All students in the New Writers Project receive two years of full funding through a combination of teaching assistantships and assistant instructorships from the English Department and fellowship support from the Michener Center for Writers. The complete package includes tuition benefits, funding for health insurance, and a living stipend. Along with covering the cost of attending the program, these teaching assistantships and assistant instructorships help us produce skilled writers and teachers.
During the first year of the program, students serve as teaching assistants (TAs) for the Department of English, grading and leading break-out discussion sections for students in survey courses of American, British, and world literature. The stipend for first-year TAs without a previous MA or equivalent is $13,684. The salary for those with a previous MA or equivalent is $15,074. These salaries are on top of full tuition reduction benefits and paid employee health insurance.
During their third semester in the program, students will either TA for a creative writing lecture course or lead their own stand-alone course in creative writing as assistant instructors (AIs). Either way, students will earn $8,521 as their salary, in addition to having a full tuition reduction benefit and paid employee insurance for the semester.
During their fourth semester in the program, our students are not employed and instead spend the time completing their thesis. For this final semester, students receive a generous fellowship from the James A. Michener Endowment and the English Department. The fellowship covers tuition, a living stipend, and a supplement for student insurance. The living stipend is equivalent to the salary earned in the first year as a TA. For a student without a previous M.A., that would be $6,842 for the semester, making the full stipend for the second year $15,363 on top of a full tuition waiver and funding for health insurance.
Crawley Research Grant
Upon completing their second semester in the program, students in the New Writers Project receive financial assistance in the form of Crawley Research Grant. This funding is designed to help our writers continue to write and research new material during the summer. UT alumnus John Crawley created the grant as his way of giving back to the creative writing program that influenced his student life and future career.