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Graduate Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships 

2016 Michael F. Klein Fellowship in Creative Writing & Social Justice

Michael F. Klein, a 1976 graduate of the University of Baltimore, has established and funded a fellowship award that promotes an awareness of social justice through creative writing and also provides the winner an opportunity to gain teaching experience. The fellowship will be awarded to a student whose writing demonstrates artistic merit and a strong interest in the pursuit of social justice.

Fellowship Award
The winner of the Klein Fellowship will receive a three-year tuition waiver and a graduate assistantship with stipend.

Eligibility
All applicants for the University of Baltimore’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program are eligible to compete. The winner must begin the program in fall 2017.

Application
To apply for the fellowship, include with your writing portfolio a 500-word essay discussing how your writing reflects your interest in social issues (race, gender identification, politics, etc.) and your commitment to social justice. The essay should refer to specific examples in your writing portfolio. 

Deadline and Submission Procedure
Applicants for the fellowship must apply for admission to the program by Feb. 15, 2017, and must submit their social justice essay as part of that application. 


Teaching Assistantships

First-year students are eligible to apply for a Klein Family School of Communication Design (KFSCD) teaching aide position. Students receiving this award will receive a nominal stipend to assist a professor with a KFSCD undergraduate class. This part-time position does not offer tuition remission.

Students will gain hands-on experience in:

  • developing syllabi and materials
  • mentoring students
  • teaching classes (or parts of classes)
  • evaluating student work.

Students in their second and third year who have successfully completed CWPA 761 Teaching Writing are eligible to apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) in the University Writing Program. In exchange for a tuition waiver and a small stipend, each GTA will teach two sections of First-Year Composition (WRIT 101 and WRIT100) per semester. Students apply in the spring for a position in the following fall semester.

teaching assistant '16

(Pictured l. to r.): 2016-17 graduate assistants John Tobin, Gary Sieck and Frank Caputo


For more information on graduate teaching assistantships and fellowships in the M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program, contact  Kendra Kopelke , program director, at  kkopelke@ubalt.edu .