The Graduate Scholars Fellowship
The Graduate Scholars Fellowship, formerly the Chancellor's Minority Scholarship, exists to assist incoming under-represented minority students, students with a disability under the ADA, or first generation college 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; (4) meet one of the following criteria: (a) Domestic African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, or Pacific Islanders/Native Hawaiians (b) person with disabilities under the ADA or (c) a first generation college student (a student whose legal custodian(s) did not complete a four- year college degree).
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 Graduate Scholars 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:
- Aliah "Lavonne" Jahan-Tigh 2013-14
- Danielle Quintos, 2013-14
- Catherine Bartlett, 2008-09
- Mitchell Douglas, 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:
- Stephanie Horvath, 2011-12
- Michael Hartwell, 2008-09
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:
- Katherine Moulton, 2011-12
- Kristina Barolome, 2008-09
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:
- Caroline Diggins, 2009-10
- John Bradley Bazzle, 2007-08
- 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:
- David "Scott" Miles, 2012-13
- Elizabeth Klehfoth, 2011-12
- Megan Fitzgerald, 2010-11
- John Bradley Bazzel, 2007-08
- Magdalena Sokolowski, 2007-08
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:
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:
- Vanessa Mancinelli, 2005-06
- Alexander Weinstein, 2005-06
- Christina Harvey, 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:
- Jennifer Luebbers, 2010-11
- 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:
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:
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:
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:
- William Christopher Johnson, 2006
- Megan Savage, 2006 Honorable Mention
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:
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 Earle S. Ho Award for Outstanding Teaching in Creative Writing:
- Jacqueline Jones LaMon, 2005
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):
- Jennifer Hodl Solomon, 2005
Recent recipients of the Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing (Professional Writing division):
University Graduate School Fellowships
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 Scholars’ 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 these fellowships, please visit the
Indiana University Graduate School’s website.