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The Graduate Scholars Fellowship (formerly the Chancellorís Minority Scholarship)

The Graduate Scholars Fellowship exists to assist incoming under-represented minority students with the costs associated with full-time study in a graduate program at Indiana University, Bloomington, leading to the M.F.A. or Ph.D. The fellowship is awarded on the basis of the applicant's merits and abilities and is for students with a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

To be considered for the Graduate Scholars Fellowship, the applicant must be (1) a student of promising academic merit and ability; (2) admitted to one of the M.F.A. or doctoral programs of Indiana University, Bloomington; (3) a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; and (4) African American, Hispanic American, Pacific Islander or Native American., with tribal enrollment card or proof of descent.

The Graduate Scholars Fellowship is a three-, four-, or five-year financial package that consists of one-year fellowship support and up to four years of a departmental graduate assistantship. The annual stipend for students in the humanities is $20,000 plus tuition and subsidized health insurance. A recruiting visit to Bloomington is provided for each student offered a Graduate Scholars Fellowship.

Past Creative Writing recipients of the Chancellor's Minority Fellowship:

Cherae Clark, 2014-17
Ambika Gabriel, 2014-17
Megan Giddings, 2013-16
Leslie Aguilar, 2012-15
Shayla Lawson, 2012-15
Ciara Miller, 2011-14
Asha French, 2004-07
Grady Jaynes, 2003-06


Departmental Fellowships and Awards


Neal-Marshall Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing

Awarded to outstanding incoming African-American, Latino/a, Asian-American and Native-American students, named in honor of Marcellus Neal, the first African-American graduate of Indiana University (B.A., Mathematics, 1895), and Frances Marshall, Indiana University's first female African-American graduate (B.A., English, 1919). All qualifying applicants in poetry and fiction are eligible for this fellowship.

Recent recipients of the Neal-Marshall Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing:

  • Paul Asta, 2013-14
  • Aliah "Lavonne" Jahan-Tigh 2013-14
  • Danielle Quintos, 2013-14
  • Tia Clark, 2012-13
  • Kien Lam, 2012-13
  • Shayla Lawson, 2012-13
  • Lisa Kwong, 2011-12
  • Nandi Comer, 2010-11
  • Janet Ha, 2010-11
  • Jasmine Sawers, 2010-11
  • Kurian Johnson, 2009-10
  • Deborah Kim, 2009-10
  • Paul Rogers, 2009-10
  • Catherine Bartlett, 2008-09
  • Daniel Lockhart, 2008-09
  • Michael Dauro, 2008-09
  • Rachel Gray, 2008-09
  • Megan Bass, 2008-09
  • Kinzee Ellis, 2007-08
  • Nina Mamikunian, 2007-08
  • Andres Sanabria, 2007-08
  • Chad Anderson, 2006-07
  • William Johnson, 2006-07
  • Kelly Kennedy, 2006-07
  • Jackson Brown, 2005-06
  • Steven Dolence, 2005-06
  • Abdel Shakur, 2005-06
  • Shawna Ayoub, 2004-05
  • Monique Harris, 2004-05
  • Mitchell Douglas, 2003-04
  • Micah Ling, 2003-04
  • Aisha Sharif, 2003-04


Yusef Komunyakaa Fellowship in Poetry

Awarded to an outstanding incoming student in poetry, established in honor of Yusef Komunyakaa, who taught in Indiana University's Creative Writing Program and Department of English from 1985 through 1996, during which time his work received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry, the William Faulkner Prize, the Southern Literary Association's Hanes Poetry Prize, among other honors. All applicants in poetry are eligible for this fellowship.

