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Stegner Fellowship

Please consult the program website to confirm program details, including applicable deadlines.

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Program Purpose and Description

Unique among writing programs, Stanford University offers ten two-year fellowships each year, five in fiction and five in poetry. All the fellows in each genre convene weekly in a 3-hour workshop with faculty. Fellows are regarded as working artists, intent upon practicing and perfecting their craft. There are no curricular requirements other than workshop attendance and writing. The program offers no degree.


Fellowships include a living stipend of $26,000 per year. In addition, fellows' tuition and health insurance are paid for by the Creative Writing Program.

Applicant Profile

The Stanford Creative Writing Program's students are diverse in style and experience, with talent and seriousness being the true common denominators. No school of writing is favored by the Stegner Fellowship over any other.

Selection Criteria

In awarding fellowships, the selection committee considers the quality of the candidate's creative work, potential for growth and ability to contribute to and profit from the Creative Writing Program's writing workshops.


The Stegner Fellowship is a full-time academic commitment, and is not intended to be pursued concurrently with another degree program. Fellows must live close enough to Stanford to be able to attend workshops, readings, and events.


No degrees or tests are required for admission, and chronological age is not a consideration.


The program welcomes applicants of all nationalities.


Usually December 1.

How To Apply



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