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M.F.A. Aid and Awards

Standard Financial Support

The University Fellowship for every M.F.A. student in Creative Writing includes full tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend of $34,000. Additionally, second- and third-year students have the opportunity to teach a beginning creative writing workshop for one semester.

Additional Support Options

Students are eligible to receive travel grants to attend academic conferences, including the AWP Conference.


Kathryn Sedberry Poetry Prize

Awarded to a third-year MFA Poetry student. 

The Academy of American Poets Prize

Established in 1955 to encourage interest in poetry and writing among college students. All students enrolled at Vanderbilt University are eligible. The winner receives a cash award and a one-year membership to the Academy of American Poets.