Recent recipients of the Yusef Komunyakaa Fellowship in Poetry:

  • Jessica Franck, 2013-14
  • Britt Ashley, 2012-13
  • Stephanie Horvath, 2011-12
  • Bethany Carlson, 2009-10
  • Michael Hartwell, 2008-09
  • Marcus Wicker, 2007-08
  • Luke Hankins, 2006-07
  • Nathaniel Perry, 2005-07
  • Amelia Martens, 2004-06
  • Joanna Lin Want, 2003-05


Omar S. Castaneda Fellowship in Fiction

Awarded to an outstanding incoming student in fiction, established in honor of Omar S. Castaneda, who was a member of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program's first graduating class (1983) and whose seven novels, short story collections, books for children, and edited anthologies received several national honors including the 1993 Charles H. and N. Mildred Nilon Award for Excellence in Minority Fiction and the Boston Globe Literary Press Award. Omar S. Castaneda died in 1997. All applicants in fiction are eligible for this fellowship.

Recent recipients of the Omar S. Castaneda Fellowship in Fiction:

  • Kayla Thomas, 2103-14
  • Randi Beck, 2012-13
  • Katherine Moulton, 2011-12
  • Pablo Pinero, 2009-10
  • Kristina Barolome, 2008-09
  • Juliana Crespo, 2007-08
  • Danny Nguyen, 2006-07
  • Rajesh Reddy, 2005-07
  • Roberta Kwok, 2004-06
  • Kristen Gentry, 2003-05


Ernest Hemingway Fellowship in Fiction

Awarded to an outstanding incoming student in fiction, donated by Madelaine Hemingway Miller, in honor of her brother, Ernest Hemingway, one of North America's most famous novelists, short-story writers and essayists, whose deceptively simple prose style influenced a wide range of writers, and who was the recipient of the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature. All applicants in fiction are eligible for this fellowship.

Recent recipients of the Ernest Hemingway Fellowship in Fiction:

  • Allie Barkmeier, 2013-14
  • Peter Kispert, 2013-14
  • John Howard, 2012-13
  • August Evans, 2011-12
  • Joseph Hiland, 2010-11
  • Caroline Diggins, 2009-10
  • Michael Manis, 2008-09
  • John Bradley Bazzle, 2007-08
  • Raleigh Lee, 2007-08
  • Kate Russell, 2006-07
  • Alexander Weinstein, 2005-06
  • Christina Harvey, 2004-05


Jane Foulkes Malone Fellowship in Creative Writing

Awarded to an outstanding incoming student in creative writing, donated by William E. Malone and others, in honor of Jane Foulkes Malone, who lived a life with courage, intelligence, and caring. All applicants in poetry and fiction are eligible for this fellowship.

Recent recipients of the Jane Foulkes Malone Fellowship in Creative Writing:

  • Scott Fenton, 2103-14
  • Brianna Low, 2013-14
  • David "Scott" Miles,012-13
  • Douglas Case, 2011-12
  • Elizabeth Klehfoth, 2011-12
  • Megan Fitzgerald, 2010-11
  • Joseph Hiland, 2010-11
  • Justin Wolfe, 2010-11
  • Morgan Adams, 2009-10
  • Rachel Lyon, 2009-10
  • Cecil Sayre, 2009-10
  • Patrick Coleman, 2008-09
  • Rachel Gray, 2008-09
  • Aya Bassiouny, 2008-09
  • John Bradley Bazzel, 2007-08
  • Magdalena Sokolowski, 2007-08
  • Roxana Cazan, 2006-07
  • Sarah Wyatt, 2005-06
  • Megan Savage, 2004-05
  • Tracy Truels, 2004-05
  • William Boast, 2003-04



Ledig House International Writers' Colony Residency Fellowship

A one-month-long residency fellowship awarded to outstanding third-year M.F.A. students in fiction. The Ledig House International Writers' Colony is located approximately two and a half hours north of New York City in the hamlet of Omi, in the scenic Hudson River Valley. Writers and translators from all fields live and write on the 300-acre grounds and sculpture park that overlook the Catskill Mountains. During the residency fellows have the chance not only to write but also to meet other guests as well as visiting literary agents and prominent editors from major New York publishing houses. The Ledig House International Writers' Colony Residency Fellowship is made possible by an anonymous donor. All third-year M.F.A. students in fiction are eligible for this fellowship.

