University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)

University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR
Four-year program (60 credits)

Funding & Training: Teaching assistantships currently carry an annual stipend of $11,400 for students with a BA and $12,000 for students with an MA or the equivalent. TAs also receive a waiver of all tuition costs and teach two courses each semester. Students in their fourth year teach only one course per semester. Nearly all of our accepted students receive TAs. No final offer of assistantship can be made until all application materials have been received. Additionally, our students compete each year for several Walton Fellowships of $12,000 and several Lily Peter Fellowships of $1,000 or greater. Other graduate fellowships worth $3,000 per year for up to four years also may be available for academically qualified candidates.

Faculty: Geoffrey Brock, Geffrey Davis, John DuVal, Ellen Gilchrist, Allison Hammond, Michael Heffernan, Toni Jensen, Davis McCombs, Padma Viswanathan

Application (Deadline Jan. 13):

  1. Manuscript: 20 double-spaced pages for fiction;  8-10 poems for poetry
  2. Statement of purpose: approximately 300 words in length that gives us a sense of who you are as a writer and a person
  3. Teaching statement:at least 250 words in length, that describes your interest in and approach to teaching at the university level, particularly in regards to the teaching of composition
  4. Critical writing sample: 10 pages of academic writing such as a research paper
  5. Three letters of recommendation (deadline Jan. 23)
  6. Official transcripts with undergraduate GPA minimum of 3.00
  7. General GRE scores
  8. $40 application fee only if admitted into the program

Admission rate: “We receive more than 200 applications each year and generally admit 5 poets, 5 fiction writers, and 3-5 literary translators.” – Allison Hammond, Assistant Director [May 19, 2015]

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