes a complete tuition waiver, stipend (currently for 2013–2014, $18,600), and health care benefits through a Graduate Student Instructorship.

Faculty: Michael Byers, Linda Gregerson,Peter Ho Davies, Tung-hui Hu, Laura Kasischke, Khaled Mattawa, Eileen Pollack, Keith Taylor, Douglas Trevor, Claire Vaye Watkins

Application (Deadline Jan. 1):

  • Manuscript: 40 double-spaced pages for fiction; 15 pages for poetry
  • Statement of purpose: concise, up to two pages in length, double spaced, about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how Michigan’s graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. Disregard the 500 word limit stated on the application.
  • Personal statement: Clearly labeled, concise, up to two pages in length, double spaced, about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how Michigan’s graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. Disregard the 500 word limit stated on the application.
  • Biographical personal statement: Clearly labeled, concise, up to two pages in length, double spaced, about how your personal background and life experiences, including social, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. This is not an academic Statement of Purpose, but a discussion of the personal journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Disregard the 500 word limit stated on the application.
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • $75/90 application fee

Admission rate: Each year, we draw ten poets and twelve fiction writers from an applicant pool of roughly 1,000.

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