Recent recipients of the Ledig House International Writers' Colony Residency Fellowship:

  • Katherine Moulton, 2014
  • Janet Ha, 2013
  • Rachel Lyon, 2012
  • Catalina Bartlett, 2011
  • Bradley Bazzle, 2010
  • Chad Anderson, 2009
  • Megan Savage, 2006
  • Christina Harvey, 2006
  • Robin Kish, 2005
  • Crystal S. Thomas, 2004
  • Nathalie Arnold, 2003
  • Leslie Leasure, 2003


William E. Wilson Fellowship in Fiction

Awarded to an outstanding incoming student in fiction, donated by Hana Wilson and the family and friends of novelist and critic William E. Wilson, who taught fiction writing and literature at Indiana University from 1950 to 1972, was the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, and who served as the Director of the Creative Writing Program for more than two decades. All applicants in fiction are eligible for this fellowship.

Recent recipients of the William E. Wilson Fellowship in Fiction:

  • Shayla Lawson, 2012-13
  • Virginia Thomas, 2010-11
  • Carline Diggins, 2009-10
  • Keith Leonard, 2009-10
  • Michael Manis, 2008-09
  • Ashley Rutter, 2007-08
  • Kate Russell,2006-07
  • Jackson Brown, 2005-06
  • Steven Dolence, 2005-06
  • Vanessa Mancinelli, 2005-06
  • Abdel Shakur, 2005-06
  • Alexander Weinstein, 2005-06
  • Christina Harvey, 2004-05
  • Megan Savage, 2004-05

Samuel Yellen Fellowship in Poetry

Awarded to an outstanding incoming student in poetry, donated by Edna Yellen and the friends of poet and critic Samuel Yellen, who taught creative writing and literature at Indiana University from 1929 to 1973, was the author of seven books of poetry and social criticism, and who founded and subsequently edited the Indiana University Press Poetry Series. All applicants in poetry are eligible for this fellowship.

Recent recipients of the Samuel Yellen Fellowship in Poetry:

  • Daniel Minty, 2013-14
  • Shayla Lawson, 2012-13
  • Jennifer Luebbers, 2010-11
  • Morgan Adams, 2009-10
  • Patrick Coleman, 2008-09
  • Kelly Wilson, 2007-08
  • Roxana Cazan, 2006-07
  • Benjamin Debus, 2005-06
  • Hannah Notess, 2005-06
  • Cate Whetzel, 2005-06
  • Sarah Wyatt, 2005-06
  • Matthew Colglazier, 2004-05
  • Maria Noffsinger, 2003-04


Lois Davidson Ellis Fellowship in Creative Writing

Awarded to an outstanding incoming student in creative writing, donated by Timothy D. Ellis of Bloomington in honor of his late wife, Lois Davidson Ellis. All applicants in poetry and fiction are eligible for this fellowship.

Recent recipients of the Lois Davidson Ellis Fellowship in Creative Writing:

  • Peter Kispert, 2013-14
  • John Howard, 2012-13
  • David Love, 2011-12
  • Joseph Hiland, 2010-11
  • Keith Leonard, 2009-10
  • Patrick Coleman, 2008-09
  • Pilar Andrus, 2005-06
  • Emily Doak, 2003-04


Bertolt Clever Literary Award

The Bertolt Clever Literary Award is given to an outstanding work of fiction or poetry written by a currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student who intends to pursue a career in writing. The award was donated by Ingrid Clever in honor of her son, Bertolt Clever, who was graduated from Indiana University in 1984 with a B.A. in English, and whose premature death in 1999 followed a heart transplant four years earlier. During his life he published more than twenty poems in magazines including Mid-American Review, Nexus, the James White Review, and elsewhere, and his short fiction received the 1997 Midwest Writers Workshop Manny Award. In 2001 Croytanner Press in West Lafayette, Indiana, published a collection of his work titled SELECTED BERT. The amount of the award is $500.

