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Apply to Be a Fellow

The Graduate School Writing Center is currently accepting applications, nominations, and recommendations for writing fellows.  To be considered for AY 2017-2018, please submit an application by June 15, 2017.  Students from STEM and social science disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Writing fellows are a select group of graduate students who have demonstrated mastery of writing in their disciplines and an aptitude for peer review. Past experience with writing centers and tutoring is desirable, though not essential. 

In recognition of their service, the Graduate School seeks to support writing fellows’ research. Fellows receive $500-$1,000 per fall and spring terms (with a possibility for summer term funding) to use toward research and conference travel, books, software for data management, etc.

Writing fellows:

  • Commit to work one-on-one with graduate students for two-four hours per week.
  • Facilitate workshops, weekly write-ins, and small groups with the program director.
  • Understand how to balance global writing concerns (such as the structure of the paper and argument) with local writing concerns (such as tense and usage).
  • Are personable and supportive.
  • Meet once a month with other fellows and the program director for training and support.
  • Select and develop a writing-in-the-disciplines project over the course of the semester.

Writing fellows are highly valued by the Graduate School and by their departments. Selection as a writing fellow indicates exceptional performance in a student’s field and notable potential as a future faculty member and/or practicing professional.

To apply, submit a writing sample (preferably over 10 pages), a letter of interest, and a current CV to Dr. Linda Macri, Director of Graduate Writing Initiatives. You will also need to secure two recommendations, one from a faculty member and one from the director of graduate studies in your department or program (sent directly from the recommender). For more information, contact Dr. Macri.

Contact Information

Writing Center
The Graduate School
University of Maryland

5100B McKeldin Library
College Park, MD 20742

301-405-9871
gradwritingfellows@umd.edu

Open Monday–Friday
Fall, Spring & Summer terms
Appointment only