Recent recipients of the Bertolt Clever Literary Award:

  • Joshua Allen, 2014
  • Britt Ashley, 2013
  • Jennifer Luebbers, 2012
  • Megan Fitzgerald, 2011
  • Raleigh Lee, 2010
  • Kelly Kennedy, 2009
  • Cate Whetzel, 2007-08
  • Cate Whetzel, 2006
  • Megan Savage, 2005
  • Douglas Cox, 2004
  • Laura Otto, 2003


Ross Lockridge, Jr. Award in Creative Writing

The Ross Lockridge, Jr. Award in Creative Writing recognizes a graduate student whose work shows considerable promise, whether in fiction, poetry, playwrighting, or creative prose. The award was donated by Larry Lockridge in honor of his father, Ross Lockridge, Jr., Indiana University alumnus and author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling novel RAINTREE COUNTY, which was published in 1948. The award alternates between students enrolled in fiction and those enrolled in poetry. The amount of the award is $250.

Recent recipients of the Ross Lockridge, Jr. Award in Creative Writing:

  • Scott Fenton, 2014
  • Tia Clark, 2013
  • Elizabeth Klehfoth, 2012
  • Kurian Johnson, 2011
  • Bradley Bazzle, 2010
  • Marcus Wicker, 2009
  • Tracy Truels, 2007-08
  • Tracy Truels, 2006
  • Robin Vogelzang, 2005
  • Susan Finch, 2004
  • Laurie Filipelli, 2003


Jean Shepherd Literary Award

The Jean Shepherd Literary Award recognizes an outstanding work of fiction written by a graduate student currently enrolled in the M.F.A. Program. The award was donated by the estate of Jean Shepherd. The amount of the award is $250.

Recent recipients of the Jean Shepherd Literary Award:

  • Justin Wolfe, 2011
  • Pablo Pinero, 2010
  • Ashley Rutter, 2009
  • William Christopher Johnson, 2006
  • Megan Savage, 2006 Honorable Mention
  • Christina Harvey, 2005
  • Sara Jane Stoner, 2004
  • Susan Finch, 2003


Vera Meyer Strube Poetry Prize

The Vera Meyer Strube Poetry Prize, sponsored through the Academy of American Poetry, recognizes an outstanding graduate student working in poetry. The award was donated by Jean Meyer Aloe in honor of her aunt, Vera Meyer Strube, a life-long Indianapolis resident, a writer of family memoirs, an avid reader, and a staunch supporter of poetry. The amount of the award is $250.

Recent recipients of the Vera Meyer Strube Poetry Prize:

  • Paul Asta, 2014
  • Cahterine Lycurgus, 2013
  • Kevin Eldridge, 2012
  • Nandi Comer, 2011
  • Keith Leonard, 2010
  • Catalina Bartlett, 2009
  • B. Debus, 2006
  • K. Keener, 2005
  • Robin Vogelzang, 2004
  • Laurie Filipelli, 2003


Earle S. Ho Award for Outstanding Teaching in Creative Writing

The Earle S. Ho Award for Outstanding Teaching in Creative Writing recognizes a creative writing associate instructor in the second or third year of his or her teaching contract. The award was donated by Earle S. Ho, who recognizes the important influence creative writing may have on a person's daily life. The amount of the award is $500.

Recent recipients of the Earl S. Ho Award for Outstanding Teaching in Creative Writing:

  • Elizabeth Klehfoth, 2014
  • Justin Wolfe, 2013
  • Pablo Pinero, 2012
  • Patrick Coleman, 2011
  • Marcus Wicker, 2010
  • Roxana Cazan, 2009
  • Steven Dolence, 2008-09
  • Neil Perry, 2008-09
  • Jacqueline Jones LaMon, 2005
  • K Keener, 2005
  • Heather Madden, 2004
  • Laurie Filipelli, 2003


Guy Lemmon Awards for Public Writing

The Guy Lemmon Awards for Public Writing recognizes students with impressive records in public writing and public involvement, and are awarded in three areas: creative writing, commercial/professional writing, and service learning. The Guy Lemmon Awards were established in 1997 by a gift from the estate of Richard Zahn to honor his father-in-law, Guy Lemmon, who was graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in English in 1912. Both men pursued professional careers in advertising. The amount of the award for a graduate winner is $500, or $750 if no award is given that year in the undergraduate category.

Recent recipients of the Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing (Creative Writing division):

  • Katie Moulton, 2014
  • Katie Moulton, 2013
  • Jennifer Luebbers, 2013
  • Deborah Kim, 2012
  • Caroline Diggins, 2012
  • Rachel Lyon, 2012
  • Nina Mamikunian, 2010
  • Marcus Wicker, 2010
  • Jenny Burdge, 2008
  • Abdel Shakur, 2007
  • Esther Lee, 2005
  • Jennifer Hodl Solomon, 2005
  • Sara Jane Stoner, 2005
  • Crystal S. Thomas, 2004

Recent recipients of the Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing (Professional Writing division):

  • Laura Otto, 2004
  • Alison Umminger, 2003

Educational Opportunity Fellowship

The goal of the Educational Opportunity Fellowship is based on the premise that some promising students do not fare well in conventional competition for graduate fellowships. Common examples are students who have attended marginally adequate or inadequate schools, who have been required to work excessively while attending school, or who are products of social and economic background which make acquiring education an unreasonable difficult enterprise. To qualify for the Educational Opportunity Fellowship, an individual must be (1) admitted for or continuing with full-time graduate study at Indiana University, Bloomington, at the master's or doctoral level; (2) a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; (3) in acute financial need; (4) a first-generation college attender (neither parent or guardian has earned a baccalaureate degree); (5) a student of promising academic ability even though educational and/or economic background may have hampered preparation for graduate-level work; (6) a student who is not eligible for the normal kind of fellowship support which is based on demonstrated academic excellence.

Educational Opportunity Fellowship stipends are usually $1,500 per academic year. A possible summer award includes a $350 stipend and 6 credit hours. The fellowship entitles non-resident students to pay tuition at the resident rate up to a maximum of 12 credit hours per academic year semester.


McNair Graduate Fellowship

$18,000 to $25,000 stipend (depending on the field of study), plus tuition, subsidized health insurance and recruitment visit
The McNair Graduate Fellowship is for outstanding McNair Scholars entering Ph.D. or M.F.A. programs at Indiana University, Bloomington. The McNair Graduate Fellowship is intended to increase the number of underrepresented students who are first generation college students, low-income or minorities completing a Ph.D. degree, to increase the pool of underrepresented students pursuing careers in post-secondary education, and to establish role models for future minority students.
Each McNair Graduate Scholars will receive 4-5 years of support including stipend, tuition and subsidized health insurance. At least one year of the award is pure scholarship with no duties beyond continued progress towards the graduate degree. Annual stipends range from $18,000 - $25,000 depending on the discipline. For the remaining years, details of the guaranteed funding package depend on the department and will be a combination of other scholarships, research and/or teaching assistantships that cover full stipend, tuition and health insurance. For out-of-state students in the natural sciences, the five-year McNair Graduate Fellowship is worth approximately $200,000. Funds for a recruiting visit to Bloomington is also available for students offered a McNair Graduate Fellowship.
Nominees should have an outstanding academic background including GPA of at least 3.5. Continued funding each year will be determined by the Scholarsí adequate progress towards their Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree. In their nominations, departments will explain how funding of their nominee will increase the diversity of our graduate student community and/or contribute to the campus-wide effort to support the role of underrepresented students at the graduate student and faculty levels.



For more information on all of these fellowships, please visit the University Graduate Schoolís website.



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